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Monthly Issue | August 2, 2020

Xuzhou 3 Shows the Future of Subcritical Coal Power Is Sublime

A remarkable retrofit at Xuzhou Unit 3 boosted the 320-MW subcritical coal unit’s efficiency to beyond 43.56%—higher than all existing Chinese supercritical units, and even many ultrasupercritical units. The groundbreaking…


Efficiency a Priority at Caofeidian Coal Power Plant
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Coal power may be struggling in some parts of the world, but it’s doing just fine in China. New plants are coming online featuring state-of-the-art technology. Two ultrasupercritical units added…


Digitization Drives Efficiency at Turkish Coal Plant

The CENAL TES, or Karabiga, power plant in Turkey is a model for the use of high-performance technology and digital software to power an ultrasupercritical coal-fired facility. Coal continues to…


Khargone: India’s High Efficiency Leap

Indian power giant NTPC commissioned the second unit of the vast 1,320-MW Khargone Super Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh this March, completing its first ultrasupercritical power plant. The project’s…


Success Through Engineered Upgrades and a Focus on Behavior
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It sounds kind of strange, but you don’t always know, what you don’t know. That was the case at a Thai coal plant. When it started burning Indonesian subbituminous coal,…


Electric Transmission Grid Problems and Solutions
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Many of the electric transmission grids in service around the world were designed and built more than a half century ago. While changes and upgrades have obviously been made over…


Pandemic Brings Pause, but Future Looks Bright

The solar power industry has been hammered by the global lockdowns due to the coronavirus, but technology advancements that continue to lower costs point to a rapid recovery. The COVID-19…


How to Build an On-Time, On-Budget Nuclear Power Plant
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Building a new nuclear power plant is challenging. Nuclear construction projects always seem to be behind schedule and over budget. Even in the late 1960s and early 1970s—arguably nuclear power’s…


The Growing Strain of Power Sector Supply Chain Disruptions

Power sector supply chains, hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, are feeling the double whammy of uncertainty posed by a broad U.S. executive order. As was clear at the Federal…


South Korea Forays into Gas Turbine Manufacturing

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) this summer made major strides to establish itself at the core of South Korea’s strategy to become only the fifth country to own an independent…


POWER Digest [August 2020]

Utility Expects New Schedule for Olkiluoto 3 Reactor. Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) said it expects to soon receive the revised schedule from the Areva-Siemens consortium for the commissioning…


Oil and Gas Field Operations Increasingly Reliant on Renewable Power

More oil and gas companies are ditching diesel and natural gas generation for renewables to power field operations, a new study from IHS Markit suggests. The market research company said…


UK Banks on Energy Storage

The market for energy storage is growing quickly in the UK, with investment companies helping develop projects and noting it could help spur the power sector’s recovery from the coronavirus…


Supreme Court Revives Most Uses of NWP 12, Amid Uncertainty

In a one-paragraph, unsigned order issued July 6, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated most uses of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) for pipeline and…


Good Biomass: An Inside Look at Producing Sustainable Wood Pellets

As the world combats a health pandemic, it is simultaneously fighting a drawn-out battle with climate change. As the Paris agreement reaches its fifth year, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Japan,…


China Seeks Grid Parity for Renewable Energy

Developers of renewable energy projects in China are ramping up efforts to move their installations forward, after delays from the coronavirus pandemic slowed the government’s plan to have solar and…


Operational Ergonomics Key to Dominion Energy Control Room Upgrade

Dominion Energy, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is among the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. To help power its communities, Dominion Energy employs 16,200 people to operate its massive…


China’s Economic Recovery Will Be Powered by Coal
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Like many countries, China’s economy is recovering from the lockdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike many countries, China is using coal to do so. This is not the first…


License Renewals Could Modernize U.S. Nuclear; Supply Base Will Need to Keep Pace
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Nuclear power plants approaching license expiration are faced with three options: obtain initial license renewal to continue operations (nine U.S. units have not yet received an extension of their initial…


The Role of Virtual Power Plants in a Decentralized Power Grid

Virtual power plants are becoming a driving force in the power sector. This article explains how they enable utilities and aggregators to pool production from multiple plants and distributed sources,…


Equipment Showcase: Instrumentation and Control
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The power generation industry is constantly evolving, with advanced technologies becoming more ubiquitous in power plants. Along with this evolution, instrumentation and control equipment continues to be key to a…


Unlocking Big Value for Utility Piping Systems
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Up to 40% of a power plant’s piping is above-ground utility piping. Choosing the right joining method can help maximize efficiencies and have an outsized impact on overall project economics.…


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