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Monthly Issue | December 1, 2013

THE BIG PICTURE: Capturing Carbon


Mesquite Solar 1, Maricopa County, Arizona

Owners/operators: Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s jointly owned Mesquite Solar 1 project added 150 MW of photovoltaic-generated electricity to the grid…


New Products (December 2013)

Heat Recovery Economizer Rising energy costs necessitate new ideas and techniques for heat recovery—such as the Hitec Economizer from GEA Heat Exchangers. It is designed for equipping or retrofitting gas turbines…


The When, Where, and Why of Energy Patents

New research conducted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Santa Fe Institute researchers finds that the number of energy patents is increasing faster than patents overall. However, the trend lines…


CORRECTED: Germany Raises Renewables Levy by 20%

Germany’s levy to promote renewables under the 2008 Renewable Energy Act (EEG) will climb to €0.0624/kWh in 2014—a 20% increase that represents nearly a fifth of residential electricity bills. The…


Headway for Congo’s Long-Delayed 40-GW Inga Hydro Project

Plans to build the $12 billion Inga 3 hydropower project may be finally coming to fruition after a new energy treaty signed by South Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo…


IEA: Wind Power Could Supply 18% of World’s Power by 2050

Up to 18% of the world’s electricity could be generated with wind energy by 2050, but the massive jump from 2.6% today would require the nearly 300 GW of current…


India Withdraws Tender for Chhattisgarh UMPP

The Power Finance Corp. (PFC), India’s nodal agency that conducts bidding for 16 proposed Ultra-Mega Power Plants (UMPPs)—coal projects of a 4,000-MW scale to make power available at a minimum…


Spain Inaugurates 2-GW Pumped Storage Facility

Europe’s largest pumped-storage power plant was inaugurated this October in the Júcar River basin in Spain’s eastern province of Valencia as Spanish utility Iberdrola commissioned the final seven-year-long, 1.7-GW phase…


POWER Digest (December 2013)

First Kundankulam Unit Synchronized to Grid. The state-owned Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) on Oct. 22 synchronized to the grid the first of two units at the Kundankulam…


Preventing Failure of Elastomeric Expansion Joints in FGD Systems

Fossil-fuel-based power generation plants with wet scrubbing systems use slurries of sorbents to remove sulfur dioxide from their emissions. These highly abrasive slurries accelerate wear on the expansion joints in…


Federal-State Cooperation Is Needed in Transmission Project Development

Beginning with its landmark Order No. 888 in 1996, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has aggressively pursued policies designed to foster planning and construction of new transmission facilities, in…


Defining the Future: Time to Get Real

The global energy environment is increasing in complexity and uncertainty. We are in a much more challenging world than previously envisaged. The World Energy Council’s (WEC) analysis has exposed a…


Alqueva II Pumped Storage Hydropower Plant, Alqueva, Portugal

Owner/operator: Energias de PortugalCourtesy: Alstom European Union carbon emission limitations and a lack of indigenous fossil fuel resources pushed Portugal in 2000 to embrace renewable energy. Today, Portugal supplies over…


Macarthur Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia

Owner/operator: AGL Energy/Malakoff Corporation Berhad Fully commissioned in January 2013, the 420-MW Macarthur Wind Farm is the largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere. But sourcing and erecting 140 wind…


Polaniec Green Unit, Polaniec, Poland

Owner/operator: GDF SUEZ Energy Poland When Gérard Mestrallet, chairman and CEO of GDF SUEZ, set a target of doubling the company’s renewable energy capacity from 2007 to 2013, it seemed…


Shams 1, Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates

Owner/operator: Shams Power Co. The Arabian Peninsula might seem like the ideal location for a concentrating solar power plant, but developers of the 100-MW Shams 1 CSP project in the…


A Plan for Optimizing Technologies to Support Variable Renewable Generation in China

Between 2011 and 2015, China plans to add eight major wind generating bases with a total capacity of 65 GW and two solar photovoltaic installations exceeding 10 GW. With all…


A Wind Energy Plan That Fits America’s Resources

The U.S. lags far behind Europe in offshore wind power production due in part to deepwater challenges. Using floating vertical axis wind turbines and energy storage could be the nation’s…


Photovoltaics Overshadow Concentrated Solar Power

Though much newer, solar photovoltaic technology has gained a much larger market share than concentrated solar power, even though the latter promises thermal storage and the potential to be almost…


Optimized SCR Catalysts Maximize Mercury Removal Co-Benefits

New air emission rules limit the amount of mercury (Hg) air emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many plant owners may find leveraging the Hg removal co-benefits available from SCR Hg…


Power Plant Training Simulators Explained

Faced with the necessity of doing more with less—and less-experienced—staff, the power business increasingly is turning to simulators for reliable and efficient real-world training. Training simulators are worth their weight…


When It Comes to Nuclear Plants, Is Small Beautiful?

Though small, modular reactors have their detractors, on balance, the “little guys” appear to have an edge over the heavy-weights in the contest for the next generation of U.S. nuclear…


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