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Monthly Issue | March 15, 2007

A vision for speeding up science and technology developments

As David Wojick explains in his article, "Mapping technology chaos," on page 36, power engineers are under the gun to innovate. The president and Congress are calling for dramatic new…


This month in POWER …

March 1886 POWER reported on the latest development of a new and improved engine: "The chief feature of the Corliss engine [from Kendall & Roberts, Cambridgeport, Mass.] is the valve…


ELECTRIC POWER Conference set for record year

ELECTRIC POWER, the world's most comprehensive conference covering power generation, has been programmed to meet the information needs of power generating companies. Programming is developed under the direction of an…


Balancing power and steam demand in combined-cycle cogeneration plants

WorleyParsons has recently been involved in various cogeneration plant studies and projects for district heating, refinery upgrades, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications. In all of them, balancing thermal and…


Practical guidelines for determining electrical area classification

Hazardous areas exist in every power plant. Following proper design rules and anticipating how the plant will be operated can avoid creating mixtures of gases that could explode or catch…


Will turbines require expensive retrofits to handle imported LNG?

As the regulator of U.S. natural gas pipeline networks, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has decided that increasing imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the best way to…


Water hammer and other hydraulic phenomena

Water hammer—or hydraulic shock —is an apt description of the sudden impact of a mass of fast-moving water on a piping component such as a valve or an elbow. It…


Fish and cooling water intakes: Debunking the myths

Since the early 1970s, water-cooled power plants have installed fish protection technologies largely on a case-by-case basis with limited guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2004, the…


U.S. Commercial Service helps suppliers go global

When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001, market opportunities for U.S. companies expanded by an order of magnitude. China is America's fastest growing export market, with…


Mapping technology chaos

Power engineers are under pressure to develop and deploy new technologies at an ever-quickening pace. The world of power engineering today might best be described as one of technology chaos.…


Reclaimed cooling water’s impact on surface condensers and heat exchangers

Two hundred years after Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote, "Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink" in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," power plants in many regions of the…


Why raising renewable portfolio standards won’t work

Almost half of U.S. states now insist that their investor-owned electric utilities serve a specified percentage of their load with electricity from renewable resources by a date certain. Utilities struggling…


Focus on O&M (March 2007)

SYSTEM RELIABILITY The critical subset Some of the most interesting reliability standards are also the ones getting the most attention as we approach the transition to mandatory compliance and enforcement this…


Global Monitor (March 2007)

Winter storms ravage Nebraska grid No state in the U.S. was slammed harder by this winter's weather than Nebraska. Storm after storm swept across the Cornhusker State, devastating the transmission…


Unequivocal bragging rights

The new congressional leadership has promised a "new" agenda for fighting climate change based on reducing the quantities and rate of growth of greenhouse gases (GHG) discharged to the atmosphere.…


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