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Monthly Issue | April 1, 2011

Electricity: A Fuel of the Future

The recent tensions in the Middle East and their impact on oil and gasoline prices remind us that the U.S. remains heavily dependent on foreign nations—some of them unstable—to meet…


Enhanced Compact Loaders

Bobcat’s launch of the new 700 Series compact loaders adds three new models to the company’s family of new-generation loaders. The new loaders, all with vertical lift path design, offer…


High-Level Construction Glove

Ergodyne has launched the ProFlex 750 At-Heights Construction Glove. The glove delivers the comfort, durability, and protection required for climbing as well as the fit and dexterity needed to get…


Miniature Triaxial Accelerometer

Kistler announced the North American market introduction of the Type 8763B, a miniature IEPE triaxial accelerometer with voltage output. The accelerometer offers simultaneous shock and vibration measurements on three mutually…


New Digital Pressure Gauges and Calibration Pumps

Palmer Wahl Instruments Inc. has introduced a new line of digital pressure test gauges that includes the Palmer 3PC Auto Ranging Digital Pressure Test Gauge (shown here), which spans a…


Drill-Through Tool to Ensure Deep Casing

Aberdeen, UK–based casing and completion technology specialist Deep Casing Tools launched the Turbocaser Express, what it calls the “first ever drill-through tool to ensure casing to target depth, allowing wells…


Linear Heat-Detection System

Tendeka’s advanced monitoring solutions arm, Sensornet, introduced its FireLaser linear heat-detection system, which has been specifically designed for fire hazard detection applications. The FireLaser connects to a fiber-optic cable and determines…


Benchmarking Fossil Plant Performance Measures, Part II: Fleet-Level Metrics

Part II of this three-part series moves up the typical utility organization to consider important fleet-level fossil plant operating metrics. This portion of the EUCG-sponsored benchmarking survey found that utilities…


Nuclear Fever Breaks

Excitement over an expected nuclear renaissance reached fever pitch over the past decade. Today, the original volume of announced projects has been sifted, leaving just a few serious ones that…


Fire Protection Options for Air-Cooled Hydroelectric Generators

Fire protection systems for air-cooled hydroelectric generators have several special requirements due to these generators’ unique geometries. This survey of options will help plant owners and operators make the best…


Biomass Cofiring: A Promising New Generation Option

Biomass cofiring has the potential to cut emissions from coal-fueled generation without substantially increasing costs or infrastructure investments. Research shows that when implemented at relatively low biomass-to-coal ratios, energy consumption,…


The Smart Grid and Distributed Generation: Better Together

Electricity grids are slowly getting smarter. Simultaneously, the use of distributed generation is increasing. Though smart grid advocates tout the ability of a smarter grid to enable greater deployment of…


Changing Winds: The Evolving Wind Turbine

As early as the first century A.D., wind energy was harnessed for practical purposes. Since then, turbine designs have come a long way from the archetypal post-mounted four-bladed devices. Today’s…


Energy Storage Enables Just-in-Time Generation

One of the main criticisms of renewable energy facilities is that they are unable to dispatch electricity when it’s needed. The great game-changer is low-cost energy storage, which would enable…


Sendai Plant Boosts Efficiency and Cuts Emissions

Located on the scenic Japanese coastline, Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc.’s new 446-MW Sendai Thermal Power Station Unit 4 is a combined-cycle plant that replaces three 175-MW coal-fired units that…


Flawed Rules May Sink Small Calif. Renewable Projects

In December 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a decision with considerable fanfare that was intended to provide for the development of 1,000 MW of additional new renewable…


Plan for the Worst: Insurance Insights

Imagine this scenario: Two separate power plants experience a bowing problem greater than 18 mils with a steam-turbine rotor. The turbines are from the same manufacturer and several repair options…


Predictive Maintenance That Works, Part I

Last year in this department, we ran a three-part series on “Competitive Maintenance Strategies” (March, April, and May 2010, available in our archives at https://www.powermag.com). We began that series with…


POWER Digest (April 2011)

China Inaugurates 660-kV DC Line. The China Power Grid Co. on Feb. 28 began transmitting power through a 660-kV direct current power transmission link that runs from northwest China’s Ningxia…


KEMA Opens Lab to Test Energy Storage Performance

Dutch energy consulting firm KEMA in February opened a new laboratory in Chalfont, Pa., to test and verify emerging utility-scale energy storage systems. The facility, KEMA says, will be the…


Turning Flue Gas Carbon into a Raw Material for Manufacturing

Bayer in February brought online a pilot plant at Chempark Leverkusen, Germany, to recycle carbon dioxide (CO2) scrubbed from the flue gas of a 1,000-MW RWE lignite-fired unit and convert…


Geologists Tap Magma for Energy Production

Geologists drilling an exploratory well in Iceland’s Krafla volcano in search of supercritical geothermal resources in 2009 unexpectedly uncovered a new way to harness energy from deep within Earth’s crust.…


Nuclear Monitor: News from France, Japan, U.S., Belgium, Germany

Five new nuclear reactors were connected to the grid while construction of 14 others began in 2010, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in early March. Around the world,…


The Battle to Control Quake-Stricken Japanese Reactors

As POWER closes this issue (March 15), 6,000 people have been confirmed dead and 10,000 others are still missing as a result of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami…


Spanish Wind, Revisited

Two years ago, Spain’s fixation on renewables and “green jobs” was praised by President Obama as a success story worthy of our emulation. How is Spain doing today? Fascinating Feedback…


Horizontal or Vertical? The Question for Wind Turbine Axis Orientation

A debate over whether it is best to harness wind energy with horizontal-axis devices or vertical-axis devices has raged for thousands of years. Even how the technologies evolved is under…


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