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Power


Monthly Issue | December 1, 2009

Belgium, Germany Edge Toward Nuclear Future

A host of European countries have recently made concessions on long-standing nuclear policies. In February this year, for example, Sweden proposed to lift a nearly 30-year-old ban on nuclear power…


Portable Combustion Analyzer

The updated E2200 Portable Combustion Analyzer from E Instruments is an all-in-one unit for boiler, burner, engine, turbine, furnace, and other combustion applications. Precalibrated and field-replaceable sensors allow for easy…


Scavenger Conveyor System

Martin Engineering introduced the Carryback Capture System, a scavenger conveyor system that transfers belt-cleaning residue back into the material stream, avoiding cleanup labor, injury potential, and dust hazards associated with…


Automated Tube Bundle Water Jet System

The ATL-5000 — a new, fully automated water jet system from NLB Corp. — cleans tube bundles three times faster than manual methods and features an adjustable lance stroke that…


Halar-Lined Chimney Remains Maintenance-Free

A fiberglass-reinforced plastic FRP/Halar stack liner was installed at Vattenfall’s 300-MW Unit 2 at the Nordjylland Power Station in 1995. The 112-meter-high (367-ft) stack, protected from corrosion by the ECTFE…


POWER Digest (December 2009)

News items of interest to power industry professionals. Wärtsilä Wins Contract for Italian Biofuel Power Plant. Wärtsilä said on Oct. 21 that it had been contracted to supply the engineering…


New-Generation Gas Turbines Steam Ahead

This September, as Siemens Energy wrapped up testing of its H-class SGT5-8000H gas turbine at E.ON’s Irsching 4 gas power plant in Bavaria, Germany, the company raved about what it…


Power Politics: Enron Lives!

As director of public policy analysis in my last seven years at Enron, I participated in many legislative and regulatory debates involving electricity, although the public policy thrust of the…


End-Prep Machine Tool

The new Wachs EP 424 with the new Speed Prep feed system is a precision I.D.-mount end-prep machine tool designed to bevel, compound-bevel, J-prep, face, and counterbore pipe, fittings, and…


Assessing the Earthquake Risk of Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) deliberately induce seismicity — earthquakes — in order to access hot, subsurface rocks for use in geothermal power generation. Recent quakes around the world have frightened…


The Power of Light: U.S. Solar Energy Trends

For decades, the solar energy industry has struggled to become cost-competitive with other sources of power generation. Recent technology innovations and creative ways of installing solar generation are beginning to…


Map of Renewable Generation in North America

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Top Plants: Rio Bravo Rocklin Power Station, Lincoln, California

Owners: Constellation Energy and North American Power Group Ltd. Operator: Constellation Operating Services Inc. By 2008, the 19-year-old wood-fired Rio Bravo Rocklin Power Station’s operating performance had been significantly degraded…


Top Plants: Hywind Floating Wind Turbine, North Sea, Norway

Owner: StatoilHydro Operator: Siemens Wind Power In June, the 2.3-MW Hywind facility, the world’s first large-scale floating wind turbine, was towed to a North Sea location with a water depth…


Top Plants: Harrisburg Resource Recovery Facility, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Owner: The Harrisburg Authority Operator: Covanta Harrisburg Inc. After decades of struggling with serious air contamination issues and large financial losses, this Pennsylvania waste-to-energy facility, which was built in 1972,…


Top Plants: Fowler Ridge Wind Farm, Benton County, Indiana

Owners and Operators: Dominion and BP Wind Energy The tractors and combines on Indiana’s farms are getting some competition from a new harvesting technology — powerful turbines that harvest wind.…


Top Plants: El Dorado Energy’s Solar Facility, Boulder City, Nevada

Owner: Sempra Generation Operator: First Solar Inc. Sempra Generation has conjured up a market plan for producing merchant photovoltaic (PV) power that is inspired. Working with First Solar, Sempra has…


Top Plants: Edison Sault Hydroelectric Plant Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Owner and operator: Edison Sault Electric Co. Located on the border with Canada and operational since 1902, the Edison Sault Hydroelectric Plant is one of the oldest continuously operating power…


A Flood of Climate Change Tort Cases

On October 16, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a lawsuit filed by residents along the Mississippi Gulf coast against several corporations in the energy, fossil fuels, and chemicals…


Rebuilding Feedwater Heaters While a Plant Is Online

Rebuilding aged feedwater heaters can make better economic sense than buying new ones, because rebuilding reduces capital cost and plant outage expenses. At one Texas generating station, rebuilding saved one-third…


NRC Concerns About AP1000 Structural Strength Could Delay Projects

Concerns raised by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about the structural strength of Westinghouse Electric Co.’s AP1000 reactor could cause delays for several nuclear plants that planned to use…


What Is BACT for CO2?

Assume, for the moment, that the U.S. Congress is unable to agree on legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions from industry, vehicles, and power plants (the carrot approach). Further, assume…


Despite Economic Downturn, Renewable Energy Development Expected to Move Forward

While the overall economy is down, the effort to add renewable energy resources in the U.S. continues to push project development forward. For renewables, the lowlight of 2008 was certainly…


Ocean Power Prototypes Coast Ahead in the UK

Marine energy prototypes in the UK are sailing ahead of entries from the rest of the world, propelled by government backing and public support. According to a recent analysis from…


Coal Seam Gas Poised to Explode in Australia

Anglo Coal, one of Australia’s coal mining companies this September opened a 45.6-MW power plant at its Moranbah North mine in northeast Queensland that captures methane-rich coal mine gas and…


Largest Wind Turbine to Be Built in the UK

A £4.4 million grant by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) this September to Clipper Windpower’s Britannia project kicked up a whirlwind of interest in the supersized…


Argentina to Begin Commercial Operation of New Nuke by 2010

Argentina has set out to complete Atucha II, a nuclear reactor it started building in 1981 and abandoned when it was 81% complete, owing to financial problems. If all goes…


The Future of Geothermal

Steam and water heated by Earth’s crust have long been used for cooking and bathing, but it was not until the early 20th century that geothermal energy was harnessed for…


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