SwRI to Design Flameless, Low-Emission Coal Combustion Pilot 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:28:22 +0000

San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) said on Aug. 12 it will get $3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and another $760,658 from an assortment of industry giants to design a large-scale flameless pressurized oxy-fuel combustion pilot plant.  The announcement is a major boost for the promising, but yet unproven technology, that […]

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State Agencies Object to Xcel Energy, Southern Power Deal

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:43:44 +0000

Xcel Energy’s effort to purchase a 760-MW natural gas combined cycle facility in Mankato, Minnesota, from Southern Power, a wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, is meeting resistance from two state agencies. The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General (OAG) recommended the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission […]

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Next-Generation HRSGs Start Fast and Reduce Emissions

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2019 12:11:51 +0000

Today’s heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) are suffering reliability problems, mainly because they’re being operated in the cycling mode instead of the baseload mode for which they were designed. The good news is HRSG suppliers are adapting to the market demands and are designing the next generation of HRSGs to have cycling-friendly—also called fast-start—features. One […]

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PG&E Asks Bankruptcy Judge to Back Restructured Power Deals

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 20:55:44 +0000

California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has asked the judge overseeing its bankruptcy case to support restructured deals with some of the utility’s power suppliers in an effort to reduce the price PG&E pays for those companies’ electricity. The fate of $42 billion worth of long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) is a key component […]

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RWE Will Close Wales Plant, Leaving UK With Four Operating Coal Units

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:32:34 +0000

German utility RWE on August 1 announced it will close its last coal-fired power plant in the UK. The closure of the Aberthaw B power station in south Wales, scheduled by the end of March 2020, means just four coal plants will be operating in the UK. The plant originally was scheduled to be shuttered […]

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THE BIG PICTURE: A Spotlight on Oil-Fired Power

Credit to Author: Tracey Lilly| Date: Thu, 01 Aug 2019 04:00:45 +0000

Discussions about fossil-fueled power capacity are typically centered on coal and natural gas. The former is seeing a marked decline amid climate concerns, and the latter is seeing unprecedented growth, owing to relatively low prices. Seemingly forgotten, but still a major source of power, are plants fired with petroleum liquids. In 2017, according to the […]

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Volcanic Rock Offers New Take on Energy Storage

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

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), known for its wind turbines used in both large onshore and offshore projects, in June began operation of an electric thermal energy storage (ETES) system in Germany

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POWER Digest [August 2019]

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

VW Chooses MHPS to Modernize Cogen Plant. Volkswagen AG (VW) in early July said it chose Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPS Europe) to build a gas-and-steam power plant in Wolfsburg, as part of the

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Applying IEEE 1584 in Power Generation Facilities

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

An arc flash is the explosive energy released when an electrical fault causes an arc. This rapid release of energy causes excessive temperatures in addition to air and metal in the path of the arc expanding

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The Power of a ‘Green’ Decommissioning, Remediation, and Redevelopment Plan

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

Economic pressures coupled with new and proposed regulations to reduce air emissions and regulate cooling water use and the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) continue to drive the

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