POWER [February 1, 2016]

Cover Stories

Bagasse and Blended Biomass Cogeneration Advances in the Cuban Sugarcane Industry

Advances in firing biomass, including bagasse, in Cuban sugarcane operations.

CHP and Other Technologies Could Breathe New Life into U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants

Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its “new source performance standard” on August 3, 2015, requiring new coal power plants in the U.S. to emit no more than 636 kg (1,400 lb) of

CHP Update: Policies, Partnerships, and Challenges

Combined heat and power (CHP) is hot again—in more ways than one. After a surge in capacity during the 1980s, kick-started by the 1978 federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) that was designed


Innovative Heat Exchanger Technology Enhances Proven Designs

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers have been around longer than anyone reading this article. The heat exchanger offers many advantages. It can be used in condensing, boiling, or single-phase applications; it can

Navigating Legal Implications of Power Industry Regulations

A summary of POWER's legal affairs conference on power industry regulations.

Nuclear Relicensing: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

There is perhaps no industry in the U.S. experiencing a greater range of fortunes than nuclear power. Across much of the country, nuclear plants that must compete in deregulated markets are often economically

Power Technology Innovations from the Developing World

In its recently released Energy Technology Perspectives 2015, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted that innovation in the energy sector differs from progress in other sectors in that it tends to move

TransAlta Plays Defense with Coal Out, Renewables In

When it comes to a transition away from coal, TransAlta Corp. is playing political defense. The Canadian province of Alberta contains among the richest fossil energy resources in the world, including oil (and

Using Sensor Technologies to Optimize Maintenance of Power Plant Water Systems

When we undertook an initiative at Granite Ridge Energy (GRE) to identify, prioritize, and assess components that were due for their 10-year assessments, we didn’t know quite what we were taking on or how to



Fusion Power Illusions, Delusions, and Hope

Fusion provides the energy of the sun and all stars, but harnessing fusion for civilian electric power has proven exceptionally difficult. For over 50 years the U.S. government has pursued

Legal & Regulatory

Challenges of Increasing Dependence on Gas-Fired Generation

Use of natural gas for power generation in the U.S. is skyrocketing. From 2005 to 2015, the share of energy produced from gas has increased over 80%, with gas now comprising about 35% of the fuel mix. This

Focus on O&M

Coal Ash Mapping Using Electromagnetic Technology

The identification and containment of coal ash has risen to the top of the priority list for plant managers across the U.S. after inadvertent releases of coal ash into unintended areas resulted in adverse

LED Lighting Improves Visibility and Saves Money for Power Plant

Drax Power Station, a 3,960-MW six-unit facility located in North Yorkshire, England, is the largest power plant in the UK. It was constructed in two stages, with the first three units completed in 1974 and

Global Monitor

Chile's Newest Hydro Plant Takes Shape in the Desert

Plans to build a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in the world’s driest region won the approval of environmental regulators in Chile this December. The unique 300-MW project proposed by Valhalla Energia

Nuclear Newcomers Face Varying Hurdles

Nuclear ambitions fostered by some countries were tested by a variety of events at the end of 2015. Work Continues on Turkey’s Russian-Built Akkuyu Plant. Reports that Russia has halted construction of

POWER Digest (February 2016)

RWE Abandons Hard Coal Construction Project. RWE scrapped plans to complete the 800-MW Block D of the Hamm hard coal plant in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on December 18, citing damage and delays

Russian Fast Reactor Connected to the Grid

In a leap for fast neutron power technology, Russia's Rosatom has connected Unit 4 of its Beloyarsk nuclear plant in the Urals region to the grid. The 880-MW BN-800 unit--the latest generation of fast reactors

Statkraft Ends Investments in Offshore Wind Projects

Europe’s largest generator of renewable power will no longer invest in new offshore wind projects and may postpone some international hydro plants. Norwegian state-owned power company Statkraft will stop

Wind Funnel Generator Is Channeling Interest

A unique wind funnel–based power generating system that is quickly garnering interest from investors could see first construction kickoff in the first quarter of 2016. The INVELOX (short for “increased

Speaking of Power

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