Instrumentation & Controls

Electric Power Show Preview

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The ELECTRIC POWER Conference + Exhibition for two decades has been the place for those in the power generation industry to come together for up-to-date training and continuing education—a place to gain a better understanding of regulatory and policy changes impacting the energy sector. It provides an opportunity to access the latest products and technologies, and a chance to see how power generation facilities are being made safer, more efficient, and more productive. This year’s conference is March 19–22 at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. A sampling of the conference sponsors and exhibitors, and their products and services, are highlighted in this section.

ABB Launches New Energy Meter Range for 690-V Motors

ABB, with a clear focus on reducing costs and improving efficiency, has introduced an energy meter range that satisfies the requirements of 690-V motors and other applications in the same voltage range. ABB’s new range of EQ A44 three-phase 690-V high-functionality electricity meters deliver outstanding performance for the reliable metering of energy usage. ABB’s EQ A44 552-110 or A44 553-110 meters can be easily installed without the need for additional voltage transformers, which reduces purchase and installation costs. Removing the need for voltage transformers in 690-V installations, the new single device allows for faster wiring and fewer settings. EQ A44 is available in a wide range of voltages and is suitable for use in a variety of temperatures. It can be used in three- or four-wire installations, making it easier to install new meters or retrofit older versions. Both models fit standard DIN Rail enclosures—making them compact and easy to locate—and provide easy access to energy efficiency data, which supports ISO 50001 certification. ABB, Zurich, Switzerland

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Black & Veatch Helps Develop 500-MW Energy Storage Facility

Black & Veatch has been selected to serve as owners’ representative for an energy storage facility at the San Vicente Reservoir near Lakeside in San Diego County, California. The project owners, the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego, are assessing the potential to develop the 500-MW San Vicente Energy Storage Facility (SVESF) to increase the availability and efficiency of renewable energy for the region. As the owners’ representative, Black & Veatch will help evaluate proposals, select the entire service team, and negotiate the project delivery agreement. The SVESF project includes the establishment of a small reservoir above the existing San Vicente Reservoir as well as a tunnel system and underground powerhouse to connect the two reservoirs. The pumped hydro energy storage solution would support power grid operations, and enable significant and sustained integration of renewable wind and solar energy into the power supply mix. During peak energy demand, water would flow downhill to turn hydroelectric turbines. During off-peak periods, including daytime when renewable energy supplies exceed demand, water would be pumped to the upper reservoir. Black & Veatch, Overland Park, Kansas

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Dual Microgrid Controllers for Decentralized Energy Installations

Siemens Digital Grid has introduced an expanded portfolio of microgrid controllers to help customers of any size embrace the growing decentralized energy market. The larger-scale Microgrid Management System, designed to handle complex applications, is now complemented by a flexible microgrid controller that manages smaller-scale decentralized energy installations. Siemens has structured its microgrid management portfolio to reflect market needs and now offers software for both the large and small-scale management of decentralized technologies. Siemens’ suite of microgrid controllers help customers dynamically tailor their generation sources to their power loads, providing a variety of capabilities and functionalities in order to increase reliability and minimize cost. Siemens Digital Grid partners with leading utilities and industrial energy consumers worldwide to provide expertise and innovative technologies. Globally, Digital Grid has worked with more than 2,500 energy customers to deliver proven solutions and services that improve operational efficiencies, enhance reliability and resiliency, and empower consumers to better manage their energy use. Siemens, Berlin, Germany

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United Rentals Supports Power Plant Operations

United Rentals’ industrial experts focus on making sure power generators have the right equipment to get the job done safely and efficiently, so operators can focus on getting the plant back online. From initial planning to execution, a United Rentals support team works with the power plant maintenance crew and contractors to plan for key tasks and to achieve critical milestones. Projects are supported with service available around the clock, every day of the year. United Rentals offers managers tool solutions for any size project. Its Total Control service allows for management of a rented and owned fleet, along with the ability to track the location and utilization of equipment with SMART GPS. United Rentals has the strength of a national company, with the service of a local one, from routine maintenance to major outages to plant construction. United Rentals, Stamford, Connecticut

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Zachry Group Provides Service to Power Generators

Zachry Group is North America’s pace-setter in turnkey construction, engineering, maintenance, turnaround, and fabrication services to the power, energy, chemicals, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. It works with customers to plan, build, and renew their most critical facilities, so they can achieve their immediate and long-term goals, all at the highest safety standards. Zachry Group operates 35 offices, and its 20,000 employees work in more than 400 locations nationwide, united by a shared set of values and the desire to deliver the very best outcome for its customers. Efficiency and durability are paramount in power generation, where the economics depend on certainty of capacity and facility uptime. In dozens of projects spanning fossil, renewable, and nuclear fuel technologies, the company’s lifecycle services model has delivered immediate and long-cycle performance. Zachry actively invests in building a superior craft, supervisory, and professional workforce, because it’s better for business, employees, customers, and communities. Zachry Group, San Antonio, Texas

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