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Monthly Issue | December 1, 2010

While Congress Bickers, Solar Industry Holds Its Breath

Energy is the most regulated sector of the American economy, making public-private partnerships essential to scaling the solar industry. Such partnerships have helped other energy sectors to reach scale over…


Total Biogas Package

German company MWM introduced the new MWM container, which it says is a highly efficient and economic distributed generation system designed for natural gas and biogas applications. The package, which…


Updated Tube Expansion System

An updated HydroSwage Tube Expansion System featuring new ease-of-use and data collection features is being offered by Haskel International. The compact Mark V system provides high accuracy, speed, and repeatability…


Bolt Load and Elongation Measuring Device

Boltight has developed a fast and accurate device for measuring bolt load and bolt elongation that uses the latest ultrasonic technology. Called the Boltight Echometer, the device is used for…


Extended Control Valve Range

Spirax Sarco released a new control valve range, SPIRA-TROL, in 6- and 8-inch sizes and with more control options. The company says the valves are easy to maintain and do…


Containment Bags for Safe Transformer Transport

New Pig Corp. recently introduced PIG Transformer Containment Bags, carriers designed exclusively for the safe transport of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mineral oils. The bags feature high-capacity straps to ensure…


Mixers for IBC and Tote Applications

Neptune Mixer Co., a division of Neptune Chemical Pump Co., announced that its Series HGL mixers are now available in both electric and air-driven models. The Series HGL mixers are…


Shaft-Grounding Ring for Wind Turbines

Electro Static Technology’s AEGIS WTG wind turbine grounding ring seeks to prevent bearing damage that could otherwise cause generator failure by safely channeling harmful shaft currents away from bearings to…


The Rush to Renewables

In 2010 investment in wind power continued to accelerate, particularly in California and Texas. California also entered several solar projects in the race for financing. The finish line that renewable…


A Winning Combination: Government and Utilities Partner on Renewable Energy Projects

Recent mandates require government facilities to develop energy policies that enable energy conservation, increase the use of renewable energy, and improve energy security. Utilities with government facilities in their service…


New Design Tool Improves Manufacture of Composite Wind Turbine Blades

Composite materials are ideal for producing wind turbine blades because of their strength, light weight, and ability to be tailored to provide the precise mechanical properties needed for any blade…


Could CAES Answer Wind Reliability Concerns?

As wind and solar energy capacity in the U.S. continues to grow, compressed air energy storage (CAES) and other bulk energy storage technologies will increasingly be used to help balance…


Investigating the Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydro Power Plant Disaster

The destruction of the turbines and auxiliary equipment at Russia’s Sayano-Shushenskaya Hydro Power Plant in August 2009 claimed the lives of 75 workers and wrecked an indispensable source of electricity…


Map of Renewable Power Generation in the United States

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Top Plant: Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, Isle of Thanet, UK

Owner/operator: Vattenfall Wind Power In September, the 300-MW Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, the world’s largest offshore wind energy facility, began operation off the southeastern coast of England. The wind farm…


Top Plant: Kaukaan Voima Oy Biomass-Fired Power Plant, Lappeenranta, Finland

Owner/operator: Pohjolan Voima Oy, Lappeenrannan Energia, and UPM Kymmene Corp. Located in the heavily forested country of Finland, the Kaukaan Voima biomass-fueled power plant produces process steam and electricity for…


Top Plant: Kajang Waste-to-Energy Plant, Semenyih, Malaysia

Owner/operator: Core Competencies Sdn Bhd/Recycle Energy Sdn Bhd At Malaysia’s first waste-to-energy plant, municipal solid waste (MSW) is converted into refuse-derived fuel for use in an integrated steam power plant.…


Top Plant: DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, DeSoto County, Florida

Owner/operator: Florida Power & Light The forecast is looking sunny for the 25-MW DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, which has more than 90,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels and is the…


Top Plant: Colmac Energy Inc.’s Biomass- Fueled Power Plant, Mecca, California

Owner/operator: American Consumer Industries Inc. The 47-MW Colmac Energy facility is the largest biomass-fueled power plant in California. Colmac operates with a capacity factor consistently in the 92% to 95%…


Top Plant: Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant, Humboldt County, Nevada

Owner/operator: Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. Completed in 2009 and partially funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the 50-MW Blue Mountain Faulkner 1 Geothermal Power Plant is harnessing large…


Regulatory Options for Feed-in Tariffs

Feed-in tariffs (FITs) have been used by European countries to foster the growth of renewable generation resources, notably solar. These tariffs generally require electric distribution companies to purchase power produced…


Expanding the Use of Predictive Maintenance as a Business Strategy

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company operating in more than 100 countries. It’s no surprise that the company uses a variety of advanced monitoring techniques and…


Keeping Condensers Clean

The quality of the cooling water intake and the amount of debris in that water affects the operation and performance of the condenser and therefore the thermal performance of the…


Finding Fault: Improving Wind Farm Availability

Survey wind turbine manufacturers about how to calculate wind farm availability and you will get countless different definitions and exceptions to the rule. “There is a discrepancy between the ways…


POWER Digest (December 2010)

Iberdrola Renovables Starts Up National Wind Turbine Control Center. Iberdrola Renovables, a company that owns 41 operating wind farms (3,900 MW in nameplate capacity) in the U.S., on Sept. 26…


How the U.S. Grid’s Unpredictability Increases Its Security

Experts have decried congressional and academic reliance on a mathematical model for understanding complex systems that suggests an attack on a small part of the U.S. power grid could disrupt…


Massive Energy Storage Facility Planned for Mexico-U.S. Border

Dubai-based energy firm Rubenius in October proposed to build a $4 billion energy storage facility based on sodium sulfur (NaS) technology on a 345-acre site in the Mexican state of…


UK Cancels Tidal Barrage Plans, Approves Key Nuclear Sites

The UK government in late October shelved plans to build the Severn barrage—a project that would have involved building a 10-mile dam across the mouth of the Severn River—after a…


GE Launches 9.5-MW Engine for Distributed Generation

A 9.5-MW gas engine unveiled by GE this October for decentralized, independent power producers in remote, hot, or high-altitude regions features a 48.7% electrical efficiency and promises to reduce lifecycle…


MIT Researchers Invent Self-Renewing PV Technology

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have a created a set of self-assembling molecules that can turn sunlight into power, and which can repeatedly be broken down and…


Turkey Opens Record-Breaking Combustion Gas Engine Plant

Turkey, a country that has seen rapid economic growth since the 1980s, largely spurred by a shift in governmental strategy to open up markets and increase private participation, has been…


Spain Makes Headway in CCS Efforts

A 14-MW pilot plant built by energy firm ELCOGAS at its 335-MW integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) facility at Puertollano in Spain in September captured its first metric ton of carbon…


Wind Energy Soars Around the World

Denmark put into operation its 12th offshore wind farm this October. The €440 million Rødsand 2 wind farm, a 90-turbine installation with a nameplate capacity of 207 MW, was erected…


Three Questions About Renewable Energy

Renewable energy advocates hailed recent poll results as unquestionably demonstrating the public’s support of renewable energy resources. However, answers to follow-up questions showed that the public’s willingness to pay for…


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