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Power


Monthly Issue | March 1, 2012

Has the Dust Settled?

Spring is around the corner. For many, spring marks a time when we are glad that those dreary winter skies are replaced with partial cloudy, rainy ones. In some areas,…


Continuous Duty Industrial Vacuum

Manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial vacuums and vacuum systems VAC-U-MAX introduces its updated Model 1020 Continuous Duty Industrial Vacuum. The VAC-U-MAX Model 1020 features a powerful positive displacement pump designed specifically…


Flowmeter for Custody Transfer of Compressed Natural Gas

The new CNGmass Coriolis flowmeter series from Endress+Hauser is approved by the National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) in the U.S. and five other international standards organizations for custody transfer of…


Fully Automatic Sodium Analyzer

METTLER TOLEDO’s Process Analytics Division announced the 2300Na sodium analyzer, which can be used in pure water treatment and power generation applications. The design of the METTLER TOLEDO Thornton 2300Na…


New Capacitive Accelerometer Modules

Silicon Designs, a designer and manufacturer of highly rugged industrial-grade MEMS capacitive accelerometer chips and modules, has introduced a ±5 g model to its 2011 industry best-selling 2210 accelerometer series.…


Fill-Level Measuring Device for Coal Mills

KIMA Echtzeitsysteme’s fill-level measuring device, used for ball mills in the cement industry for over seven years, has now been adapted and developed for use in coal mills. A new…


Certified Zero Air Material for CEMS Reporting

Air Liquide introduced Scott brand 72.2 Certified ZAM (zero air material) to meet 40 CFR Part 75 regulations, which call for a continuous emission monitoring (CEM) system to be exposed…


Automating Crew Callouts

Progress Energy has adopted an emergency worker callout program that has eliminated manual dialing, improved work acceptance rates, and increased the speed of worker reporting. The standardized process also complies…


EEI Proposes Road Map for Electric Vehicle Integration

Several new models of plug-in electric vehicles will enter the market in 2012, joining the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. The Edison Electric Institute has prepared four suggestions to help…


Ensuring Resource Adequacy in Competitive Electricity Markets

Planning for resource adequacy—something that was relatively simple in the context of vertically integrated utilities—continues to be a difficult issue in competitive electricity markets. Whereas state public utility commissions used…


Vietnam Works Hard to Power Economic Growth

For the past 15 years, Vietnam has enjoyed enviable gross domestic product increases, averaging 7% annually. That kind of economic growth increases power demand, but financing new capacity remains a…


Enhancing Plant Performance Through Formal Outage Planning and Execution

By thoroughly planning their outage strategies well in advance, Southern Company personnel are better able to achieve a number of important objectives, including improving unit economic performance, reducing unplanned maintenance…


Optimizing Outages with Outage Readiness Analysis

In order to ramp up the success of planned outages at its power plants and lower the risk of unexpected and costly problems, OG&E management has begun using the outage…


Achieving Sustainable Performance Improvement

Well-organized operations and maintenance (O&M) and outage efforts enable power plants to reduce overall operating costs, improve equipment reliability, and increase long-term productivity. Experienced contractors can help plant staff maximize…


Regional Service Organization Provides Supplemental Maintenance Support

American Electric Power’s Field Services Regional Service Organization augments resident power plant maintenance teams to provide outage support and non-outage balance-of-plant support. The augmentation approach adds significant value to the…


Coping with Coal Dust

Courtesy: Chemical Safety Board Plants can no longer sweep coal dust under the rug and ignore the health and safety hazard it presents, because a single spark can cause a…


Rethinking Security Requirements for Generation Developers

A universal reality for U.S. power generation developers is the challenge of obtaining funding in today’s tight credit markets. Financing exigencies make the level of security a developer must post…


Plant of the Year Trophy Presented

The POWER Plant of the Year for 2011 was Kansas City Power & Light’s 850-MW Iatan 2, located about 30 miles northwest of Kansas City. The utility’s first new coal…


User Group Profile: Philippine Coal Plant Users’ Group

The Philippine Coal Plant Users’ Group (PCPUG), the leading nonprofit organization involved in generating electricity in the Philippines, recently held a conference introducing its mission and vision. The PCPUG was…


Inlet Fogging Boosts Power in High-Humidity Environments

Turbine inlet fogging has been in use now for 20 years in combustion turbine plants. It is an obvious choice for boosting power in hot, dry areas such as Nevada…


7EA Conversion Saves Time and Money

ProEnergy Services (PES) was recently contracted to install six Frame 7 DLN1.0 dual-fuel assemblies in Venezuela. The problem: The lead time to purchase the conversion hardware from the original equipment…


POWER Digest (March 2012)

RusHydro Inaugurates New Unit at Restored Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydropower Plant. RusHydro —a hydroelectricity company that is majority-owned by the Russian Federation—announced in mid-December that it had put its first brand new…


Desertec Ambitions Turn to Asia, Australia

The ambitious Desertec project—a $9 billion initiative to develop, harness, and transmit 2,000 MW of renewable power from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe by 2050—has been trumped…


Spain Inaugurates Two More Parabolic Trough Units

Two identical 50-MW parabolic trough plants with thermal storage in Cadiz, in the south of Spain, began operating this January. The Valle 1 and Valle 2 projects (Figure 7) built…


MHI Ships First Commercial J-Series Turbine

The first unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ (MHI’s) much-watched J-Series gas turbine, a technology MHI has been testing for a year, was shipped this December from its Takasago Machinery Works…


High-Temperature Superconductor Technology Stepped Up

A new project planned by RWE and partners Nexans, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), and Jülich is poised to mark another milestone for high-temperature superconductor (HTS) cable technology, which…


Meeting LNG Demand with Floating Liquefaction Facilities

The past two years have seen a dramatic escalation of global natural gas liquefaction capacity. In 2010 alone, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade jumped by a stunning 21%, to around…


Large China Energy Storage Project Begins Operation

Chinese state entity State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) and battery maker BYD in January said they had finished construction on what they call “the world’s largest battery energy storage…


THE BIG PICTURE: Dammed Dams

New coal and nuclear power plants aren’t the only ones facing opposition. Several countries that are struggling to alleviate chronic power shortages are facing hurdles as they attempt to build…


Abundance of Energy

President Obama’s Jan. 24 State of the Union address did not convince me that the nation should, in his words, “double down” on future clean energy investment. America’s abundance of…


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