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Ultrasonic Flowmeter Reveals Reason for Tube Failure in High-Heat Application

A major power generator was having a premature tube failure in the feed water heater of its 400 megawatt pulverized coal plants. The nature of the problem seemed to be: hot spots in the water wall and inconsistent water flow. To test their theory they measured the temperature of the hot spots, but measuring the […]

Thrive Amid Industry Disruption With a Values-Based Strategy

Jeff Foley Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Propeller With technological, regulatory and market shifts driving continued change across the global generation industry, a strong sense of purpose has never been more important. GE has one, with a values-based program targeted at increased employee compliance. Outside the industry, Zappos is another example: The online retailer is well […]

The Blockchain Energy Commodity Transaction Lifecycle

Glenn Reitman, Mark Radcliffe, Deanna Reitman DLA Piper Introduction Blockchain technology (sometimes referred to as distributed ledger technology) is the technology behind cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ether (the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum blockchain), and it is fast becoming a platform for innovation in peer-to-peer transactions.  In this article, we attempt to consider blockchain technology in […]

Being a Solar CEO: What It’s Taught Me About Workplace Energy

Scott Cramer CEO, Go Solar Group As a solar company CEO, I’ve learned many unexpected lessons about a form of energy seemingly different yet related to solar energy – energy in the workplace. I know how to manage people’s electricity usage within the walls of their homes, helping them reduce power bills and establish energy […]

Acquiring Bankrupt Energy Assets Clear of Compliance Obligations

By Ken W. Irvin and David E. Kronenberg Sidley Austin, LLP In one of the first decisions of its kind, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware held in In re La Paloma Generating Company, LLC that a power plant can be sold under Section 363 of the bankruptcy code free and clear of […]

Solar-only Tower Sites – A Recipe for Success or Failure?

The mobile telecommunications landscape has been changing over the past few years, particularly in the world’s developing economies. With customers demanding expanded rural network rollout and cost competition putting pressure on capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX), mobile network operators (MNOs) have been looking for ways to reduce their costs—particularly at tower sites where […]

How to Protect Control Assets Before the Cybersecurity Egg Cracks

The target is on the back of industrial control systems (ICS) within the power and process industries. The number of attacks, as reported by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), has increased fourfold since 2010. Control systems at industrial facilities present a more attractive target to hackers as they offer a greater […]

A New Method for Corrosion Prevention

Corrosion caused by chloride and sulfate under high pressure water and steam conditions is a constant problem for power plants. Consequently, monitoring these ions at very low ppb limits is being specified as part of cycle chemistry guidelines and turbine warranty requirements. Ion Chromatography and Inductively Coupled Plasma instruments provide the sensitivity needed to measure […]

How to Identify the Root Cause of a Misalignment Condition

It is well known that misalignment is one of the greatest causes of failure in rotating equipment. In fact, research demonstrates that more than 50% of machine breakdowns are the direct result of poor alignment. But correcting misalignment can be a challenge. Misalignment can have many causes. Alignment is not a static condition. Alignment changes. […]

POWER Buyer’s Guide

As a technology innovator, Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) provides a comprehensive package of engineered solutions for a wide range of applications. Established in 1867, we are a global leader in advanced energy and environmental technologies and services for the power, renewable and industrial markets, with operations, subsidiaries and joint ventures worldwide.