COAL POWER Direct [Dec. 7, 2016]

"Who Moved My Btus?" The Pitfalls of Extended Coal Storage

Many coal power stations have recently been operating at historically low capacity factors or have even undergone extended economic shutdowns. This can result in coal stockpiles that are exposed to…

Coal-Fired Generation Projected to Surpass Natural Gas This Winter

Coal, the unchallenged leader in U.S. power generation for most of the past century, may regain its place at the top of the energy mix hierarchy this winter, according to…

Boiler Cleaning with Shock Pulse Generators

Increasing plant efficiency and reducing maintenance costs is important for economic power plant operation. One part of the task involves keeping the boiler heating surfaces as clean as possible, which…

Arrests Made After Scaffold Collapse Kills 74 Workers at Chinese Power Plant

Nine people, including the chairman and chief engineer of the Fengcheng power plant, have been arrested following a scaffold collapse that killed 74 construction workers on November 24. The scaffold…

Canada to Allow Saskatchewan to Keep Coal Plants Running Beyond 2030

An agreement between Canada's federal government and Saskatchewan will allow the province to continue operating its coal-fired power plants beyond 2030 as long as it achieves equivalent emission-reduction outcomes. The…

Advanced Furnace Draft Pressure Control Using Electraulic Damper Drives

Pneumatic furnace damper drives may be more common, but electro-hydraulic actuators provide several advantages to the more traditional control scheme. One fossil-fired plant in Taiwan achieved more consistent and accurate…