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Power


Monthly Issue | November 1, 2022

A Half-Century of Reliability: Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant

Baltimore Gas & Electric set out to build the 1.8-GW Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in 1967 because fossil energy was becoming expensive and controversial. Over its nearly 50 years…


New Units at Hongyanhe Further China’s Nuclear Ambition

An innovative design, emphasizing safety and economic efficiency, is key to the reactor technology at China’s newest—and now largest—nuclear power plant. China’s nuclear power program has utilized several technologies over…


Idiot or Maniac: Where Does Your Power Company Fit in the Discussion?

It’s kind of exciting to be able to write that events are back in full swing. In case you missed it, POWER hosted the co-located Experience POWER, Distributed Energy Conference,…


History of Power: Dominion Energy’s Fluid Transition

A company that has corporate roots that go back to the Colonial era, Dominion Energy has been shaped by acquisitions and market forces. It is now in the midst of…


Mini-Grids Powering Energy Access in Africa

Governments and power generators continue to work to improve access to electricity on the African continent. Engie Energy Access, a subsidiary of French energy major Engie, recently signed a $60…


China Approves Commissioning of Thorium-Powered Reactor

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment on Aug. 2 gave Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) the green light to commission the experimental 2-MWth thorium-based molten salt reactor (TMSR-LF1) at…


Why Sulfur Oxides Are Bad and How Flue Gas Desulfurization Technology Works
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Sulfur oxides (SOx) have several harmful effects both to the environment, and to human and animal health. Much of the SOx in the atmosphere comes from the burning of fossil…


Storage-as-Transmission Project Announced for Germany

A project known as Netzbooster, or Grid Booster, is being deployed in Germany, designed to improve the efficiency of the country’s existing power grid infrastructure. Fluence Energy GmbH, a subsidiary…


European Energy Crisis Prompts Utility Takeovers in Germany, France

With winter fast approaching, and the dreaded effects of extreme natural gas price levels and volatility looming, together with unprecedented uncertainty of fuel supply, governments in Germany and France have…


POWER Digest [November 2022]

JX Nippon Acquires NRG’s Share of Petra Nova Carbon Capture Plant for $3.6 Million ENEOS Group, a Japanese energy and non-ferrous metals business group that owns JX Nippon Oil and…


Marnie Surfaceblow: Things Change—Pay Attention to the Details

A change in fuel can lead to several other changes in a power plant. Change can be good, except when it’s not. Operators and engineers must be alert to both…


Gas Engine Reliability: Understanding Engine Oil Consumption

This paper explains the mechanisms that affect lubricating oil consumption in stationary gas engines. It explains the positive and negative consequences of oil consumption. It discusses the importance of considering…


The Future of Sustainable Energy Production Hinges on Hydrogen

A major lesson from the global energy price crisis has been the value of having a diversity of supplies—not relying on a small number of (sometimes unreliable or politically controlled)…


In-Service Testing of Pressure Relief Valves

Pressure relief valves (PRVs) are a critical line of defense for pressure vessel protection in the power industry. Generating facilities worldwide depend upon these devices to sense and quickly relieve…


Effectively Manage Assets to Increase Uptime and Cut Maintenance Costs

Advanced analytics solutions empower utilities to predict asset failures before they happen so they can progress from reactive to proactive maintenance. As the digital transformation of the power industry continues…


Powering Resilience: How to Design Microgrids that Prepare for the Unexpected

Microgrids offer an ideal solution to counter the risk of weather-related power disruption by bolstering operational resilience, reducing dependence on local utilities, and lowering energy costs. However, the functionality of…


The Reasons Behind the Strong Support for Renewable Wood Energy

President Biden recently laid out a detailed plan to strengthen America’s forests. Renewable wood energy—that is, biomass energy produced from wood that is not suitable for higher-value products—is an important…


Using Advanced Energy Management Controls to Decarbonize Commercial Buildings

The concept of decarbonization typically calls attention to the energy sources or inefficient systems that drive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions upward—in order to decarbonize, we must reduce our usage of,…


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