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Power


Monthly Issue | July 1, 2020

The Evolution of Power Business Models

Traditional models have been upended by recent disruptions, including decarbonization, decentralization, and even the COVID pandemic, but new ones are replacing them that focus on customer preference, regulatory, and market…


Micro Generation with Macro Possibilities

The market for microgrids continues to expand, with utilities, businesses, and neighborhoods installing a variety of technologies in systems designed to ensure a reliable and resilient supply of power. The…


Islands: An Ocean of Potential for Marine Energy

While island governments are exploring marine power technologies as serious options for future resources to replace diesel, technology developers are looking at improved value through new revenue streams, such as…


Minutes Matter in the Energy Imbalance Market
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An energy imbalance market (EIM) is a voluntary market that provides a sub-hourly economic dispatch of participating resources for balancing supply and demand every five minutes. One such market is…


Siemens’ Roadmap to 100% Hydrogen Gas Turbines

Aligning with a target set by European industry association EUTurbines, Siemens Gas and Power in January 2019 rolled out an ambitious roadmap to ramp up the hydrogen capability in its gas…


Russia, China Drive Africa’s Plan for Nuclear Expansion

Officials in South Africa and across the African continent continue to explore new nuclear power generation projects, and the region provides an opportunity for other countries to export their advanced…


Algeria Targets Renewables to Diversify Generation

Algeria, like other countries that are members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), wants to diversify its electricity production, and is looking to solar power for the…


Cuba’s First Biomass-Fired Power Plant Inaugurated

The first biomass-fired power plant in Cuba—located adjacent to Ciro Redondo sugar mill in the central province of Ciego de Ávila—recently synchronized its two boilers to the grid. The 60-MW…


Advantages of Dual Linear Array Probes for Corrosion Inspection

The power generation industry is among those whose aging infrastructure contributes to increased safety concerns, and can lead to costly unscheduled maintenance and shutdowns. Facilities must be vigilant about monitoring…


Rethinking Hydropower Eligibility for State Renewable Incentive Programs

In the absence of a comprehensive federal renewable energy policy, many states have established regulatory frameworks that incentivize or require utilities to purchase or develop a percentage of renewable electricity…


At the Dawn of the Hydrogen Economy

Interest in hydrogen is growing, with demand increasing rapidly. It is clear that the next significant transformation in the energy transition will be based on the hydrogen economy, transforming green…


Equipment Showcase: Tools and Operational Supplies

The proper tools and operational supplies are important for the efficient operation of power plants and other industrial facilities. Such facilities each have their own combination of operations that need…


Using Planning and Partnerships to Avoid Downtime
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The technology and materials within hydropower plants have advanced substantially over the last century. This has required plant owners and operators to take a more proactive approach to maintenance and…


Customer Demands Drive Change in Business Models
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Power customers are demanding personalized energy solutions, forcing the industry to alter business models. The leading providers of the future will be digital, agile, efficient, and highly customer-centric. The digital…


How to Optimize Your Facility While Using Variable Quality Fuel Gas
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The composition and heating values of fuel gas can vary from one moment in time to another. Using a Coriolis flow meter to obtain a mass flow measurement, rather than…


Using Data Analytics to Support Asset Management and Optimization
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In the competitive power market that exists today, utilities must utilize data to optimize their assets. With proper analysis, individual units, as well as fleets of plants, can balance operating…


Competitive Markets and Environmental Goals—Yes, They Can Coexist
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While the nation is rightfully consumed with responding to the COVID-19 crisis, other battles are being fought that also will have decades-long consequences. One of those involves states seeking to…


Technology in Construction: Choosing and Implementing Solutions

In Part I of this three-part series, which was published in the May 2020 issue of POWER and titled “Technology in Construction: Predicting and Adapting to Change,” recent trends in…


Digital Strategies for Power Plant Optimization

The power generation sector has been challenged by trends in digitalization, growth of intermittent renewables, equipment performance improvements, new generation, and storage technologies. Digitalization is a broad concept that can…


POWER Digest [July 2020]

Germany Adopts National Strategies for Energy, Climate, Hydrogen. Twenty days before Germany commandeers the European Union Council presidency, Germany on June 12 adopted two national strategies that could further reshape…


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