POWER [November 1, 2015]

Cover Stories

TOP PLANTS: Central Nuclear Néstor Kirchner (Atucha II), Lima, Argentina

Begun with grand ambitions in the early 1980s, the second unit at Argentina’s Atucha site ran smack into the country’s economic crises in the following decade. But a determined crew…

TOP PLANTS: Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Wintersburg, Arizona

The nearly 4-GW, three-unit Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station remains the largest generator of electricity in the U.S. for the 23rd consecutive year, producing more than 30 million MWh in…

Features

Ensuring Reliable Boiler Operation Through Proper Material Analysis

Creeped out and fatigued—that’s the state of many coal-fired boilers these days. Understanding failure mechanisms and suitable testing methods for identifying potential trouble can help you find problems before the…

Load Cycling and Boiler Metals: How to Save Your Power Plant

As many coal-fired power plants designed for baseload service are asked to cycle, unforeseen stresses have been introduced to boiler pressure parts. Understanding the effects and implementing mitigation strategies could…

Marooned: How Island Power Systems Keep the Lights On

Largely dependent on imported fuel oil, many island systems must grapple with soaring electricity costs and reliability issues, in part because they are isolated and they don’t benefit from economies…

Minimizing Coal Dust Combustion Hazards: Lessons from Laramie River Station

Coal dust combustion events injured employees and damaged equipment at Laramie River Station in May 2013. Any dust-filled facility could consider implementing some of the plant’s corrective actions to reduce…

On the Nuclear Frontier: New Designs Aim to Replace LWRs

Generation III nuclear reactors have not shown much ability to overcome the weaknesses of conventional Gen-II light-water reactor technology, offering at best evolutionary approaches. Is there room for a more…

Turning Brownfields into Greenfields: From Coal to Clean Energy

As the coal industry declines in many places around the world, can the mines it leaves behind be repurposed for cleaner energy projects that benefit multiple stakeholders, including local economies?…

Wildlife and Power Plants: New Solutions for Animal Problems

Some critters may be cute, but when jellyfish gum up power plant cooling systems; birds, rats, snakes, or squirrels cause electrical shorts; or invasive mollusk species obstruct hydropower plant pipes,…

Departments

Commentary

Reduce Ozone When and Where It Matters Most

Just as we were drafting this commentary, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new ground-level ozone rule, tightening the standard from 75 to 70 ppb. The projected human…

Legal & Regulatory

FERC's Enforcement Priorities After 10 Years Under the EPAct

On August 8, 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) was signed into law. It remains, arguably, the last significant piece of energy legislation to be enacted in the…

Focus on O&M

Smart Access Planning Enables Efficient Cooling Tower Maintenance

Two hyperbolic cooling towers rise 495 feet over Exelon Corp.’s Byron Generating Station about 110 miles west of Chicago, Ill. The towers help cool the two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors…

Global Monitor

AREVA’s Next-Gen BWR Fuel Is Tested in the U.S.

AREVA has installed the first-ever boiling water reactor (BWR) assemblies in the U.S. that features an 11x11 fuel rod array, the French nuclear giant revealed this September. The new fuel…

India Refocuses Coal Future

India, the world’s most coal-dependent nation, has over the last few months very publicly shifted its stance on coal power. In October, the country announced its commitment for the upcoming COP21 global


New Options for Solar PV

The global market for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels shows no signs of slowing down, with cumulative installed capacity expected to reach 700 GW and annual demand to pass 100 GW…

POWER Digest

Dutch Court Clears Eemshaven Coal Plant for Operation. A Dutch court on Sept. 9 rejected claims that an environmental license issued for RWE’s 1.6-GW Eemshaven coal-fired power plant was issued…

Power Giants to Get Federal Funds to Develop Large-Scale Carbon Capture Pilots

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants GE to plan and propose a large-scale pilot test of a carbon dioxide capture solution that uses a class of amino silicone compounds used to soften hair or clothing. The


South Africa Puts First Large IPP Project Online

South Africa reached a milestone this September when it put online its first large-scale project owned by an independent power producer (IPP). The inauguration of the 335-MW Dedisa Peaking Power plant located



Speaking of Power

Fuel Guidelines, Fuel Consumption, and Climate Change

See if you can fill in the blanks: “A debate has been created after a paper was published in the BLANK Journal, suggesting the new BLANK Guidelines... are biased and…

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