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Power


Monthly Issue | December 1, 2011

Wind Energy: Dealing with Intermittency Challenges

The wind power industry has exploded over the past decade. In the U.S. alone, almost 40,000 MW of wind power have come online since 2000. As more wind generation has…


Interactive Virtual Training Content Software

Advanced graphical interface technology provider DiSTI Corp. unveiled Replic8, a new software tool to effortlessly create interactive virtual training content from Autodesk’s 3D Studio Max. Replic8 allows users to easily…


Industrial-Strength Pressure Sensing

Ashcroft A2, A2X, and A4 pressure transmitters answer the call for an accurate, rugged, and reliable heavy-duty sensor. Available in accuracies up to +/-0.25% full scale, the A2 is offered…


Electric Wire Rope Hoists

Harrington Hoists launched the RHN Series, a new line of electric wire rope hoists, offered in two configurations: the deck/base-mounted hoist in 2–20 metric tons and ultra-low-headroom trolley hoist in…


Eco-Friendly Absorbent Pads

Oil Eater Naturals is a new line of eco-friendly absorbent pads made of natural plant by-products. Featuring woven construction, the pads are designed to provide a safer and cleaner workplace…


Spacer Cable Systems

Hendrix Wire & Cable, a provider of overhead and underground power distribution products, introduced its Spacer Cable Systems, a “green” solution for overhead distribution circuits. Because Spacer Cable is more…


Ultrasonic Flow Meters

Sierra Instruments has introduced a new lineup of its popular transit-time ultrasonic flow meters, which now include improved next-generation Innova-Sonic 203, 205i, and portable 210i models. The Innova-Sonic 205i is…


Can U.S. Geothermal Power Fulfill Its Potential?

Geothermal power and conventional fossil fuel–powered technologies have similar power production cycles, and both generation types can be dispatched. Geothermal power’s primary advantage is its renewable fuel. Its primary disadvantage…


GE Develops FlexEfficiency 50 for Increased Operational Flexibility

The newest member of the 60% thermal efficiency combined cycle club is GE Energy’s FlexEfficiency 50. In an era when flexible grid operation is growing in importance, this 50 Hz,…


Siemens Releases “Shaping Power” Option for Renewables Integration

The need for flexible power generation has increased drastically over the past few years, particularly when integrating renewables. Another driver is seasonal peaks in demand that have become more severe…


Restructuring the South African Power Industry

South Africa is at a critical turning point. An uncertain environment for private investment, escalating electricity prices, and a lack of available power threaten South Africa’s position as an attractive…


NorthWestern Energy Builds a Regulating Reserve Plant

Stable grid operation is challenging, especially when intermittent and unpredictable renewable generation is added to the generation mix. For NorthWestern Energy, the best solution was adding fast-acting gas-fired generation to…


Top Plant: Sarnia Solar Project, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Owner/operator: Enbridge/First Solar The 80-MW Sarnia Solar Project is the world’s largest operational photovoltaic plant, with 1.3 million solar modules. The facility utilizes First Solar’s proven thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology,…


Top Plant: Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project’s Selective Water Withdrawal Project, Oregon

Owners: Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon Operator: Portland General Electric In December 2009, construction of an underwater tower and fish collection…


Top Plant: Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center, Indiantown, Martin County, Florida

Owner/operator: NextEra Energy Inc., a subsidiary Florida Power & Light Co. The 75-MW Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the first hybrid solar facility in the world to combine…


Top Plant: Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant, Bakersfield, California

Owner/operator: AREVA Solar The 5-MW Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Station is the first to use compact linear Fresnel reflector technology developed to generate continuous superheated steam, a key element for…


Top Plant: EnBW Baltic 1, Darss-Zingst Peninsula, Mecklenburg Province, Germany

Owner/operator: EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG/EnBW Renewables GmbH Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm—the 48.3-MW EnBW Baltic 1—consists of 21 Siemens wind turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 MW and…


Top Plant: Copper Mountain Solar 1, Boulder City, Nevada

Owner/operator: Sempra Generation The current largest photovoltaic plant in the U.S., the 48-MW Copper Mountain Solar 1, utilizes approximately 775,000 solar panels to generate emission-free electricity for about 14,000 homes…


Will San Bruno Be a “Game-Changer”?

Energy professionals and the general population are both acutely aware of the explosion of a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) natural gas pipeline in San Bruno, Calif., that led…


Using Temperature- Measuring Indicators

Correct welding procedures are extremely important elements of the work done by the PSEG Central Maintenance Shop (serving Public Service Electric and Gas Co., PSEG, a New Jersey utility). We…


Microns Matter: Proper Design of Fogging Nozzles

Inlet fogging systems for combustion turbines achieve their effect at the molecular level: The cooling effect occurs by converting thousands of gallons of water into single evaporated molecules suspended in…


Tools at Height

A structure or mechanical system that requires fasteners also demands tools to maintain it properly. In power sectors such as wind, fossil fuel, and nuclear, some work areas may be…


POWER Digest (December 2011)

Fluor Enters Small Modular Reactor Market, Backs NuScale. Fluor Corp. on Oct. 13 announced it planned to invest more than $30 million in NuScale Power, an Oregon-based small modular reactor…


Does Cow Power Pay Off?

Livestock animals in the U.S. produce more than one billion tons of manure annually (Figure 7). It’s a problem being surveyed critically by climate change advocates, because, according to standards…


Airtight Cover Completed for Daiichi 1

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO’s) Fukushima Daiichi 1 reactor—a unit that suffered a core melt and hydrogen gas explosion after the March 11 earthquake in Japan and subsequent tsunami devastated…


Burma Halts Massive Chinese-Developed Hydropower Dam

China’s efforts to build the Myitsone Dam—a $3.6 billion hydropower project planned at the confluence of the Mali and N’Mai Rivers at the source of the Irrawaddy River in Burma’s…


UK Pulls Funding for Flagship Longannet CCS Demonstration

Ditching the only project remaining in its £1 billion ($1.60 billion) carbon capture and storage (CCS) competition, the UK government declined to back the much-watched CCS project at the Longannet…


Gas Turbine Makers Gear to Flexibility Needs with New Models

Competition among gas turbine makers heated up this September as Alstom unveiled its upgraded GT24 gas turbine and corresponding 60 Hz KA24 combined cycle power plant, while Mitsubishi Heavy Industries…


The Big Picture: Big Biomass

The world’s biomass power facilities, not counting those in the pulp and paper industry, average just 18 MWe to 20 MWe. In the U.S., passage of the Public Utility Regulatory…


Irrational Exuberance

Germany’s government has decided to shutter all 17 of its nuclear plants (23 reactors); eight plants are now closed for business, six more will be closed by 2021, and the…


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