COAL POWER Direct [September 1, 2006]

Boiler Conversion: Converting a Boiler from Burning Bituminous Coals to PRB Coals Can Be a Challenge

Design techniques and operating experience with Powder River Basin (PRB) coals have advanced significantly over the past 35 years for boilers that were originally designed for this fuel. Today, boiler…

Case Histories: Asheville Power Station’s Retrofit First to Meet North Carolina’s Clean Smokestacks Act

Asheville Power Station’s Unit 1 in Arden, North Carolina, was the first coal-fired unit to be modified with a flue gas desulphurization (FGD) system and placed in service to meet…

Case Histories: Co-Firing Coal and Oat Hulls Reduces Emissions at University Power Plant

The University of Iowa (UI) Biomass Fuel Project has produced significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, regulated boiler stack emissions, and purchased energy costs. The project utilizes a renewable, biomass…

Case Histories: Synthetic Oil and Enhanced Filtration Reduce Wear and Extend Gear Life

A coal-fired power plant operating in the western U.S. was experiencing short gearbox life in its coal-pulverizing operation. After an annual gearbox inspection, oil analysis results indicated that the AGMA…

Coal Users Community: Growth Is the Byword for Gasification

The Gasification Technologies Council (GTC, www.gasification.org) was created in 1995 with a straightforward mission: to promote the greater use of gasification as an environmentally and economically preferred alternative for the…

Cover Story: FutureGen: Zero-Emission Power Plant of the Future

In early 2003 the United States announced its plans to build a zero-emission prototype of the fossil fuel power plant of the future called FutureGen. It is one of the…

Editorial: Tax Credits Should Help Promote Coal-Based Power Generation Technologies

In order to promote coal-based technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy will be assisting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the selection of projects to receive tax credits. According to…

Emissions: Clean Air Interstate and Clean Air Mercury Rules: An Overview

Utility customers depend on and expect reliable, affordable electricity for virtually every aspect of their lives. At the same time, electricity producers in the United States are faced with finding…

Projects

Reliant Energy Commits $350 Million for Environmental Upgrades at Two Key Facilities Reliant Energy has announced plans to install state-of-the-art emission control systems at two Pennsylvania power plants, a major…

Scrubbing: Optimizing Flue Gas Desulfurization Technologies Is Essential

New flue gas desulfurization (FGD) units are being installed at utilities in many parts of the U.S. and a large percentage of the new scrubbers are of the wet limestone…