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Monthly Issue | February 1, 2016

THE BIG PICTURE: GHG Reduction Pledges


And Now, a Word from (and to) Our Sponsors

You’ve heard that Nothing in life is free, yet this magazine is free for the vast majority of readers—both in print and online. That’s only because of the continued support…


Russian Fast Reactor Connected to the Grid

In a leap for fast neutron power technology, Russia’s Rosatom has connected Unit 4 of its Beloyarsk nuclear plant in the Urals region to the grid. The 880-MW BN-800 unit—the…


Chile’s Newest Hydro Plant Takes Shape in the Desert

Plans to build a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant in the world’s driest region won the approval of environmental regulators in Chile this December. The unique 300-MW project proposed by Valhalla Energia…


Wind Funnel Generator Is Channeling Interest

A unique wind funnel–based power generating system that is quickly garnering interest from investors could see first construction kickoff in the first quarter of 2016. The INVELOX (short for “increased…


Statkraft Ends Investments in Offshore Wind Projects

Europe’s largest generator of renewable power will no longer invest in new offshore wind projects and may postpone some international hydro plants. Norwegian state-owned power company Statkraft will stop investing…


Nuclear Newcomers Face Varying Hurdles

Nuclear ambitions fostered by some countries were tested by a variety of events at the end of 2015. Work Continues on Turkey’s Russian-Built Akkuyu Plant. Reports that Russia has halted…


POWER Digest (February 2016)

RWE Abandons Hard Coal Construction Project. RWE scrapped plans to complete the 800-MW Block D of the Hamm hard coal plant in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on December…


CHP and Other Technologies Could Breathe New Life into U.S. Coal-Fired Power Plants

Courtesy: Mississippi Power An EPRI report finds that carbon capture and sequestration isn’t the only way for new coal power plants to meet recent emissions standards for carbon dioxide. Unlike…


Bagasse and Blended Biomass Cogeneration Advances in the Cuban Sugarcane Industry

Courtesy: Amaury Perez Sanchez Cuba, like other countries with few fossil energy resources, has used biomass to fuel its industrial processes for decades. More recently, it has worked to improve…


Navigating Legal Implications of Power Industry Regulations

Current and former Environmental Protection Agency lawyers as well as seasoned energy and environmental lawyers in private practice shared their insights, projections, and advice at POWER’s legal affairs conference. From…


TransAlta Plays Defense with Coal Out, Renewables In

TransAlta Corp., a large, multinational investor-owned electric generating company sitting in the middle of Canada’s fossil fuel riches in Alberta, is offering to move away from coal. What’s behind the…


Using Sensor Technologies to Optimize Maintenance of Power Plant Water Systems

Nondestructive technologies make the inspection of a plant’s least accessible components relatively easy and deliver results that minimize unexpected failure—and expense. When we undertook an initiative at Granite Ridge Energy…


Fusion Power Illusions, Delusions, and Hope

Fusion provides the energy of the sun and all stars, but harnessing fusion for civilian electric power has proven exceptionally difficult. For over 50 years the U.S. government has pursued…


Coal Ash Mapping Using Electromagnetic Technology

The identification and containment of coal ash has risen to the top of the priority list for plant managers across the U.S. after inadvertent releases of coal ash into unintended…


LED Lighting Improves Visibility and Saves Money for Power Plant

Drax Power Station, a 3,960-MW six-unit facility located in North Yorkshire, England, is the largest power plant in the UK. It was constructed in two stages, with the first three…


Challenges of Increasing Dependence on Gas-Fired Generation

Use of natural gas for power generation in the U.S. is skyrocketing. From 2005 to 2015, the share of energy produced from gas has increased over 80%, with gas now…


CHP Update: Policies, Partnerships, and Challenges

Though combined heat and power (CHP) is getting increasing attention as a means of efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, the sector’s traditional challenges remain. But some generators and policymakers are…


Innovative Heat Exchanger Technology Enhances Proven Designs

They say you can’t teach an old dog a new trick, but sometimes you can upgrade your dog. Innovations, such as twisted tubes, expanded metal baffles, graphene-coated surfaces, and more…


Power Technology Innovations from the Developing World

From biomass gasification to microgrids, there’s no lack of power sector innovation coming from the developing world. Driven by a combination of growing demand and limited resources, inventive groups and individuals…


Nuclear Relicensing: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

The U.S. nuclear industry is going in two different directions: Some plants are shutting down with years left on their operating licenses, while others contemplate the implications of 80-year lifetimes.…


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