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Power


Monthly Issue | February 28, 2019

THE BIG PICTURE: Japan’s Nuclear Comeback
Japan Nuclear Comeback

After the Great Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011, Japan issued stringent safety regulations and reviews that affected its entire…


UAE Adds Gas Power to Its Mix and Renewables Abroad

The January agreement between GE and Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. for a 1.8-GW combined cycle power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is part of the country’s commitment to increasing…


Energy at a Cellular Level: Battery Storage Shows Plenty of Power

Battery storage technology has moved in fits and starts, but today experts note that rapid advances make it difficult for safety standards to keep pace. Developers of storage systems are…


Kazakhstan Adds New Solar Plant to Growing Renewables Capacity

The SES Saran solar power plant entered commercial operation in late January in Saran, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, an area long known for its coal production. Government officials…


Improve Baghouse Performance with Custom Filtration Media

Dust collection plays a vital role for safe and efficient power plant operation. There are a number of dust collection options available to plant designers, and baghouses have gained wide…


How Existing Technology and Market Updates Lead to More Affordable, Reliable, Clean Power

COMMENTARY America’s energy mix is undergoing a period of rapid change. The way we generate electricity in this country looks dramatically different than it did just a decade ago, as…


Solving Renewable Transmission Constraints with Water Infrastructure

One of the largest hurdles to delivering substantial amounts of renewable energy is transmission constraints. Los Angeles’ current in-basin transmission infrastructure is based largely on delivering power from coastal power…


Equipment Showcase: Diesel and Gas Generators

The market for mobile and smaller-scale power generation continues to grow. Commercial and industrial sites are using generators to produce their own power, often to ensure a constant flow of…


Germany’s Coal Exit Bound to Be Complicated

Eight years after Germany decided it would halt nuclear power production by 2022, the country that relied on lignite and hard coal for 38% of its generated power in 2018…


Russia Sets New Domestic Nuclear Generation Record

Rosenergoatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear plant owner and operator, said it set another nuclear power production record in 2018. The company generated 204 TWh from its 35 reactors—1.4 TWh more than…


POWER Digest [March 2019]

News briefs from around the world: Europe’s power sector’s newest frontier, amid its transition to low carbon energy, is its distribution system; Taiwan’s government will phase out nuclear power despite…


Rapid Advancements for Fast Nuclear Reactors
The world's first fast reactor

Fast neutron reactor systems have the potential to extract 60 times more energy from uranium compared to existing thermal reactors, and they contribute to a significant reduction in the burden…


Should a Power Company Be Held Responsible for Wildfires?

If you’ve been following the news, you know that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because it is facing tens of billions of…


High-Purity Boiler Water pH Measurement

Water quality monitoring and control are two of the most critical operations that power plants employ to protect assets, such as boilers and steam turbines, from corrosion by assuring the…


Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas—combined heat and power—is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lowering…


Building Puerto Rican Resiliency with LPG-Fueled Engines

After Hurricane Maria left the island of Puerto Rico in ruins, the ProCaribe liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) hub continued to operate, ensuring vital energy resources were available even in the…


Microturbines Useful in Commercial and Industrial Applications

Gas turbines come in a variety of sizes. While large combustion turbines seem to get the bulk of the publicity, with the likes of Siemens, GE, and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power…


Cost-Effective Solutions for Boosting Solar Farm Production

It makes sense that solar panels would perform better when positioned to capture more direct sunlight, but the cost of adding tracking systems has not always penciled out. Costs have…


The Pursuit and Advancement of Carbon Capture and Storage
carbon-capture

As the world grapples with climate change concerns, carbon capture and storage could be the holy grail for continued fossil fuel use. Projects have come online that prove its feasibility,…


The Fallacy of Wind Power Generation

COMMENTARY The source of energy for driving wind turbines is the wind, and in this context, it is important to remember the first law of thermodynamics, which states that energy…


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