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Monthly Issue | November 1, 2013

South Korea Ramps Up Nuclear Exports

After decades of developing indigenous nuclear reactor technology, South Korea in 2010 voiced ambitions that entail exporting 80 nuclear reactors by 2030. In 2009, the country saw its first major…


Natural Gas Is Ready Now to Power Emerging Markets

A few short years ago, our nation was scrambling to import natural gas from abroad, and an energy-secure America was little more than a pipe dream. Oh, the difference a…


Top Plant: Waterford 3 Steam Electric Station, Killona, Louisiana

Nuclear plant steam generator replacements are difficult in the best of circumstances. Entergy had to face component delays, staffing shortages, and even a hurricane while upgrading its Waterford 3 plant.…


V.C. Summer Nuclear Station Construction Update

The two new units at the V.C. Summer site in South Carolina are finally beginning to take physical shape and are scheduled to be online within the next four to…


POWER Digest November 2013

RusHydro Completes First Stage of New Far East Hydro Project. The RusHydro Group on Oct. 3 announced it had officially completed the first stage of the 570-MW Ust’-Srednekanskaya hydropower plant…


New Design Solves Scaling Problems on Geothermal Control Valves

Scaling is one of the most frequently occurring problems in geothermal power plants and can prohibit the control of well flow if it builds in the well or wellhead. At…


New Products (November 2013)

Scaffold- or Railing-Mounted LED Light Industrial lighting company Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new explosion-proof LED light designed for portable mounting to ladders, scaffolds, and railings for convenient…


Are All Your Eggs in One Basket?

As we announce Top Plant award winners in the nuclear category this month, the global nuclear power industry is at an unusual point in its history: mired in controversy and…


France to Fund Nuclear Reduction with Carbon Tax

Following the election of President Francois Hollande in 2012, France has engaged the public in a series of regional and web-based debates to pin down key tenets of its so-called…


Giant Wind Power Sockets Installed in the North Sea

A tremendous amount of offshore wind capacity—from 100 MW to 13,000 MW—is expected to play a major role in Germany’s transition to sourcing 80% of its power from renewables by…


First Megawatt-Scale Isothermal CAES Completion

SustainX in September completed construction of what it says is the world’s first megawatt-scale isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES) system. The system at the company’s headquarters in Seabrook, N.H.…


Study: Wind Power Curtailment More Cost-Efficient Than Storage

A new study from Stanford University suggests that, if the overall amounts of fuel and electricity required to build and operate energy storage technologies are factored in, grid-scale batteries make…


Beyond the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Renewable portfolio standards (RPSs) have been remarkably successful in boosting renewable generation, especially in the western U.S., where most states enjoy large areas of prime wind and solar potential (and,…


Top Plant: Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

Bringing four units back online and extending the life of four sister units has made the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station the largest operating nuclear plant in the world. The investments…


Top Plant: Turkey Point and St. Lucie Nuclear Plants, Florida

Adding nuclear capacity doesn’t require constructing a new plant. A few aging plants are in the process of retirement, but much of that capacity will be replaced with new plants…


South Korea Walks an Energy Tightrope

South Korea’s difficult power supply issues have been aggravated by an ongoing documentation scandal involving its essential nuclear plants, and the future of its economy depends upon efforts to balance…


Luminant Tests First Nuclear Industry Large-Scale Wireless Monitoring System

Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant is the site of a pilot program using a wireless, automated, remote diagnostic system to monitor generation-critical equipment. The early fault detection provided by such…


Why Your Power Plant Needs a Water Management Plan

Whether you are preparing for the impacts of future U.S. regulations, need to minimize your water-related plant costs, or want to develop more sustainable practices, a water management plan can…


Reducing Bottom Ash Dewatering System Maintenance

Keeping equipment clean and reliable is the responsibility of a plant’s O&M staff, but sometimes you have to change processes to avoid unnecessary work. Here’s how one plant found a…


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