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Power


Monthly Issue | May 1, 2010

Bridge to a Dead End

The Brattle Group released a provocative study paper in March in which the authors postulate that using more natural gas for generating electricity could reduce our dependence on coal-fired generation…


Power in Mexico: Risks and Rewards

State control of the electricity sector may mean fewer customers, but it also can mean clearer expectations. Working with the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) can be a difficult, yet…


Power in Mexico: Three Keys to Success for the Service and Manufacturing Sector

NAFTA was both good and bad for Mexico. In both cases, it required a different approach to doing business, and the effects of that shift are still playing out. Mexico…


Power in Mexico: A Regulatory Framework with Little Flexibility

Mexico’s federal government retains almost total control over who builds and owns what electricity infrastructure. But if you know how to work within the strict constraints, it is possible to…


New and Improved Loctite Formula

Henkel Corp. has introduced two new Loctite threadlockers formulated to withstand consistent operating temperatures up to 360F. Curing consistently and thoroughly without cleaning, these new products tolerate the oils and…


Infrared Camera Measures Through Flames

Lenox Instrument Co. announced its new FireSight Thermal Imaging Camera System designed specifically to provide clear, real-time monitoring and accurate, noncontact temperature measurement through combustion flames. Temperature data are transmitted…


Measure Methane Flow

The Fluid Components International ST51 flow meter is designed to measure the flow of biogases, methane, and other greenhouse gas mixtures. The flow meter comes in an explosion-proof instrument and…


Limitorque Adds DC Inputs

Flowserve Corp. has added 24- to 48-volt DC-input power for all sizes of Flowserve Limitorque QX electronic valve actuators. The QX offers reliability for remote applications that require an uninterrupted…


Wireless Clamp Meter

Extech Instruments introduced the EX845, a 1,000A AC/DC CAT IV clamp meter with new METERLiNK technology and a built-in infrared thermometer. METERLiNK wirelessly connects FLIR infrared cameras to Extech meters…


Laser Hole-Shaping Improves Combustion Turbine Efficiency

Cylindrical holes were once the industry standard for air film cooling on turbine engine components. The cooling holes were traditionally formed using an electro-discharge machine (EDM) with a round electrode…


How Green Is Green Power?

The demand for "green" electricity — electricity produced from renewable sources like wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuels — is at an all-time high in the U.S. Over the past…


Combo Temp and Humidity Sensor

E Instruments has just released its TH300 humidity and temperature sensor, which is ideal for applications that require a single, high-accuracy instrument. The sensor measures relative and absolute humidity, dew…


Resurrecting Nuclear: "We Have to Get It Right"

Offers of nuclear loan guarantees are pending, construction permit applications are at an industry high, and the political stars seem to be properly aligned. However, there remains one obstacle in…


Dry Injection of Trona for SO3 Control

In 2006 and 2007, POWER ran a three-part series on the formation of SO3, O&M issues caused by SO3, and sorbent injection control for SO3 control. Three years later, many…


Adding Desalination to Solar Hybrid and Fossil Plants

Shrinking water supplies will unquestionably constrain the development of future power plants. A hybrid system consisting of concentrated solar thermal power and desalination to produce water for a plant, integrated…


First Posiflow Benson Boiler Completes Seven Years of Service

Seven years have passed since the world’s first low mass flux vertical tube once-through furnace was put into operation by Doosan Babcock at the Yaomeng Thermal Power Plant Unit 1…


Power in Mexico: Renewables Remain More Desired than Real

Mexico has already developed substantial large hydro and geothermal resources. However, without policy changes and government-sponsored financial incentives, unconventional renewable sources are taking the equivalent of baby steps. "Renewables" is…


Power in Mexico: Mexico’s Generation Mix

Mexico enjoys considerable fuel diversity for powering its generating plants, and its goal is to become even more diversified. Mexico relies on combined-cycle plants, primarily running on gas, to supply…


Power in Mexico: A Brief History of Mexico’s Power Sector

Mexico Balances Central Control with Flexibility in Its Power Sector A special report from Global Business Reports and POWER Courtesy: CFE Mexico, one of the few countries in Latin America…


A Burning Concern: Combustible Dust

If not properly controlled, coal and coal dust can cause fires, explosions, and implosions at power plants. Strategies for promoting safer management of these combustibles include actions such as training…


Forensic Engineering: A Valuable Tool in Incident Investigations

Much like the crime scene investigators on the CSI TV shows, power plant investigation teams are increasingly employing forensic engineering methods to gather evidence and determine the causes of malfunctions…


Natural Gas Piping: It’s Time for Better Risk Control

At least 10 workers have died from natural gas piping explosions in the past 12 months. The most recent disaster, which occurred during gas system purging at the Kleen Energy…


The U.S. Spent Nuclear Fuel Policy: Road to Nowhere

The Nuclear Waste Policy Act and Amendments of 1982 and 1987 established a national policy and schedule for developing geologic repositories for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level…


Defining the Elephant: Smart Grid Status Check

There is no doubt that the year-plus since passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) has borne witness to a great deal of activity among…


Competitive Maintenance Strategies, Part III

In the previous two installments of "Competitive Maintenance Strategies," we examined several best practices that should be part of the workday routine for high-performing plants. In Part I, we discussed…


CERAWeek 2010: "Energy: Building a New Future"

For the past 26 years, Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) has hosted an annual CERAWeek conference in Houston that is renowned for high-profile attendees from around the world. During the…


Bridge to a Dead End

The Brattle Group released a provocative study paper in March in which the authors postulate that using more natural gas for generating electricity could reduce our dependence on coal-fired generation…


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