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Power


Monthly Issue | February 1, 2009

Plant Communication Link

Parker Hannifin’s Instrumentation Products Division introduced Pilot Pro, a new process sample conditioning system communications interface designed to provide a link between plant process control operations and analyzer maintenance networks,…


Repairing Water Pipes with Ice Plugs

Facilities facing emergency plumbing repairs are typically forced to shut down and then drain the entire water system. RIDGID’s new SF-2500 SuperFreeze pipe-freezing unit is designed to avoid this costly…


Vortex-Shedding Flowmeters

Universal Flow Monitors launched the P420 Series, a set of plastic, vortex-shedding flow rate transmitters designed to process corrosive fluids, water, brine, and low-viscosity fluids in water treatment, chemical, and…


Economical Positive Displacement Pump

SPX Process Equipment last December introduced the ProCam SMART, a Bran + Luebbe positive displacement pump capable of a wide range of metering duties at a low initial investment. Available…


A Documenting Calibrator

The latest documenting process calibrator from Beamex is the MC4, a compact-sized device that calibrates various process parameters, such as pressure and temperature, and then automatically stores results in the…


Converting a Pump to Use Mechanical Seals

Wear and leakage are common maintenance problems that result in pump discharge pressure dropping below optimum levels and reduced pump efficiency. Converting pumps to mechanical seals eliminates fretting or grooving…


Preventing Boiler Code Violations Creates a Safer Work Environment

Nearly 10% of boilers and pressure vessels inspected in the second quarter of 2008 were slapped with violations, which means that the violations put workers and equipment in danger, according…


FERC Focuses on Internal Compliance Programs

"... the most important [factor] in determining the amount of the penalty are the seriousness of the offense and the strength of the entity’s commitment to compliance." — FERC’s Policy…


Sri Lanka Commissions Major Thermal Power Plant

The Sri Lankan government in December commissioned the first phase of the 300-MW Kerawalapitiya Thermal Power Plant, the nation’s biggest combined-cycle power plant project. The $300 million plant in the…


An Energy-Generating Door

An energy-generating revolving door installed at Driebergen-Zeist railway station in the Netherlands is the latest experiment in eco-building. Dutch company Royal Boon Edam Group Holdings designed the manual door to…


New Technologies Could Improve Solar Cell Efficiencies

Declining oil prices, supply issues, and dwindling financing may have battered solar energy in recent months, but the industry seems to have sparred well in the research arena. An assortment…


Eastern Europe Prepares for Nuclear Revival

Despite hostilities that linger as a result of the 1986 nuclear nightmare at Chernobyl, Ukraine, and pressure from the European Union to shut down older-generation plants, Eastern European countries from…


China’s Nuke Power Boom

China has put its nuclear power plans on a fast track, kicking off a construction frenzy worth billions of dollars. In the latter months of 2008, the nation inaugurated construction…


Exelon Drops ESBWR for Victoria Plant, Weighs Options

A year after Exelon Nuclear ceremoniously announced the selection of General Electric-Hitachi’s Economic & Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) design (Figure 2) as its preferred technology for a proposed two-unit…


TVA Containment Pond Bursts, Causing Massive Coal Ash Flood

Just after midnight on Dec. 22, 2008, a 40-acre pond holding coal combustion waste for a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) steam power plant ruptured, sending a wave of wet ash…


The Obama Administration’s Energy Challenge

As the Obama administration takes office, energy resource allocation is both the most critical national security issue and the most critical economic issue facing us. It will be difficult to…


Upward Mobility

The Max Climber 2000P-IPM rack and pinion personnel and material elevator by Beta Max Inc. uses little space while providing a safe and efficient means of access for workers performing…


NERC Drives Development of Sustainable Compliance Programs

Compliance with reliability standards has moved beyond the "check the box" phase to one of regulations with real deliverables and fines for noncompliance. Utilities that aren’t vigorously evaluating and refining…


HTS Cables Speed up the Electric Superhighway

High-temperature superconducting cables deliver up to 10 times as much power as conventional electric power transmission cables. They are poised to help to reduce grid congestion as well as installation…


New Laser Technology Helps Reduce Coal-Slagging Headaches

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is starting to light the way for power plant operators who want to reduce coal ash deposition in their boilers. The most significant ash-related problem in coal-fired…


Wireless Technology Unlocks Possibilities

Modern wireless systems improve productivity, monitoring activities, and safety at power plants by enabling the right people to be at the right place at the right time. Wireless technology can…


Enhancing Plant Asset Management with Wireless Retrofits

Wireless technology is a mostly untapped resource in the power generation industry that can have a significant impact on the way business is done. It enables a greater degree of…


Power Plant Automation: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed

Over the past decade, power plant control systems have evolved from DCS-centered platforms with proprietary software, to open systems using industry standard hardware and software, and then to totally integrated…


Optimize Your Plant Using the Latest Distributed Control System Technology

Distributed control systems are powerful assets for new and modernized power plants. Thanks to three product generations of technology innovations, these systems now provide new benefits — including improved O&M…


Distributed Control Technology: From Progress to Possibilities

The past decade has seen an explosion of technology that has significantly altered the process control industry. The adoption of commercially available technology driven by desktop computing has allowed suppliers…


ISA POWID: Where Power Computing Professionals Meet

Which new and emerging technologies will be essential to your power plant’s success? Our special cover story series gives you a glimpse into the future of advanced distributed controls, wireless…


Oil—Unsafe at Any Price

A confluence of circumstances promised to make 2008 a transformative year for renewable energy in the U.S. States enacted additional, and more demanding, renewable portfolio standards, promoting accelerated and sustained…


POWER Digest (February 2009)

Monticello Plant Sets Safety Record. Employees at Luminant’s Monticello Steam Electric Station in Titus County, Texas, completed a 16-year safety streak in December 2008, working nine million worker-hours — nearly…


Engineers Week Is Feb. 15–21

I just renewed my professional society membership dues for the umpteenth year, and while writing the check, I paused to consider if I was getting good value from them. I…


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