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Monthly Issue | January 1, 2011

Anticipating the New Utility MACT Rules

It’s been almost three years since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its decision vacating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Revision Rule and the Clean Air…


Progressing Cavity Pump with Unique Gear Joint

Moyno Inc. launched its Moyno 2000 Progressing Cavity Pump with a unique gear joint that allows the versatile pump to handle a wide range of applications, from shear-sensitive chemicals to…


Independent and Highly Dynamic Linear Axis

Voith Turbo H + L Hydraulic’s hydraulic Closed Loop Differential Pump (CLDP) linear axis can be used for all direct linear movements—especially for applications that rely on dynamics, reproducibility, overload protection, and…


Professional Grade Emergency Spill Kits

The new Oil Eater all-in-one professional grade emergency spill kits are designed to contain and clean up hazardous spills as required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and…


Oxy-Combustion: A Promising Technology for Coal-Fired Plants

For more than a decade Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group Inc. and Air Liquide have been developing oxyfuel technology with the goal of using it to concentrate CO2 from…


Siemens Energy Introduces Efficient and Flexible Products in 2011

Dr. Michael Weinhold, chief technology officer of Siemens Energy, discusses the company’s 2011 business plans and the role of the smart grid in the future’s energy infrastructure. Siemens Energy calls…


Coal Plants Challenged as Gas Plants Surge

European carbon trading is gradually pushing down coal-fired capacity factors, and operating costs are rising. The U.S. may not have a carbon market, but increasing regulatory requirements are having the…


Mitsubishi Looks to High-Efficiency Combustion and Wind Turbines in 2011

Bill Newsom—vice president, sales & marketing, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas Inc.—talks about taking the long view with the company’s U.S. investments. Mitsubishi serves the Western Hemisphere with “versatile power generation…


Which Side of the Meter Are You On?

Utilities have achieved success by supplying electricity from central station plants (the supply side) to a grid that carries electricity to customers (the demand side). One way to improve the…


GE Leverages Leading-Edge Technology and a Balanced Product Portfolio in 2011

Paul Browning, vice president, thermal products for GE Power & Water, sees the greatest short-term business opportunities beyond the U.S., in “high-speed” countries. General Electric (GE) serves customers in more…


EPRI Identifies Four Breakthrough Technologies for 2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has identified four breakthrough technologies and funded them through its Strategic Research and Development Portfolio. EPRI expects to accelerate development of these innovations because…


Strong Technology Portfolio Positions Alstom for a Strong 2011

Timothy Curran, head of power for Alstom Power, USA, recently shared his company’s view of 2011 and beyond with POWER’s editor-in-chief. Alstom is a global company with business activities in…


The U.S. Power Industry 2011: The Sequel

If Hollywood were scripting the power industry story for 2011, it would be a sequel to 2010—more of the same, but just not quite as good. Natural gas gets top…


Solving the Renewable Integration Puzzle

In November, California voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have put the brakes on AB 32, the state’s ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction law. Given the role that…


Selecting a Specialty Accumulator

Sudden bumps and shocks are great fun when you are off-roading or are riding on a rollercoaster. But when you are operating a piece of equipment, you want it to…


Exelon Enjoys Benefits of Online Transformer Monitoring

As large electrical transformers age, their internal structure can break down, creating hazardous conditions. One of the most dangerous is the buildup of combustible gases in transformer cooling oil that…


TransCanada Opens 683-MW Halton Hills Combined-Cycle Plant

TransCanada Corp. on Oct. 28 officially opened its C$700 million Halton Hills Generating Station. The 683-MW 2 x 1 combined-cycle plant on a greenfield site in Ontario (Figure 5) will…


MHI Prepares to Test J-Series in Japan

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has begun converting a combined-cycle plant in Japan to prepare for verification testing of its long-anticipated J-Series gas turbine in February 2011—a system that the company…


Construction of Tibetan Dam Sets Off Cross-Border Tensions

China in mid-November embarked upon building the first massive hydropower project in Tibet, a 6 x 85-MW plant straddling the middle reaches of the mighty Yarlung Tsangpo River (Figure 2).…


IEA: Global Power Demand to Surge 2.2% Annually Through 2035

Though electricity generation has entered a key period of transition—as investment shifts to low-carbon technologies—world electricity demand is set to grow faster than any other “final form of energy,” the…


My Top 10 Predictions for 2011

It’s time to pull my crystal ball out of storage, polish it up, and give you another round of U.S. industry predictions for 2011. I graded last year’s predictions B+…


German Researchers Develop Cost-Efficient Small Hydro Plant

Researchers at Germany's Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) claim to have developed a small-scale hydroelectric power plant that is capable of operating profitably even at modest dam heights while minimizing impact…


POWER Digest (Jan. 2011)

TANE and Shaw to Provide EPC Services for South Texas Expansion. Nuclear Innovation North America LLC (NINA), the nuclear development company jointly owned by NRG Energy and Toshiba Corp., on…


Smart Grid 2011: More than Meters

It's a given that nobody knows the future; however, making year-ahead predictions about other parts of the power generation industry, particularly the U.S. portion, is relatively easy. In marked contrast,…


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