Southern Nuclear Adds New Power Plant Simulators

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:52:48 +0000

GSE Systems said it has delivered and commissioned three additional full-scope simulators for Southern Nuclear’s new Operations Training Centers. The simulators are for the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, and the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant. Simulators provide efficient hands-on learning for power plant operators. While power plants of […]

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Electric Power Trends and Opportunities

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 +0000

I was recently reviewing a report issued last year by BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. The Megatrends 2050 Special Report , as it is called, suggests there are three main trends that will transform the

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Fully Digital Nuclear I&C Upgrade Gets ‘Unprecedented’ NRC License

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 14:18:42 +0000

A fully digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system (I&C)—the first of its kind in the U.S.—at a Purdue University research reactor in West Lafayette, Indiana, has been licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Upgrades to digitalize Purdue University Reactor Number 1 (PUR 1)—a pool-type12-kWt reactor (that runs at 1 kW) originally built in […]

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How to Position Your Power Company for the Future

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 04:00:46 +0000

Faced with the challenge of making the right moves to accommodate a swiftly changing energy ecosystem, one question draws into sharp focus for generators and the entire power and utilities industry: What will their role become in the years ahead, considering evolving portfolio mixes and changing industry dynamics? Leaders know there’s a very real possibility […]

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How to Monitor and Predict Operational Performance with Digital Analytics [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2019 21:33:48 +0000

Power plants are capturing operational data in ever-increasing amounts. However, analyzing all the data can be challenging. A number of tools are available that can help. In this episode of The POWER Podcast, two experts from one technology provider explain how big data can be analyzed to identify trends and create actionable information to solve […]

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TRITON/TRISIS Cyberattacker Has a New Target: Power Sector

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:12:51 +0000

XENOTIME, a cyberthreat activity group thought responsible for TRISIS/TRITON malware attacks on safety instrumented systems (SIS) at an oil and gas Middle Eastern facility in 2017, has been probing power company networks in the U.S. and elsewhere, new intelligence from industrial control systems (ICS) security firm Dragos shows.  “In February 2019, Dragos identified a change in […]

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GE Launches New Analytics Technologies to Boost Grid Efficiency 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 20:57:27 +0000

General Electric (GE) has rolled out a new portfolio of predictive analytics that could allow utilities to use data from transmission and distribution networks to achieve better operational efficiency as more distributed assets are introduced to the grid.  The company on June 11 unveiled three new grid analytics—for storm readiness, network connectivity, and effective inertia—that […]

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Blockchain Pilot Shows Promise for Grid Balancing

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000

A blockchain pilot wrapped up by European transmission operator TenneT and storage solutions provider sonnen Group this May showed “tremendous potential” when used to network decentralized home storage

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Strengthening the Energy Sector’s Cyber Preparedness

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:00:00 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) in March 2018 released a 52-page report outlining its multi-year strategy to improve cybersecurity. In the report’s introduction, Assistant Secretary Bruce J. Walker noted that

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THE BIG PICTURE: 30 Innovations Revolutionizing the Power Industry

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 04:00:44 +0000

Between 2005 and 2016, the global installed capacity of solar PV increased more than seven-fold, and the capacity of onshore wind increased nearly three-fold, and owing to plunging costs, variable renewable energy (VRE) capacity is set to expand dramatically, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). To accommodate soaring shares of VRE generation, innovations […]

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