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Monthly Issue | August 1, 2014

More Strategies for Inspecting HRSGs in Two-Shift and Low-Load Service

This supplement to “Strategies for Inspecting HRSGs in Two-Shift and Low- Load Service” in the August issue includes additional discussion of the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) Inspectors Toolkit and…


Germany Reforms Renewable Energy Laws

A significant reform of Germany’s aggressive renewable energy laws passed its final hurdle on July 11, setting the country on a more market-based path toward future growth. The bill was…


Rapid Cycling: The Human Factor

A combination of falling natural gas prices, greater integration of renewable generation, and advancing technology has meant changing roles for many plants, particularly gas turbine combined cycle plants. (See “Managing…


THE BIG PICTURE: GHG Pegboard (Infographic)

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And the Winner Is…

The 2014 POWER Plant of the Year makes history, both as a project and as our cover story. The Plant of the Year award goes to the most interesting, usually…


France to Slash Reliance on Nuclear in New Draft Policy

France will cap its nuclear power capacity at the current 63.2 GW, forcing closures if new reactors come online, and instead boost renewable generation if a bill unveiled by its…


First Power for Argentina’s Atucha 2 Nuclear Reactor

Argentina’s 692-MW Atucha 2 nuclear reactor achieved criticality in early June, marking a major milestone for the country’s third reactor, development of which began nearly four decades ago. A pressurized…


Indonesia Eyes Tightening Coal Exports

Indonesia, the world’s leading exporter of thermal coal, in June again suggested it could limit coal production and further tighten its control on exports to protect supply for domestic power…


POWER Digest (August 2014)

S. Korea Extends Renewables Target Deadline. South Korea’s government on June 9 said it would push back the target for mandatory use of renewable energy by two years to ease…


A Spanish Island’s 100% Wind-and-Water Power Solution

El Hierro, the smallest island on Spain’s Canary archipelago, in June became what developers say is the first energy-isolated territory to power itself solely with renewables. The project, which was…


Intelligent Monitoring of Distribution and Emergency Power Systems Improves Availability

Problematic power plant systems diminish availability and directly affect plant productivity and efficiency. In order to maintain availability, electrical testing and maintenance services are imperative. Two systems that service technicians…


Trackers Optimize Yield of Utility-Scale Solar Plants

The utility-scale solar market is rapidly growing in North America, representing a large area of opportunity for project and product developers alike. The market more than doubled in size between…


Bright Future for Energy Storage

California has set an ambitious target of connecting 1.3 GW of energy storage to the grid by 2020. In October 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) mandated that 200…


Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Earns POWER’s Highest Honor

The era of Big Solar has arrived, and at the moment there are none bigger than Ivanpah. For overcoming numerous obstacles to build the world’s largest solar thermal plant, the…


MARMADUKE AWARD: KOMIPO Relocates an Entire Combined Cycle Power Plant

Korea Midland Power (KOMIPO) had a viable combined cycle power plant where it didn’t need one, and growing demand where new capacity had to be added. The solution? Pack up…


WATER AWARD: Jeffrey Energy Center’s Constructed Wetland Treatment System

POWER’s first Water Award goes to a plant that developed an innovative solution to a common problem: the economic and environmentally responsible disposal of flue gas desulfurization wastewater.  U.S. coal…


Strategies for Inspecting HRSGs in Two-Shift and Low-Load Service

Inspections of more than 500 units over the past 10 years reveals common challenges faced by mid-life HRSGs, particularly those used in combined cycle plants to offset renewable generation and…


Welding and Fabrication Innovations Mitigate Reactor Pressure Vessel Embrittlement in Nuclear Plant Construction

New weld filler materials and fabrication processes are capable of eliminating toughness losses associated with fast-neutron irradiation of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) weldments in new nuclear power plants. This article…


Solid Coal Ash-Handling System Avoids Problems Associated with Wet and Dry Systems

A coal ash-handling system that was first adopted in Eastern Europe could offer plants in the U.S. and elsewhere a way to comply with multiple new environmental regulations. Environmental and…


Treating WTE Plant Flue Gases with Sodium Bicarbonate

An economic evaluation plus real-world analysis of plants that converted from lime-based flue gas treatment to sodium bicarbonate treatment found that although lime systems are more familiar, sodium bicarbonate systems…


Southeast Asia’s Energy Juggernaut

The 10 booming economies of Southeast Asia are rapidly emerging as energy-consuming giants. But as indigenous fuel production dwindles and competition for resources mounts, they all face a number of…


Grid Security Gets Physical

Cybersecurity has grabbed the lion’s share of grid security attention, but last year’s attack on a substation in California served as a reminder that physical attacks are still a significant…


Effects of Urbanization on Generation in China

In 2013, urbanization in China reached 53.73%. Urbanization has become an important field for national reform. On the one hand, urbanization is effective for improving quality of life and narrowing…


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