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Power


Monthly Issue | October 1, 2009

CWP Grounding Clamps

ERICO has developed a range of CWP grounding clamps that are ideal for use in applications including lightning protection, fault current ground, signal reference grid, and static ground. The clamps…


Wind Power Converters

Independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of energy control and optimization solutions Woodward Governor Co. recently started production of its CONCYCLE wind power converters in the U.S. The electric power…


Small-Diameter Split Frame

E.H. Wach’s newly launched Small Diameter Split Frame (SDSF) is an externally mounted machine tool for cutting, beveling, and counterboring pipe from 0.84 inch to 4.5 inch diameter. Featuring a…


Water-Saving Liquid Ring Vacuum Pump

The design of Nash’s new ECO-FLO builds on the company’s previous liquid ring vacuum pump models. While it offers the same reliability, performance, and operating costs, the ECO-FLO reduces water…


Power Source for Quality Gas Welds

ESAB Welding & Cutting Products’ newly introduced CaddyTig 2200i AC/DC power source is designed to produce quality gas tungsten arc (TIG) and shielded metal arc (stick) welds in a variety…


Proper Valve Selection Reduces Downtime, Increases Process Efficiency

Proper valve sizing and selection saves facilities money by improving plant uptime and decreasing maintenance costs. One way to improve the selection of valves for a particular application is to…


DLR to Commercialize Technology from Solar Tower Demonstration

A solar thermal demonstration power plant in Jülich, Germany, that was developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), was formally handed over to its…


Africa Looks to Nuclear for Future Generation

Africa is emerging as a prominent voice in calling for a global nuclear renaissance. Driven by chronic shortages from population explosions, decades of drought, and dependence on hydropower — and…


Enel’s Fusina Hydrogen-Fueled Plant Goes Online

Italy’s Enel said in August that it has successfully begun operating a power plant in Fusina, near Venice, in the Veneto region of Italy, that is fueled 100% by hydrogen.…


Using the Sterling Engine for Solar and Lunar Power

Since Robert Stirling invented the Stirling engine in 1816, it has been used in an array of specialized applications. That trend continues today. Its compatibility with clean energy sources is…


PNNL Pioneers New Sulfur and Carbon Dioxide Scrubbing Liquid

A reusable organic liquid developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) or sulfur dioxide (SO2) from power plant emissions could…


Climate Change Litigation: Ripe for Growth?

For some time, the U.S. energy industry has feared the prospect of large-scale climate change litigation (CCL) that seeks to link emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) to global warming. Thus…


Rugged Belt Cleaner

Martin Engineering’s Performance Duty QC#1 Belt Cleaner (PDQC#1) is the latest addition to the company’s line of "Quick Change" belt cleaners. The PDQC #1 Cleaner features a more rugged steel…


Measuring Coal Pipe Flow

Once pulverized coal flows have been measured, they can be balanced and optimized. Until then, tuning is simply guesswork. The right way to balance furnace fuel flows is to establish…


Coal-Fired Generators Worried About Getting Burned

The expected renaissance for U.S. coal-fired generation has been more evolutionary than revolutionary: Less than half of the announced plants will likely progress to construction. However, the percentages for coal-fired…


Update: Benchmarking Boiler Tube Failures

Boiler tube failures continue to be the leading cause of downtime for steam power plants. Is your boiler tube failure reduction program showing improvement when compared to programs at peer…


Techniques for Determining Limestone Composition and Reactivity

Limestone composition and reactivity are critical factors that determine the performance of limestone-based wet flue gas desulfurization systems. Limestone quality affects sulfur dioxide (SO2) removal, reaction tank sizing, limestone consumption…


Map of Coal-Fired Generaton in North America


Top Plants: Seminole Generating Station, Palatka, Florida

Owner/operator: Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc. Complying with a corporate environmental policy requires much more than just writing a check for equipment upgrades. It takes a dedicated and knowledgeable staff that’s…


Top Plants: Rockport Power Plant, Rockport, Indiana

Owner/operator: American Electric Power Hard work was required at the 2,600-MW Rockport Plant to make improvements to equipment, materials, and processes. But that hard work has paid off: The plant’s…


Top Plants: Nebraska City Station Unit 2, Nebraska City, Nebraska

Owner/operator: Omaha Public Power District Omaha Public Power District commissioned Unit 2 at its Nebraska City Station in May of this year. The new 682-MW unit joins Unit 1, which…


Top Plants: Hutsonville Power Station, Crawford County, Illinois

Owner/operator: AmerenEnergy Generating Co. This plant’s staff proves that a can-do attitude and high productivity can be compatible with a safer workplace. The proactive approaches they used at the 162-MW…


Top Plants: Hirakud Power, Sambalpur, Orissa, India

Owner/operator: Hindalco Industries Ltd., a company of Adityabirla Group Hirakud Power uses environmentally friendly circulating fluidized bed (CFB) combustion technology to produce electricity for one of the world’s oldest aluminum-smelting…


Top Plants: Bull Run Fossil Plant, Clinton, Tennessee

Owner/operator: Tennessee Valley Authority When TVA’s Bull Run Fossil Plant was erected in the mid-1960s, it could boast of having the largest boiler in the U.S., and the plant has…


Feds Must Deliver on Climate Change Legislation

For several years there has been widespread doubt about Washington’s ability to move forward with a national program to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At various…


Ensure Your Valve Replacement Parts Meet OEM Specs

When high-temperature boiler feedwater passes through a control valve, the pressure drop can exceed several thousand pounds per square inch, placing extreme stress on the valve body and internal parts.…


POWER Digest (October 2009)

AltaRock Shelves The Geysers EGS Demonstration. AltaRock Energy, a California-based renewable energy company that in 2008 received up to $6 million in DOE funding to demonstrate an engineered geothermal systems…


The Big Two

In this column last month I quoted Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh to represent India’s intention to not agree to any legally binding emissions targets at the Copenhagen Climate Change…


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