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Technical articles on all aspects of power plant operation, preventive and predictive maintenance, planned and unplanned outages

Self-Tuning Artificial Intelligence Improves Plant Efficiency and Flexibility

Flexible plant operations are highly desirable in today’s power generation industry. Every plant owner desires increased ramp rates and the ability to operate at lower loads so their plants will…



Valve Actuator Diagnostics for Predictive Maintenance

A predictive approach to finding potential issues with steam or gas turbine valve actuators can help power plant operators realize cost savings and avoid unit downtime. Having a way to…


Using Distribution-Class STATCOMs to Resolve Distributed Generation Plant Voltage Issues

When distributed generation causes net reverse power flow on a distribution feeder, several voltage-related issues can occur. According to studies published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Sandia…


Why Resiliency in the Electrical Grid Should Be Measured from the Customer’s Perspective

Reliability performance is core to the utility industry. Utilities strategically design and invest in their system to maximize reliability performance—traditionally measured by System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI), System Average…


Key Pre-Demolition Considerations for Fossil Fuel Power Plants

As the existing electric generation infrastructure matures, electric generation system owners are looking to the future for newer and greener technologies to meet the demands of electric consumption. An important part…


Mechanical Seals and Bearing Isolator Solutions for Tidal Energy Equipment Protection

As clean-power technologies become more mainstream, offshore and river-based energy generating systems are beginning to come into their own in terms of proven performance. While the sea and rivers are…