POWER [November 1, 2014]

Cover Stories

Top Plant: Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Plant, Liaoning Province, China

While other countries move to reduce or eliminate nuclear generation, China has been rapidly expanding it. With 27 reactors under construction, its installed nuclear capacity is expected to more than…

Top Plant: Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, Unit 1, Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, India

Think your nuclear plant faced delays and obstacles? India’s Kudankulam project, Unit 1 of which begins commercial operation this month, spent 26 years in development and construction and faced down…

Features

Boosting Efficiency with a Sootblowing Optimization System

Too-frequent sootblowing can damage boiler components and place a big load on plant efficiency, but not enough of it can be just as big a problem. A sootblowing optimization system…

China's War on Air Pollution

China has been battling—and losing—a “war” on air pollution for years. Stepping up its efforts, the country recently issued new policy measures, tougher even than those in the U.S. and…

Coal-Fired Power Plant Heat Rate Improvement Options, Part 1

Even without regulatory considerations, there are good reasons for virtually every coal-fired power plant to improve its heat rate. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has looked at dozens of…

Gas Peakers with Clutches Power Bakken Oil Boom

With rapidly growing electricity demand from North Dakota’s booming shale oil industry, Basin Electric Power Cooperative needed flexible peaking generation in a hurry. Two stations equipped with LM6000 turbines and…

Improve Plant Efficiency and Reduce CO2 Emissions When Firing High-Moisture Coals

Improving efficiency at existing coal-fired power plants anywhere in the world is a path of no regret: A more efficient power plant uses less coal, has lower emissions, and experiences…

Repowering Erbil Power Project Adds 500 MW to Kurdistan Grid

After building three 1,000-MW dual-fuel simple cycle plants, each with eight combustion turbines, Mass Global Holding Ltd. recently repowered the Erbil Gas Power Station, located in Iraqi Kurdistan, using vertical…

Spent Nuclear Fuel: Is Off-Site Storage Now Off the Agenda?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent “waste confidence” ruling, which declares storage of spent fuel at reactor sites safe indefinitely, could fundamentally undercut the decades-long U.S. policy of seeking an off-site,…

Departments

Commentary

New Grid Vulnerabilities Demand New Technology

Quick, the grid is down—what do you do? If your procedures are like most, you rely on a combination of static restoration plans, emergency management system protocols, and operator experience…

Legal & Regulatory

Reevaluating the Wholesale Market Power Analysis

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) serves as the gatekeeper to wholesale power markets in interstate commerce. The process to obtain and retain authority to sell into these markets at…

Focus on O&M

Improved Resin Material Boosts Capture of Cobalt at Nuclear Plants

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has teamed with Purolite Corp. to begin the commercial manufacture of a new resin for removing radioactive elements from the internal water streams of…

Portable Oil Analysis Tools Reduce Routine Maintenance Costs

What do a power plant, a hospital, a police station, and a remote mine have in common? They all have essential assets requiring uninterruptible power, commonly powered by an engine…

Global Monitor

Drought Stresses Brazilian Electricity Market

A lack of rainfall is hitting the power industry especially hard in parts of Brazil. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the country depends on hydroelectricity for more…

Europe's Largest Commercial Battery Storage Facility Opens

Just as POWER predicted in its May issue (see “The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride”), energy storage is starting to gain traction, not only in the U.S., but around…

India Proposes Massive Solar Build-Out

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in September issued a proposal to vastly increase the county’s reliance on solar photovoltaic (PV) generation, taking installed capacity from its current…

Indonesia Law Seeks to Allow Development of Volcano Power

This August, in a bid to bolster its latent geothermal energy industry, Indonesia passed new laws that allow geothermal exploration in protected areas such as forests. Located in the Ring…

POWER Digest (November 2014)

Finland Rejects Permit Extension for Olkiluoto Reactor. Finland’s government on Sept. 25 rejected an application from utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) to extend a permit for its proposed Olkiluoto 4…

Sweden to Consider Nuclear-Free Future

Sweden is reconsidering phasing out nuclear power in favor of a 100% renewables power mix. The country’s 10 operating nuclear power plants produce about 40% of the Scandinavian country’s power.…

THE BIG PICTURE: China's Nuclear Ambitions

With 40% of the world's reactor's under construction, China's nuclear ambitions are vast and include a full-integrated domestic supply chain.  

Vietnam Delays Nuclear Power Plant Construction

Vietnam won’t begin work on its first of eight planned nuclear power plants until at least 2020 or 2022 to ensure safety, the country’s Trade Ministry announced in September. Russia’s…

World's First Post-Combustion CCS Coal Unit Is Online in Canada

The first full-scale commercial post-combustion carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project at an operating coal-fired power plant is now online in Estevan, Saskatchewan, roughly 10 miles north of the U.S.…

Speaking of Power

Signs of Progress for Cleaner Coal Power

A number of recent developments suggest that continued use of a plentiful and relatively affordable fuel may have a future worldwide that is brighter than it now seems. That’s because,…

GBR Reports

Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan in Action

The decision to eliminate coal-fired power plants and the implementation of an aggressive feed-in tariff program puts Ontario’s electricity system in the spotlight. Download a pdf of this sponsored report,…