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Instrumentation & Controls


Power plant security issues. Latest developments and case studies of new and retrofit power plant digital and wireless instrumentation and control systems

How to Put the Power Grid to Work to Prevent Wildfires

While not a new occurrence, in recent years wildfires have wreaked havoc across the western U.S. We have also seen Mother Nature batter coastlines and landscapes around the globe, and…



Using Data for Smarter Power Generation

Power plant operators continually search for ways to make electricity production and transmission more efficient. With more generation sources coming online, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is…


How NRG Energy Uses IIoT Technology to Optimize Asset Performance and Predict Failures

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology is changing how power plants operate. One generating station incorporated new wireless vibration sensors with data from its existing historian system to better identify…


How to Avoid Full Refractory System Failure in Wood Combustion

Wood-burning facilities have seen a spike in refractory problems due to operating units at higher temperatures and at increased capacities than in the past. Refractory professionals offer three recommendations to…


Supporting Grid Demand with Renewables

Internet of Things (IoT)-based energy management systems centered around edge controllers provide the functionality required to match renewable energy output with power requirements. Traditional baseload power generation units can be…


Inline Oil Condition Analysis on Power Generation Engines

Oil and lubricants play a critical role in the operation of natural gas and biogas power generation engines, for example, in combined cycle (CC) and combined heat and power (CHP)…