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Power


Monthly Issue | March 31, 2016

THE BIG PICTURE: Energy for Power


POWER Digest

Saudi Arabia Mulling Privatization of State-Owned Utility. State-controlled Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) is to be split into four power generation firms by the end of 2016 to increase efficiency, Abdullah…


When Technology Tails Wag Power Dogs

When you hear “drone,” do you think, toy, military craft, dangerous device, or useful tool? Depending on the type of unmanned aircraft system (aka, drone) we’re talking about, any of…


Vietnam Reconsiders New Coal-Fired Power Plants

Vietnam, which has long been a coal exporter, is considering a hiatus in licensing new coal-fired power plants because it says domestic coal reserves won’t be enough to feed generators…


Vattenfall Completes World’s First Decommissioning of an Offshore Wind Farm

Vattenfall has dismantled five offshore wind turbines—with a total capacity of 10 MW—at the Yttre Stengrund wind farm in Kalmar Sound, Sweden. The month-long decommissioning project was the first in…


Commission Backs Plan to Store World’s Nuclear Waste in Australian Outback

A nuclear power plant in Australia—a country that harbors the world’s largest resources of uranium but uses no nuclear power—wouldn’t be economical, but building a nuclear storage and disposal facility…


First Turbine Deployed at French Tidal Power Farm

The first of two 500-kW OpenHydro tidal turbines has been successfully deployed at French utility EDF’s much-watched Paimpol-Bréhat tidal project, which is under construction in North Brittany, France. When completed—as…


Why Russia’s Largest Independent Power Company Built a Solar Facility in Siberia

One of Russia’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities has been grid-connected in Abakan, located in the Republic of Khakassia. The Khakass capital in central Russia just north of Mongolia, historically…


China Overtakes EU’s Wind Installations

China has edged past the European Union (EU) in terms of total installed wind capacity, with 145.1 GW to the EU’s 141.6 GW. This means that China, which erected a stunning…


Covered Piping Systems O&M Programs for CCGT Plants

A great level of risk is present when operating pressurized systems. Over the years, industry safety concerns have increased with the occurence of catastrophic events. To help prevent further loss…


New Quality Assurance Program Launched for Wind Turbine Blades

Blades are probably the most delicate part of a wind turbine and the most susceptible to accidental damage. Some estimates suggest that greater than 90% of wind turbine blades are…


The Road to Distributed Generation: How to Avoid the Bumps

Distributed generation (DG) is receiving much attention as a resource that can facilitate the development of a smarter, more resilient, and more sustainable electric grid. Several jurisdictions, including New York,…


Leveraging Drones and Robots for O&M Savings

Courtesy: International Climbing Machines Drones and robots are everywhere these days, but using them effectively for power plant operations and maintenance (O&M) without breaking the bank is neither simple nor…


Solar PV O&M Best Practices in a Rapidly Changing Market

A surge in the installation of large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems around the world has underscored the importance of cost-effective operations and maintenance practices to boost lifecycle plant economics. In…


Weighing Costs and Benefits in Hydropower Maintenance and Upgrade Decisions

Choosing whether to maintain or upgrade hydropower plant components can be difficult. Poor original equipment reliability can force changes, but often a detailed cost-benefit analysis is needed to make decisions.…


New Plant Design Options Expand Geothermal Power Operations

Geothermal energy may not be a large contributor to the U.S. power mix—it provided less than 0.5% of total U.S. generation in 2015—but it is a reliable and dispatchable renewable…


Risk Management: Using Resilience Engineering to Develop a More Reliable Workforce, Part 2

Developing a resilient organization pays benefits daily, but during outages and other maintenance tasks, it can account for the difference between success and failure. In the January issue, I introduced…


Communication Was Essential to Alliant Energy’s Successful Handling of Emissions Monitoring

When Prairie Creek Generating Station experienced a change in the one-hour SO2 standard, plus a change in monitor location, it faced the possibility that plant operation—and steam customers—might experience negative…


Maximizing Coastal Power Plant Resiliency

Hurricanes, tsunamis, and climate change—operating a power plant on the seacoast carries with it an array of unique challenges. Here’s what some generators are doing to ensure the lights stay…


Rigorous Turbine Validation Process Produces Sustained Reliability Exceeding 99%

As technology capabilities and customer requirements have evolved, so have gas turbine testing and validation methods. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems believes the proof of its long-term validation process is in…


Entergy Sheds Uneconomic Merchant Nuclear Plants to Focus on Regulated Business

Around the turn of the century, Entergy took a flyer on older, low-cost nuclear units to bid into new competitive wholesale markets. Facing pressure from cheap gas and unanticipated political…


The Global Nuclear Power Industry Faces Localized Outlooks

Recent developments in nuclear power reveal a common theme: Uncertainty and unpredictability prevail. Many different nuclear industries are developing within and among the nations of the world, all with differing…


Radical Energy Breakthroughs—Without the Risk

Among the greatest revolutions of the modern world is one that most of us take for granted: electrification. When we flip on the light switch, turn on the TV, or…


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