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Monthly Issue | September 1, 2011

The Fukushima Fallout: Six Months After the Nuclear Crisis

Much has transpired during the nearly six months following the Great East Japan Earthquake—a 3-minute, magnitude 9.0 temblor that generated a series of tsunami waves as tall as 38.9 meters…


BIG PICTURE: Lights Out (Web Supplement)

Heat waves, droughts, and other weather and climate phenomena; economic woes; aging or inadequate infrastructure; fuel shortages. These are some of the most obvious causes that have led to record…


Advancing America’s Nuclear Infrastructure

It is fair to say that 2011 is bringing some uncertainty into the nuclear energy industry. The tsunami and subsequent events at Fukushima present Japan and our industry with new…


Equipment Line for Industrial Gas Applications

Air Liquide America Specialty Gases equipment group recently announced the introduction of a comprehensive line of “industrial grade” equipment for use with gases commonly used in welding, cutting, and other…


Glycol Pumps for Gas Dehydration

Cat Pumps launched a new series of glycol pumps developed to supply triethylene glycol for natural gas dehydration systems. System reliability, especially of the pump, is essential to minimize production…


Close-Coupled Pumps for Low-Flow Applications

Moyno introduced the Moyno 2000 WA and WB close-coupled pumps designed for lower-pressure, lower-flow applications that do not require the full features and benefits of the Moyno 2000 GI pump.…


Who Pays for Firming Up Variable Energy Resources?

The major economic hurdle for renewable power generation technologies continues to be substantial installation costs. But another cost is associated with continuous load-balancing, made possible by backstopping that variable generation…


Best Practices for Natural Gas Line Cleaning

As barriers to new coal-fired generation expand and enthusiasm for nuclear plants wanes, the commissioning of natural gas–fired plants promises to increase. However, gas plants pose hazards, too. An explosion…


The New Water Lab

Recent advances in water laboratory instrumentation—from improved sample conditioning to advanced online instruments—have reached the market. Here’s a look at the equipment you’ll find in the best-equipped power plant laboratory…


Global Gas Glut

Marcellus Shale gas has increased recoverable natural gas reserves in the U.S. by about a third over estimates prepared a few years ago. Europe is also exploring shale gas as…


Top Plant: Montoir-de-Bretagne Combined Cycle Plant, Montoir-de-Bretagne, France

Courtesy: GE Energy Owner/operator: GDF SUEZ The 435-MW Montoir-de-Bretagne gas-fired power plant is ramping up Gallic generation in the Loire-Atlantique region of western France. The plant’s innovative natural gas combined…


Top Plant: Irsching 4 Combined Cycle Power Plant, Irsching, Bavaria, Germany

Courtesy: Siemens Energy Owner/operator: E.ON The Irsching 4 Combined Cycle Power Plant has set a new world record in power plant efficiency with its new SGT5-8000H gas turbine. With an…


Top Plant: Emirates Aluminum Smelter Complex (EMAL), Al-Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Courtesy: SNC Lavalin Owners/operators: Mubadala Development Co. and Dubai Aluminum The new 2,100-MW Phase 1 EMAL combined cycle power plant provides dedicated power with a high level of reliability to…


Top Plant: Astoria II Combined Cycle Plant, Queens, New York

Owner/operator: Astoria Energy LLC Managing construction of the 550-MW Astoria II Combined Cycle Plant in the midst of Queens, a densely packed New York City borough, required extensive off-site modular…


Top Plant: Arvah B. Hopkins Generating Station, Unit 2, Tallahassee, Florida

Courtesy: City of Tallahassee Owner/operator: City of Tallahassee, Florida Known for its progressive, pro-sustainability policies, the City of Tallahassee recently repowered a 30-year-old conventional steam plant unit, turning it into…


Top Plant: Adapazari Power Plant, Adapazari, Sakarya Province, Turkey

Owner/operator: ENKA Power In 2010, the 2,310-MW Adapazari Power Plant achieved 99.8% availability, which is nearly 7% higher than the industry average and a global record in F-class gas turbine…


Critics Get Crossways with New Cross-State Air Rule

From the East Coast to the Lone Star State, a number of elected officials and power industry representatives are bashing the new aggressive regulation aimed at controlling specific power plant…


NERC CIPS Update: The Advantages of an Integrated Factory Acceptance Test

When adding, modifying, or upgrading a system, many critical infrastructures conduct a factory acceptance test (FAT). A FAT includes a customized testing procedure for systems and is completed before the…


Advanced Coatings Protect Plant FGD Systems

Now that many flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems are reaching middle age, corrosion repairs of structural and process vessels are becoming more common. Corrosion is caused by condensates of acids…


POWER Digest (September 2011)

Australia Pursues Carbon Tax. Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard on July 10 laid out an ambitious plan to cut national greenhouse gas emissions by 5% of 2000 levels by 2020…


Novel Nanotube Applications for Power Generation

As it does for sectors such as global defense and transportation, nanotube technology holds great promise for the energy sector—and, in particular, for power generation. This July, researchers from the…


Commercial Oscillating Water Column Marine Power Plant Commissioned

One of the world’s first breakwater wave power stations was commissioned this July by Ente Vasco de Energia (EVE), an energy agency in the northern Basque region of Spain. The…


Spanish Power Tower Supplies 24 Hours of Electricity

In Spain this June, a new 19.9-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) tower in Fuentes de Andalucía, Seville, reached the unprecedented milestone of storing thermal energy to its fullest capacity and…


India’s Indigenous Nuclear Program Advances While U.S.-India Trade Stalls

Since a landmark 2008 deal that lifted global sanctions and allowed countries to conduct nuclear trade with India, the nation struggling to keep up with domestic power demand has signed…


Explosion Devastates Major Cypriot Power Plant

A brush fire that spread and detonated explosives stored at the Evangelos Florakis naval base in Mari on the southern coast of Cyprus on July 11 killed 13 people, injured…


China Begins Operation of Experimental Fast Reactor

China in July flicked on its experimental fast reactor—the first built in the nation, and the first of many more to come. The China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR), whose development…


THE BIG PICTURE: Lights Out

Heat waves, droughts, and other weather and climate phenomena; economic woes; aging or inadequate infrastructure; fuel shortages. These are some of the most obvious causes that have led to record…


Chart a New Course

I examined the magnitude of electricity subsidies for renewables compared with conventional generation technologies in my May 2011 editorial, based on data from a 2008 report prepared by the U.S.…


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