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Power


Monthly Issue | March 1, 2010

Restraining Torsional Vibration

Restraining Torsional Vibration All rotating equipment power trains found in a power plant have some amount of vibration, usually caused by mechanical unbalance of the rotating system, shaft misalignment, or…


MIT Researchers Propose Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for Natural Gas Power

A new power generation system that uses solid oxide fuel cells in conjunction with natural gas and promises lower carbon emissions would not use any new technology, according to researchers…


Ethiopia’s New Hydro Plant Boosts Region’s Generating Capacity

Ethiopia in mid-January officially inaugurated the 420-MW Gilgel Gibe II hydropower project, the second hydropower plant to be opened since November 2009, when the 300-MW Tekezé project began operations. The…


NETL, We Energies Successfully Complete TOXECON Demonstration

A three-year demonstration of the TOXECON process, a technology to reduce mercury emissions while increasing the collection efficiency of particulate matter (PM), was last year successfully completed at a Michigan…


Brazil Beings Operation of Ethanol Power Plant

Brazil’s state-owned oil producer, Petrobras, on Dec. 31, 2009, said it had inaugurated the world’s first power plant to run exclusively on ethanol. The country that is the second-biggest producer…


China Nuclear Plant Construction Gets Boost—With Technology Transfer

China’s nuclear power plant building spree got a little more frenzied this January, as the country kicked off its 21st project at Ningde 3. Two other units are already under…


POWER Digest (March 2010)

Masdar, BP Hydrogen Power Plant to Be Completed in 2014. The $2.2 billion Hydrogen Power project — a joint venture between the United Arab Emirates’ renewable energy initiative Masdar (60%)…


High-Power 355-nm Industrial Laser

Spectra-Physics, a Newport Corp. brand, introduced an addition to its Pulseo family of Q-Switched diode-pumped solid-state industrial lasers. The rugged and reliable Pulseo 355-10 provides 10 W of 355-nm output…


Phosphate Analyzer for High-Pressure Boilers

The new Navigator 600 phosphate analyzer from ABB Instrumentation greatly reduces the amount of reagents and maintenance associated with phosphate monitoring while providing high accuracy and reliability. Designed for phosphate-dosed…


Laser Welding System with Enclosed Chamber

Huffman Corp. introduced model HP-245ACC, a laser welding system with a fully enclosed atmospheric welding chamber for welding in an inert gas environment. The system is designed for welding oxygen-sensitive…


Increased Pressure Convertible Water Jet Pump

NLB Corp. has extended the operating pressure range of its convertible NLB 325 Series water jet pump units to 40,000 psi — providing what the company calls the "industry’s widest…


Mass Flow Meters Conform to EPA Reporting Rule

Sierra Instruments introduced a line of mass flow meters that conform to the new emissions reporting rule from the Environmental Protection Agency. That rule, 40 CFR Part 98, mandates that…


Going Coastal: The Case for Offshore Wind

Offshore wind has the potential to be a significant source of renewable energy. The U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that more than 900 GW of potential wind energy blows…


Universal Beam Clamps

Harrington Hoists launched its new Universal Beam Clamps, a product line that complements its core product offering of hoists, cranes, and material-handling equipment. The beam clamps are available in metric…


Harnessing Energy from Upward Heat Convection

The atmospheric vortex engine exploits the natural energy content of the vortex produced during upward heat convection in the atmosphere. The heat source can be solar energy, warm sea water,…


Determining Carbon Capture and Sequestration’s Water Demands

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory is pursuing a new integrated energy-water R&D program that addresses water management issues relative to coal-fired power generation that takes into…


Strategies to Reduce Sulfuric Acid Usage in Evaporative Cooling Water Systems

Concentrated sulfuric acid is often used to prevent calcium-based scale formation on condenser and heat exchanger tube surfaces in power plant evaporative cooling water systems. Unfortunately, the chemical’s price has…


Real-Time Control of Coal Quality Improves Reliability

Poor lignite fuel quality had plagued the Red Hills Power Plant since it began operation eight years ago. The solution: real-time measurement of coal properties that has allowed Red Hills…


Peru: The Potential to Become a Regional Energy Hub

A special report from Global Business Reports and POWER At the same time as Peru struggles to extend transmission and distribution lines to all of its people, its neighbors are…


Big Stone Remodels ESP into Pulse Jet Fabric Filter
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Short of replacement, what are your options when your original electrostatic precipitator fails to meet your current emissions and opacity requirements? The management of Big Stone Plant chose the unconventional,…


Big Bend’s Multi-Unit SCR Retrofit

Tampa Electric will soon complete a comprehensive selective catalytic reduction project on all four units at its Big Bend Power Station that will make Big Bend among the cleanest coal…


Electric Vehicles: The Uncertain Road Ahead

"Diversify, diversify, diversify." That has long been the mantra of many Wall Street pundits when advising investors on how to weather the risks of the stock market. Now advocates of…


Competitive Maintenance Strategies

Many consultants are prospering today by creating "new" maintenance strategies. What they’re really creating is new buzzwords. At a recent conference, for example, speakers debated the pros and cons of…


Venezuela’s Power System on Brink of Collapse

Venezuela, a country that relies on hydropower for almost three-quarters of its electricity, has been battling a deepening electricity crisis since a drought in 2009 and a sudden 7% surge…


Double-Edged Sword

A loosely knit coalition of state leaders and environmental activists petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in late 2007 for interpretive guidance on the corporate obligation to disclose material…


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