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Monthly Issue | March 1, 2020

Gravity Base Ballast Provides Tidal Turbines with a Sturdy Grip
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Offshore wind turbines deliver a strong promise in today’s tough times of climate changes’ debate. The rapid development of the sector favors the need for new gravity concepts. Besides design,…


Driving Change on the Grid—The Impact of EV Adoption

Utilities and other power generators need to prepare now for increased loads as the electrification of transportation grows. As with any challenge, opportunities exist for those willing to invest in…


Albania Seeks Investment to Support Existing Hydropower

Albania, a country of about 2.9 million people, is a net importer of electricity, and power supply security is a major challenge for the country, which is situated north of…


Changes in Boiler Operations Bring Innovations in Erosion and Corrosion Protection

Metal loss of the pressurized tubes inside the boiler is a big concern for boiler designers and operators. Changing fuel composition and other service parameters can lead to accelerated erosion…


The Case for Autonomous Network Management

There is a near-global drive to replace carbon-based, polluting, resource-constrained energy sources with non-carbon renewables as the primary fuel for the electricity industry. Even traditional sources of bulk power production…


Moving Toward Mainstream—The Rise of Renewable Goals

More states are setting targets for renewable energy. Cities and counties are joining in. Utilities are formalizing commitments. And economics, as always, play a major role. The transition to clean…


Economics Hamper Power Improvements in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been battered by natural disasters in recent years, with hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and a series of earthquakes in late December 2019 and early January…


ELECTRIC POWER Conference Set for Denver

POWER magazine will host its 22nd annual ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition April 14–17, 2020, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. ELECTRIC POWER is the premier conference and…


POWER Digest [March 2020]

Siemens Buys Out Iberdrola, Readying to Spin Off Gas and Power and SGRE Businesses. Siemens AG will acquire Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola SA’s full 8.1% stake in Siemens Gamesa Renewable…


Trump’s Attempt to Bring Sanity to a Torturous Environmental Review and Permitting Process

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations to promote “efficient, effective, and timely” NEPA review by federal agencies (85 Fed. Reg.…


Flow Batteries: Energy Storage Option for a Variety of Uses
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Energy storage is becoming increasingly important to the power industry. Lithium-ion battery technology has been implemented in many locations, but flow batteries offer significant benefits in long-duration usage applications and…


Novel System Uses Condenser Water for District Heating
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Conventional district heating systems are generally designed around the load. However, an alternate approach would be to design around potential heat sources, including the waste heat from power plants. Many…


Digital Transformation: Lessons from a Leader
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Is your company’s information technology (IT) department your friend or your enemy? Does it work with you to identify, evaluate, and select the best new digital technology to make your…


A New Frontier for Nuclear Fuels

Though much attention has been focused on the exciting realm of nuclear reactor technology innovation, major efforts to improve nuclear fuels—and boost power generation safety and economics—are underway. Part 1…


Novel Stellio Heliostat Solar Project Goes Online in China

One of the world’s first molten salt tower concentrated solar power (CSP) projects that uses a “Stellio” heliostat was grid-connected at the end of December in China’s Xinjiang province near…


Types of Filtration Systems Used for Wastewater Applications

The liquid filtration process is an important step in various applications that reuse water within systems. This article provides details on the types of filtration systems available and the benefits…


Winning Operations, Maintenance, Environmental, Safety, and Technical Solutions
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The Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) recently announced the winners of the 2nd annual CTOTF/POWER Innovation Excellence awards, which recognize outstanding performance in various categories. Exelon Generation, Oglethorpe Power…


Safety Innovation Creates New Opportunities for Energy Companies

Innovation in worker safety may not be a top priority for some companies, given all the other business concerns managers must focus on, but a culture of listening to workers…


New Technology Improves Refractory Maintenance and Shutdown Planning
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Power plants require regular maintenance outages to stay in top condition, but shutdown periods can be stressful. New tools are available that can save time, reduce labor costs, and improve…


How to Clean Natural Gas Piping with Gas Blows
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Prior to placing newly installed natural gas piping and valves in service, systems must be properly cleaned to remove potentially damaging foreign material that is inherently left behind during construction.…


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