Archive: O&M

RNLI Redcar drill 12-07-14. Redcar Lifeboat Station, Royal National Lifeboat Institution drill. The lifeboats are joined by a RAF Search and Rescue Sea King. Courtesy: flickr / Archangel12

Offshore Wind Has Taken Off in Europe

A sharp surge in new, larger offshore wind installations in Europe throughout 2017 dramatically shows the viability of a technology that has truly come of age. As costs fall and generation capacity increases

RNLI Redcar drill 12-07-14. Redcar Lifeboat Station, Royal National Lifeboat Institution drill. The lifeboats are joined by a RAF Search and Rescue Sea King. Courtesy: flickr / Archangel12

Helicopter Market Encouraged by Growth in Offshore Wind Farms

Waypoint Leasing, a global firm that claims to be the world’s largest independent helicopter leasing company, has identified offshore wind farms as a growth opportunity for the helicopter market. Although still a small market, offshore wind power is expected to grow in coming years. According to WindEurope, a Brussels, Belgium-based wind industry advocacy group, a […]

MPW Mobile Ultrafiltration and Demineralization Units Exceed Canadian Power Plant Expectations

Challenge:
After a major refurbishment, a Canadian nuclear plant required additional process and boiler feed water for plant start-up and commissioning.
The plant’s raw water supply contained measurements ranging from 1-10 NTU, conductivity from 70-100 and color units ranging from 180-420. The plant also experienced highly variable flow rates, ranging from 0-600 GPM, and issues with the

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Power Industry Continues to Face Uncertainty and Change [PODCAST]

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) CEO Bill Johnson in an exclusive interview with POWER suggested that the power industry continues to face an uncertain future.  Johnson said that during his 40-year career, he has seen more change in the last five years than in the previous 35 combined. Several indicators imply that will continue going forward. […]

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Test Your Knowledge: Steam Turbine Rotor Vibration

Steam turbine rotors are susceptible to bending during some operational evolutions, which can lead to excessive vibration and ultimately failure. Rotor bending that results in premature failure of steam turbine blades and other internal components is one of the most serious problems experienced in power plants. The problems often reduce plant availability by limiting generation […]

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Reliability, Resiliency Key to Caribbean Rebuild

As another hurricane season approaches, the lessons learned by energy companies that have repaired power infrastructure in Haiti, Puerto Rico, and other areas provide a path forward for reducing the impact of

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The 4M Approach to a Connected Plant

Technology is being incorporated into operations and maintenance schemes at an ever-increasing pace. New digital tools are helping optimize assets, improve performance, and reduce overall costs. Big Data Best

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Advanced Boiler and HRSG Designs Offer Improved Performance

Innovative boiler and heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) designs are improving efficiency, reducing emissions, and lowering maintenance costs. Some well-proven technology, such as circulating fluidized bed

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Electric Co-op Shines a Light on Rack Selection

Clay Electric Cooperative was determined to dramatically improve its logistics, reliability, and productivity, even before the Florida member-owned utility set out to build a new warehouse to consolidate

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Test Your Knowledge: Boiler Chemical Cleaning

Most engineers and operators know (or should know) that boiler tubes containing deposits create long-term reliability problems for the boiler. Long-term overheating of the metal will result from prolonged operation with heavy tube deposits. The tubes will first bulge and then fail. Because the deposits tend to be widespread, this generally means that large sections of […]