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Monthly Issue | April 30, 2019

Q&A With Geothermal Experts

Geothermal energy has been around forever, used as a heating source across the world. Today it has surfaced as another renewable resource, with advancements in drilling technology bringing down costs…


THE BIG PICTURE: 30 Innovations Revolutionizing the Power Industry

Between 2005 and 2016, the global installed capacity of solar PV increased more than seven-fold, and the capacity of onshore wind increased nearly three-fold, and owing to plunging costs, variable…


Clump Weights in Offshore Mooring Systems
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Offshore moorings have a long tradition in the oil and gas industry. Even though most offshore mooring systems feature similar components, they differ a lot in design, depending on the…


Modifying Behavior to Protect Systems in a Malicious Threat Landscape

The malicious threat landscape for industrial control systems (ICSs) is constantly evolving and getting more sophisticated, thereby raising the need to have visibility, implement protective controls, and perform continuous monitoring.…


Certifying Precision Timing in the Smart Grid
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Utilities deploying precise timing in their networks have an additional choice in evaluating solutions based on whether or not the devices are IEEE certified for compliance to the appropriate IEEE…


Utility Business Model Reform and the Role of Big Data
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COMMENTARY Stories about seismic changes ready to hit utilities and transform their century-old business models fill power industry newsletters and media. I've even contributed some of these articles. But rarely…


High-Volume Hydrogen Gas Turbines Take Shape

In preparation for a large-scale power sector shift toward decarbonization, several major power equipment manufacturers are developing gas turbines that can operate on a high-hydrogen-volume fuel. According to several experts,…


Iran Expands Plans for Nuclear Power

Nuclear power in Iran has struggled to gain a foothold, with the country dogged by political power struggles, international sanctions, and significant scrutiny of its nuclear program for decades. The…


POWER Digest [May 2019]: News Briefs From Around the World

MHPS Receives Order for UAE Power Plant Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has been tabbed to build a 1,026-MW gas turbine combined cycle power plant for the Emirate of Sharjah…


Extending Turbine Life to Meet Wind Power’s Potential

Meeting increasing worldwide demand for wind energy depends on reliable turbine performance, and performance can significantly benefit from optimized main shaft and gearbox bearing selection. Wind turbine bearings handle enormous…


How Qualified Opportunity Zones Can Spark Green Energy

COMMENTARY While the new Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) program initially has drawn widespread interest regarding real estate development, it also appears likely to generate promising opportunities for green energy projects,…


Bringing the Heat: Geothermal Making Inroads as Baseload Power
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It’s energy that has been around forever, used for years as a heating source across the world, particularly in areas with volcanic activity. Today, geothermal has surfaced as another renewable…


The Dark Side of the Smart Grid

The smart grid offers great promise to transform the electric system, enabling two-way communication between providers and consumers over the network, and allowing new services that can save electricity and…


Equipment Showcase – CEMS, Analyzers, and Sensors

A continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) is required in the U.S. under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to continuously collect, record, and report emissions data from industrial facilities, including power…


Double-Tube-Sheet Heat Exchangers: A Solution to Cross Contamination

Heat exchangers are vital equipment for power plant operation. Many different types of heat exchangers exist, but for applications that cannot afford cross contamination of shell-side and tube-side fluids, none…


Comparing Gas Turbine Life to Turbine Control Life: What You Need to Know

Turbine control manufacturers often suggest retrofit projects are the only viable strategy to resolve control system end-of-life or obsolescence issues. But do plant operators really need to upgrade turbine control…


Energy Storage Changes the Power Profile

The power grid is a pretty complex system. Electricity is generally produced on an as-needed basis. Generators ramp up and down based on demand. However, energy storage systems are beginning…


Advancements in Water Ultrafiltration Technology

Strained water resources across the world necessitate innovative ways for power plants to more efficiently use, and reuse, the water that is available. At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne…


Outstanding Combustion Turbine Operators Recognized by CTOTF

The Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) recently announced the winners of the first CTOTF/POWER Innovation Excellence awards, which recognize outstanding performance in various combustion turbine operations categories. Among the…


Enhanced Wastewater Treatment Technology for Ash Transport Water

Evolving environmental regulations have forced many coal power plant operators to re-evaluate how they handle water and ash. Many units have been retrofit with dry handling systems, but there are…


Best Practices for Wind Project Partial Repowering

Partial wind project repowering enables owners to generate more energy from their sites, extend the life and improve the availability of their projects, and take advantage of extended renewable energy…


A Thorium Molten Salt Reactor When and Where You Need It

ThorConIsle is an offshore 500-MWe thorium molten salt reactor constructed inside a ship’s hull, ready to provide power from navigable waterways. The ThorCon “pot” operates at a pressure of 3…


Allocating Risks Strategically: How to Complete Successful Power and Energy Projects

Power and energy construction projects are often complex and nearly always full of risks. On some jobs, miscalculating schedules and underestimating material expenses can result in hundreds of millions of…


Pitfalls and Promises: Power Sector Decarbonization

Decarbonization is becoming firmly entrenched in utility business strategies to address risks and opportunities posed by climate change. But setting out a sound plan amid so many uncertainties poses a…


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