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Power


Monthly Issue | November 1, 2012

Seismic Instrumentation at Nuclear Power Plants

When a nuclear power plant experiences ground motion due to an earthquake, an evaluation may be needed before allowing the plant to continue operating or to resume operating if it…


POWER Digest (November 2012)

Global Companies Take on Nigeria’s Newly Privatized Plants. Nigeria’s $1 billion liquidation of five government-owned thermal and hydropower generation companies—part of a wider privatization effort that includes transmission and distribution…


After Blackouts, India Plans Reforms

The back-to-back collapse at the end of July of India’s Northern, Eastern, and Northeastern grids that slashed power to more than 60% of India’s population of 1.24 billion has impelled…


France Considers Departure from Iconic Stance on Nuclear Energy

No other country has been as frequently cited as an example of exploiting the virtues of a nuclear-heavy energy policy as France. Deriving more than 75% of its electricity from…


Economic Meltdown

The bill for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government’s knee-jerk decision to close all 17 of its nuclear plants by 2022 is coming due. Merkel’s energy plan is to radically…


Research Center Dedicated to Power Plant Water Use Opens

The Electric Power Research Institute and several partners—including the Southern Research Institute, Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power, and Southern Research—are testing a new technology that could reduce the amount of…


Progress for Germany’s Power-to-Gas Drive

Germany’s E.ON this August began construction of a new pilot plant in Falkenhagen in northeast Germany that will convert excess wind energy into synthetic natural gas that can then be…


Too Dumb to Meter, Part 5

As the book title Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends, and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy implies, nuclear power has traveled a rough road. In…


THE BIG PICTURE: Water-Cooled Reactors

A “who’s doing what” addendum to "THE BIG PICTURE: Advanced Fission" in our November 2012 issue. Canada: Federal review continues of the 700-MW Enhanced CANDU-6 design; Candu Energy continues development…


Combination Cutting Torch

ESAB introduced a new, improved line of combination cutting torches as part of the new Purox Elite Series of gas apparatus products. The Purox Elite Series Combination Torch includes the…


Improved Thermal Images

Measurement technology specialist Testo announced the new Testo 875i thermal imager, a professional quality and versatile thermal imager with very high thermal sensitivity, outstanding image quality, and simplified ease of…


Dust-Repelling Coating for Solar Thermal Mirrors

Germany-based solar mirror maker Flabeg has developed an anti-soiling coating for solar mirrors used in solar thermal power plant applications, duraGLARE, which can repel dust and sand from the surface…


Spent Fuel Multi-Monitor System

The new 1E-qualified CL86 Plus Spent Fuel Pool Multi-Monitor System from Fluid Components International (FCI) integrates three critical measurements: continuous level, point level, and temperature into a multi-variable solution designed…


Vertical Nuclear Waste Cask Transporter

Intelliport Corp.’s newly introduced self-loading OmniLoader can safely and efficiently move nuclear spent fuel using proven fluid suspension technology. Licensed to Wheelift Systems, the vertical cask transporter is a self-loading…


THE BIG PICTURE: Advanced Fission


Preparing for the EPA’s Cooling Water Rule

With the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) issuance of a final rule regulating cooling water intake structures at existing facilities potentially less than a year away, facilities should be…


Portable Milling Machine for Linear and Gantry Milling

The Climax LM5200 and LM6200 portable milling machines are designed with a split rail system to easily perform both linear and gantry milling with a minimum of changeovers. A rigid,…


The Evolution of Steam Attemperation

The fundamental design principles and process for modern steam desuperheating, or the attemperation of superheated steam in the power generation industry, have been evolving since the early 1930s. Meeting the…


Hazy Timetable for EPA’s Proposed Tighter PM2.5 Standards

On June 15, in response to a court order, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new lower limits on particulate matter (PM) emissions that are scheduled for release in…


Potential Impacts of Closed-Cycle Cooling Retrofits at U.S. Power Plants

The Clean Water Act Section 316(b) rule changes regarding cooling water intake structures that are expected next year could affect up to 428 power plants, representing 1,156 individual units, according…


Post-Fukushima Nuclear Power Development in China

China regards nuclear energy as a critical part of its strategic goal of achieving sustainable economic development while reducing environmental pollution. An analysis by North China Electric Power University predicts…


What Worldwide Nuclear Growth Slowdown?

Data detailing plans for new nuclear reactors worldwide show few effects of the March 2011 Fukushima accident. China and Russia in particular continue to be hot spots for nuclear development,…


Dominion’s North Anna Station Sets New Standard for Earthquake Response

On August 23, 2011, at 1:51 p.m., a magnitude 5.8 earthquake knocked both units at Dominion’s North Anna Power Station off-line—the first time such an event has occurred in the…


Top Plant: Oconee Nuclear Station, Seneca, South Carolina

Owner/operator: Duke Energy With license extensions for its three units in hand, Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station began a digital controls upgrade program in 2006, and in January 2010, AREVA…


Top Plant: North Anna Power Station, Louisa County, Virginia

Majority owner/operator: Dominion Virginia Power In 2007, Dominion Resources contracted Alstom to perform steam turbine retrofits on two generating units at its North Anna nuclear power station. The Unit 1…


EPA’s Title V Source Policy Takes a Hit

Location, location, location. This has long been the guiding principle for selling real estate. Now, due to a recent appellate case, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has learned this…


Measuring On-Time Completion to Improve Your EHS Audit Program

Many companies have difficulty ensuring that issues identified during their environmental, health, and safety (EHS) audits get resolved in a timely fashion. This can be particularly difficult in the utility…


Maximizing Steam Turbine/Compressor Performance with Precise Torque Monitoring at the Coupling

All turbo machinery is subject to degradation that, over time, will affect the system’s efficiency and operational performance. Precise monitoring of turbo machinery performance with continuous torque-monitoring systems can be…


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