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Monthly Issue | April 1, 2009

ELECTRIC POWER 2009 Exhibitor Preview

This year's ELECTRIC POWER Exhibition will feature the latest technologies and services from approximately 500 companies. Get a preview of some of the exhibitor offerings here. For the entire offerings, you'll have…


Abrasion-Resistant Bushing Material

The GRAPHLON GM 860 developed by Graphite Metallizing is an abrasion-resistant bushing material that protects pumps and helps prolong pump life. Designed for use in the manufacture of pump bushings…


Watertight Temperature Data Loggers

Dickson’s new stainless steel case data loggers are designed to monitor up to 275F in wet conditions. The watertight instruments are made of stainless steel and are available in three…


Stainless Steel Flowmeters

The expanded line of CoolPoint vortex shedding flowmeters introduced recently by Universal Flow Monitors Inc. is designed to ensure flow consistency in hydroelectric generators, heat exchangers, boiler feed pumps, steam…


Reducing Millirem Exposure

Radioactive materials are clinging to the inside walls of reactor system components because of a noble metals injection process error some years ago at Cooper Nuclear Station (CNS). CNS has…


POWER Digest (April 2009)

Italy’s Enel Teams with EDF to Build Four EPRs. Italy’s largest power company, Enel, and Électricité de France (EDF) on Feb. 24 signed the first memorandum of understanding that sets…


New Biogas Plant Runs Purely on Nonedible Materials

German researchers in February said they had developed the first-ever biogas plant to run purely on waste instead of edible raw materials (Figure 7). The team from the Fraunhofer Institute…


Compact, Portable System Converts Trash to Energy

Post-consumer waste could be the newest, ubiquitous fuel source for distributed energy generation if a mobile waste-to-energy conversion system launched this January finds its way onto the parking lots of…


Researchers: Spanish Electricity Model Is Unsustainable

The current Spanish electricity model is unsustainable: Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are hard to control, demand shows no sign of weakening, and the country is overly dependent on imported fuel.…


Turbines Spinning at Antarctica’s First "Zero-Emissions" Station

About 110 years after the Belgica expedition — a polar voyage organized by the Geographical Royal Society to establish the world’s first Antarctic scientific research program — a new, unique…


Problems Plague Russia’s Nuclear Power Ambitions

"The Russian Nuclear Industry: Status and Prospects," a February report from a Canadian-based think tank, Centre for International Governance Innovation, examines a revival of Russia’s Soviet-era plans for a massive…


Norway Leads the Way on CCS

According to a new study from Emerging Energy Research, more than $20 billion will be spent on carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects this year at 50 power generation projects…


Making the Most of Thermal Imaging Data

Investor-owned electric utilities are chartered to provide cost-effective and reliable electric service. An important element in ensuring the reliability of the electric system is a proactive preventive maintenance program. One…


Toshiba Completes EPC Negotiations for STP

The pace at which next-generation nuclear power is developing in the U.S. accelerated this February as the U.S. arm of Toshiba inked an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with…


Proposed Federal RPS Needs Rewrite

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources, has promised to complete legislation on a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS), perhaps by late spring.…


In Search of Perfect Power

What do you do when your research institution is losing roughly half a million dollars annually as a result of multiple electricity outages — and electricity demand keeps rising? If…


Transmission Superhighway or Interconnected Patchwork?

President Obama promoted "green energy" as a signature theme in his presidential campaign. During his first weeks, he reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to renewable resources. In a radio address, he…


Fast-Tracking a Control System Retrofit

Upgrading a 1970s-era generator control system to new millennium technology in 12 days during a three-week shutdown would require careful planning and teamwork under any circumstances. The quick replacement of…


Fire Safety in Modern Hydroelectric Stations

It may seem counterintuitive, but fire can be a serious danger in hydropower plants. In some respects, the danger is even greater than in thermal power stations. Most U.S. hydro…


Fossil Fuels + Solar Energy = The Future of Electricity Generation

Renewable energy, though still accounting for a comparatively small portion of overall supply, generates a larger portion of the world’s electricity each year. Combining many of the available solar energy…


2009 Electric Power Conference Preview

ELECTRIC POWER, the world’s most comprehensive conference covering power generation, will be presented at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago May 12 through May 14. ELECTRIC POWER 2009,…


CERAWeek 2009: Floundering Economy Eclipses Renewable, Carbon Plans

For the past 26 years, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) has hosted an annual conference in Houston that is world-renowned for its high-profile speakers and attendees’ willingness to exchange ideas…


Hydrokinetic Plant Piggybacks on Existing Hydro Plant

Hydrokinetic energy — which generates power by using underwater turbines that harness moving water — is on the rise in the U.S. In January, the first U.S.-licensed, commercial, grid-connected hydrokinetic…


Consider CHP for LNG Vaporization

The conversion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to pipeline-quality gas requires large quantities of low-grade thermal energy that may be available from industrial waste streams, steam power plants, or ocean…


Transforming the U.S. Grid

Al Gore, in his recent New York Times op-ed titled "The Climate for Change," calls for a "$400 billion investment over ten years to construct a national smart grid to…


Knife Gate Valve for Heavy Slurry Applications

Red Valve Company Inc. launched Series DX Slurry Knife Gate Valve, a durable and user-friendly gate valve that has been designed especially for heavy slurry applications in the power and…


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