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Monthly Issue | August 1, 2011

Coal: A Key Part of Our Clean Energy Future

With the U.S. economy still struggling, few things are as important as having an abundant, reliable supply of energy to help drive our recovery. Many American families are hurting and…


Heavy-Duty Lathe Carriage Shields

Danray Products introduced a line of heavy-duty lathe carriage (saddle) shields that are designed for manual lathes or similar machines. The shield attaches directly to the backside of the carriage,…


Clean-Up Kit for Large Outdoor Oil Spills

New Pig Corp. launched the “PIG UV-Resistant Spill Kit in a 95-Gallon Container” as an easy oil-spill clean-up solution to large outdoor spills. Suitable for outdoor use and storage, the…


Screened Tungsten Halogen Lights for Nuclear Plants

BIRNS Inc., designer and manufacturer of lights for the nuclear power industry, introduced enhancements to the popular BIRNS Kelvin—a 16,000-lumen tungsten halogen light that features a 120 volt/1,000 W lamp…


Marmy’s One-Squirt Celebration

Steve Elonka began chronicling the exploits of Marmaduke Surfaceblow—a six-foot-four marine engineer with a steel brush mustache and a foghorn voice—in POWER in 1948, when Marmy raised the wooden mast…


Accelerating the Pace of EV Deployment

A number of automotive manufacturers, electric utilities, electric power associations, and research groups are working to develop and evaluate technical approaches to integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into the U.S.…


PRISM: A Promising Near-Term Reactor Option

In the early 1970s, the liquid metal reactor (LMR) program focused on the construction and deployment of the Clinch River Breeder Reactor (CRBR), a sodium-cooled, fast-neutron reactor near Oak Ridge,…


Mitigating the Effects of Flexible Operation on Coal-Fired Power Plants

As coal-fired power plants increasingly operate in cycling modes, many plants are confronting the potential for higher levels of component damage and degraded performance of environmental control equipment. Generators and…


Make Your Plant Ready for Cycling Operations

Cycling your steam power plant is inevitable, so now is the time to learn how to minimize equipment damage and assess the true costs of cycling. Whether cycling is required…


Smart Grid Award: Vermont Electric Cooperative Takes Wise Approach to Smart Grid Projects

Vermont Electric Cooperative System Operators Matt Anderson (foreground) and Craig Jewett monitor VEC’s smart grid. Courtesy: VEC A cooperative in northern Vermont serving a largely rural area has proven that…


Marmaduke Award: CFE Extends CTG Universidad Unit 2’s Life with Conversion to Synchronous Condenser

CTG Universidad is a two-unit combustion turbine plant commissioned in late 1970 by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) on the north side of Monterrey, Mexico’s third-largest city and an…


Plant of the Year: KCP&L’s Iatan 2 Earns POWER’s Highest Honor

Courtesy: KCP&L Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) began engaging stakeholders in 2003 to develop consensus on a regional energy plan designed to balance customers’ desire for low electricity costs…


New Approach Needed for Renewable Integration

It is time for the renewable integration discussion to move beyond simply identifying the challenges of ensuring reliability in a nation increasingly served by intermittent renewable resources and toward developing…


Fighting Pipe Abrasion

Steel piping systems used to convey coarse materials, often over long distances, are under constant attack from abrasion. In power plants, the materials are usually coal and limestone slurry. The…


Improving the Efficiency of Toronto’s District Heating Plant

Enwave Energy Corp.’s district heating plants in downtown Toronto will be operating cleaner and more efficiently before the fall 2011 heating season begins when boiler upgrades now under way are…


Systems Integration, Flexible Control Reduce Makeup Water Cost

Longview Power, a 695-MW coal-fired power plant now under construction in Maidsville, W.Va., is scheduled to begin commercial operation later this year. The $2 billion project reached 580 MW in…


POWER Digest (August 2011)

The Tide Turns for Marine Energy Devices. Siemens Energy recently secured a 10% stake in Marine Current Turbines, the UK company that owns SeaGen, a 1.2-MW tidal power plant, which…


E.ON Commissions 433-MW Hungary CCGT

Two years after it laid the foundation stone, Germany’s E.ON on June 27 opened Hungary’s most efficient combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant (Figure 7). The €400 million ($573…


Osmotic Power Makes Headway

Statkraft began operating its 4-kW prototype osmotic power plant at Tofte, just outside Oslo, Norway, in 2009. Now the firm reports that it is close to developing a large-scale plant.…


Chile, Peru Put the Brakes on Mega-Hydro Projects

Weeks after Brazil’s environmental agency, IBAMA, granted final approval for construction of the mammoth 11.2-GW Belo Monte Dam in the Amazon region to proceed, an appeals court in Chile suspended…


Largest CCS Project in Operation

Companies continue to increase the size of carbon capture and sequestration test projects. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has launched operation of what it calls the world’s largest demonstration of carbon…


Alstom Launches Upgraded GT26

Just as GE Energy, Siemens, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in May announced gas combustion technology developments—each seeking to push the 60% barrier with new gas turbine designs—Alstom has quietly…


Milestones for Flywheel, Lithium Battery Grid-Scale Projects

Energy storage developments got a boost as Beacon Power Corp. in June announced that its first flywheel energy storage plant in Stephentown, N.Y., achieved its full 20-MW capacity, and AES…


THE BIG PICTURE: Underground Nuclear Waste Disposal

(Download a pdf of the original layout.) According to the International Atomic Energy Commission, deep disposal in stable geological formations is the only sustainable way to safely manage spent fuel…


Fracking Problems

By most estimates, natural gas is likely to become the dominant power generation fuel in the U.S. within perhaps a decade. The rapid growth in natural gas supplies follows advanced…


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