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Monthly Issue | December 1, 2012

Navigating a Sea of New Regulations

A convergence of new environmental regulations and practical realities is creating a boatload of challenges for power producers. Impending regulations addressing raw water intake, wastewater discharges, and coal ash management—as…


Note on the Oconee Top Plant

Note on the Oconee Top Plant Some of our readers may have been confused by the wording of a press release about our November issue’s nuclear Top Plants, the table…


MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility: Turning Swords into Plowshares

The U.S. Department of Energy contracted Shaw AREVA MOX Services LLC to design, construct, and operate a Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at its Savannah River Site in…


Is Shale Gas Shallow or the Real Deal?

The de facto U.S. energy policy is to burn more gas, much of it produced using “fracking” technology. Huge volumes of low-priced natural gas have caused coal plant shutdowns, slowed…


Renewable Energy Development Thrives During China’s 12th Five-Year Plan

China’s 12th Five-Year Plan calls for expanding the use of renewable energy in all forms throughout the country. From solar and wind to biomass gas and briquettes, China has a…


China Leads the Global Race to Cleaner Coal

Coal used for power generation has been the cornerstone of economic development, social progress, and a higher quality of life around the globe and is now fueling the 21st-century economic…


Distributed Solar Challenges Utilities, Markets, and Regulation

Electricity produced from solar energy is being added to the grid—before and after the meter—in greater amounts each year. The uniqueness of this resource is pushing utilities, developers, users, and…


TOP PLANT: Walney Offshore Windfarms, Irish Sea, UK

Courtesy: DONG Energy Owners/operator: DONG Energy and Partners/DONG Energy Officially commissioned in February 2012, the two Walney Offshore Windfarms—Walney 1 and Walney 2—together have 102 wind turbines with a total…


Electric Screen Vibrators

Martin Engineering introduced a new family of electric screen vibrators for regular duty and hazardous environments. Designed to deliver up to 16,500 pounds of centrifugal force for efficient material separation,…


TOP PLANT: Three Gorges Dam, Yangtze River, Hubei Province, China

 Courtesy: Le Grand Portage Owner/operator: China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd. After nine years of construction, installation, and testing, the Three Gorges Dam is now complete. On May 23, 2012, the…


TOP PLANT: Stillwater Solar-Geothermal Hybrid Plant, Churchill County, Nevada

Courtesy: Enel Green Power North America Owner/operator: Enel Green Power North America The Stillwater hybrid facility is the world’s first renewable energy project that pairs geothermal power’s baseload generation capacity…


TOP PLANT: Gujarat Solar Park, State of Gujarat, India

Courtesy: IANS/Daily News Owners/operators: Multiple companies Set up by the Gujarat government, the Gujarat Solar Park is actually a group of solar parks that provide dedicated common infrastructure for photovoltaic-powered…


Rotary Peristaltic Pump

The new portable, nonmetallic Flex-I-Liner rotary peristaltic pump from Vanton Pump and Equipment Corp. evacuates drums and totes containing acids, caustics, salts, chlorides, and reagent grade chemicals, without corrosion of…


TOP PLANT: Coca-Cola/Mas Energy Trigeneration Facility, Atlanta, Georgia

Courtesy: Mas Energy Owner/operator: Mas Energy By taking a waste product and converting it into a fuel source, the 6.5-MW Coca-Cola/Mas Energy Facility became the first U.S. operational trigeneration project…


TOP PLANT: Alamosa Solar Project, San Luis Valley, Colorado

Courtesy: Daniel O’Connor Photography Owner/operator: Cogentrix of Alamosa LLC As the largest solar plant of its type in the world, the 30-MW Alamosa Solar Project is currently enjoying its place…


CleanPowerSF: Political Correctness Trumps Energy Policy

In 2002, California enacted legislation authorizing municipalities to establish Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs. In September 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted “CleanPowerSF” to be the CCA program…


Users Return to Fogging on Frame 7FAs

It has been a decade since an R0 compressor blade was liberated on one of the eight Frame 9FA combustion turbines at CLP Power Hong Kong’s Black Point Power Station.…


Pipe Clamp for Vibration Sensing

Fauske & Associates LLC (FAI) recently patented a specialized pipe clamp to seat vibration-sensing equipment. A beam attached to the clamp protrudes through the pipe insulation. The beam is partially…


Conference Report: 12th ICS Cyber Security Conference

The 12th ICS Cyber Security Conference was held at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) October 22–25, 2012. There were approximately 150 attendees from multiple industries,…


POWER Digest (December 2012)

Georgia Power Completes 2,500-MW Coal-to-Gas Conversion. Southern Co. subsidiary Georgia Power on Oct. 28 put online the third and final 840-MW natural gas combined cycle unit at Plant McDonough-Atkinson in…


LIDAR and 3D Modeling Produce Precise Designs

Retrofit projects are often very time-consuming, both for the engineers who must take numerous field measurements to produce drawings and for the contractor that must fabricate each assembly on site.…


14-MW Solar PV Plant Completed at Naval Station

The U.S. Navy in late October saw the completion of its largest solar generation system, a 13.78-MW (DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power system at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake…


Modernization of Century-Old Hydro Facility Yields Rich History

When the Boulder Canyon Hydroelectric Facility was built in the steep, forested mountains between Boulder and Nederland, Colo., in 1910, it was the highest head hydroelectric facility in the western…


Of Giant Turbines and Rotor Blades

Offshore wind turbine technology experienced a brief gust in October as Siemens Energy began field testing of its new 154-meter (m) rotor for the 6-MW offshore wind turbine, and Norwegian…


Largest Wastewater Treatment Fuel Cell Plant Goes Online

In October, Canadian biogas power producer Anaergia opened a 2.8-MW fuel cell system powered by cleaned and conditioned wastewater biosolids at a municipal water treatment facility in Ontario, Calif. The…


Mercury Regulations Up in the Air

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to regulate mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants have spanned nearly two decades. In February of this year the agency promulgated the Mercury…


Vanadium Flow Battery Juices Onion Plant

An emerging flow battery technology got a major boost earlier this year when Gills Onions, one of the largest fresh-cut onion processing plants in the world—began operating a 3.6-MWh vanadium…


Under Siege

As I write this column on Election Day 2012, the polls are still open and both presidential candidates are predicting victory. The next dozen hours or so will prove only…


THE BIG PICTURE: A Renewables Quest


Too Dumb to Meter, Part 6

As the book title Too Dumb to Meter: Follies, Fiascoes, Dead Ends, and Duds on the U.S. Road to Atomic Energy implies, nuclear power has traveled a rough road. In…


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