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Monthly Issue | September 1, 2012

Fuel Diversity Is Critical in Industry Transition

Success in life and business is all about seizing the right opportunities at the right time. Opportunities abound today in the electric utility business. Our industry is in the midst…


Compact Pump Series

Thompson Pump’s new Compact pump series has all the benefits of the popular Thompson Pump JSC series but is lighter, has fewer parts, needs less maintenance, and has a lower…


TOP PLANTS: John Sevier Combined Cycle Project, Rogersville, Tennessee

Courtesy: TVA The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is known for its large fleet of coal-fired plants. With TVA’s renewed emphasis on nuclear power and gas-fired generation, the organization will soon…


TOP PLANTS: University of Iowa Research Park Tri-Generation Power Plant, Iowa City, Iowa

Courtesy: Stanley Consultants As part of the University of Iowa Research Park’s efforts to promote renewable energy use, the new campus power plant’s engine generators are designed to operate primarily…


Multichannel Transmitter Models

Endress+Hauser introduced the Liquiline CM44 Series, multichannel transmitter models for monitoring and controlling processes in water, wastewater, chemical, power, and other industries. CM44 models accept inputs from up to eight…


TOP PLANTS: LCEC Generation Plant, Lovington, New Mexico

Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell Faced with the need to begin generating its own power after decades of relying on larger regional suppliers, and impending renewable portfolio standard requirements, the Lea…


TOP PLANTS: Lodi Energy Center, Lodi, California

Courtesy: Siemens Energy Set to begin commercial operation on Sept. 17, 2012, the 280-MW Lodi Energy Center is the first “fast-start” combined cycle power plant in the U.S. The advantages…


Towers Improve Aim of Dust-Suppression Equipment

Dust Control Technology launched a family of tower mounts for the company’s atomized misting equipment, which extends droplet hang time and range while providing more precise aiming capability during slag-handling,…


Water and Power: Will Your Next Power Plant Make Both?

In much of the developing world, two essentials are often in short supply: potable water and reliable electricity. Some countries have invested heavily in desalination and combined cycle technologies to…


Chile’s Power Challenge: Reliable Energy Supplies

Thermal spring deposit at Hot Rock’s Calerias project. Courtesy: Hot Rock Droughts, unreliable gas imports, and protests against proposed projects have hampered the Chilean power sector and its largest economic…


O&M and Human Stresses Caused by Low Gas Prices

Plentiful supplies of low-cost natural gas have changed unit dispatch orders across the U.S., led to thermal stress–induced maintenance issues at cycling coal plants, and resulted in management challenges at…


Partners in Reliability: Gas and Electricity

The natural gas and electricity industries have entered into an increasingly codependent relationship as coal-fired electricity gives way to natural gas–fired generation. Both industries are firmly committed to providing reliable…


Water Conservation Options for Power Generation Facilities

The electric power industry is a large water user and is dependent upon reliable water supplies. Adopting new water-conserving technologies for power production can help alleviate the impact of future…


Where More Is Not Merrier: The Battle Between Wind and Water in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is endowed with some of the best water resources in the U.S. The steep gradient of the Columbia River and numerous dams across its tributaries provide an…


Too Dumb to Meter, Part 4

What Friendly Atom? By 1952, when the Republicans under Eisenhower recaptured the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, civilian control of nuclear energy—at least on paper—was well…


Perception Is Not a Science

Is your summer warmer than normal, or did your winter seem colder than in the past? We may perceive changes in weather patterns and draw conclusions, but personal experience is…


THE BIG PICTURE: A Big Switch

The widespread transition from coal to natural gas for new generation is exemplified by the morphing fleets of some of the biggest U.S. generators. Figures show the amount of power…


Three Gorges Dam Completed Amid Technical Victories, Controversy

China in early July installed the 32nd and final turbine of its mammoth Three Gorges Dam, virtually completing the controversial 1994-initiated hydropower project on the middle reaches of the Yangtze…


EU Ruling Slackens Poland’s Coal Power Expansion Ambitions

Poland, a country that currently depends on coal power for nearly 85% of its electricity and plans to build another 11,300 MW of new coal-fired capacity by 2020, suffered a…


Solar-Hybrid Mini-Grid Lights Up Brazilian Island

An innovative mini-grid in April turned on the lights for about 250 residents living in Ilha Grande, a tiny island on the northwest coast of Maranhão State in northeastern Brazil.…


Sumitomo Introduces Battery System

Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Industries in July began operation of a new power generation and megawatt-class storage system at its Yokohama Works site. The system uses one of the world’s largest…


Major Projects Commissioned in the U.S., Kuwait, and India

Several major power plants around the world began operations over the past months. Dominion Virginia began commercial operation of its $1.8 billion coal- and biomass-fired Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center…


POWER Digest (September 2012)

Belgian Cabinet Votes to Prolong Tihange 1 Reactor Life. Belgium’s cabinet in early July approved plans by GDF Suez subsidiary Electrabel to keep the 1975-built Tihange 1 reactor operating until…


Design and Testing of a Water Treatment and ZLD System

POWER has reported on zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technology (see, for example, “Fundamentals of Zero Liquid Discharge Systems,” Oct. 2011, available at https://www.powermag.com) and has discussed the industry’s operating experience…


Daylight Saving: Energy Policy or Placebo?

In December 1973, President Richard Nixon explained to the American people his administration’s critical initiative to confront the “energy crisis” du jour (precipitated by the 1973–74 Arab oil embargo): “Many…


TOP PLANTS: Claus C Combined Cycle Power Plant, Massbracht, Limburg Province, Netherlands

The 1,309-MW Claus C power plant showcases the successful repowering of an existing steam power plant by upgrading it and adding a highly efficient combined cycle plant that doubles the…


TOP PLANTS: Enecogen Power Station, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Courtesy: Enecogen The Dutch utility Eneco and the Danish energy group DONG Energy recently collaborated in building the 870-MW Enecogen Power Station that has a thermal efficiency above 59% and…


TOP PLANTS: Glow Phase 5 Combined Cycle/Cogeneration Project, Rayong, Thailand

Courtesy: Black & Veatch Glow Energy’s 382-MW Glow Phase 5 power plant in Thailand exceeded early expectations by packing into a tightly constrained space more capacity than anyone thought possible.…


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