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NYPA’s iSOC: The Path to a Digital Utility

The New York Power Authority’s Integrated Smart Operations Center (iSOC) is the first step in the public power utility’s goal to become the first end-to-end digital electricity system. And it’s a big

Elijah Skinner, MGC Roofing and Construction, lifts a bundle of roof panels off a flat-bed truck to be used to roof the 919th Special Operations Wing headquarters building Sept. 4 at Duke Field. The construction workers off-loaded approximately 1,000 panels that day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Equipment Showcase: Construction Equipment

Successfully operating a power plant or other industrial complex depends on many things, including the vendors who supply equipment for construction of the facility, along with those who provide the materials

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Red and green to grey — Why switch my HMI?

Many operators are perfectly happy with their trusty red and green HMIs and can’t imagine why they should give them up for a dull greyscale display. When they take a closer look, they usually find out that grey is beautiful.

In the United Arab Emirates, demand for power and water are inextricably linked. One of its newer and larger plants, the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Plant—which has a power capacity of 1.6 GW and produces 52.5 million gallons of water per day—integrates the newest iterations of power generation and desalination technologies. Courtesy: ENGIE

Mirfa IWPP Doubles Water, Triples Power Capacity

In the United Arab Emirates, demand for power and water are inextricably linked. One of its newer and larger plants, the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Plant—which has a power capacity of 1.6 GW and

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Test Your Knowledge: Monitoring and Treatment of Closed-Loop Cooling Water Systems

There are often multiple closed-loop water cooling systems installed in a power plant. Chances are good that they cool or control temperature on some very critical components. It can be easy to ignore these systems because they are usually quite reliable. By its very nature, when a closed-loop system remains closed and operates properly for an extended period of time, it is often […]

Working together. The benefits of outcome-based services are numerous, but the most-significant benefit is arguably the opportunity for energy companies to focus on their core business. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions

Rethinking the Service Delivery Model for Guaranteed Outcomes

Service delivery models are today undergoing unprecedented change to accommodate the needs of customers trying to navigate business and market uncertainties. Around the world, industrial manufacturers are facing new and familiar challenges ranging from economic and competitive pressures and the tightening availability of resources, to aging workforces, rising technology and operating costs, and heightened focus […]

Ice prepared for ice baskets. The flake ice is prepared and stored inside this massive bin. When initiated, the flake ice is blown into either the Unit 1 or Unit 2 condenser where it is weighed and loaded into baskets. Courtesy: TVA/Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

Maintaining Nuclear Plant Ice Condensers: A ‘Cool’ Responsibility

Although nuclear plant ice condensers are rare—only seven sites throughout the world have them—the theory behind these passive heat sinks is quite novel. In fact, some next-generation plant designers have built upon the concept and incorporated passive accident intervention schemes into their plans. A nuclear plant ice condenser is a passive, static heat sink that […]

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Building the Case for Power System Hardening

Purse-string holders are pretty easily swayed to approve funding to upgrade transmission and distribution systems following major events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. However, it is becoming

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Common Goals and Team Mentality a Winning Combination

A lot of things factor into success at a coal-fired power plant, but leadership and teamwork certainly rank high on the list. Comanche Generating Station has parlayed those two attributes, among others, into a