Lithium-Ion Batteries: Costs Down, Benefits Up [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:01:31 +0000

The price of lithium-ion batteries has plummeted over the past decade. Battery pack prices averaged $1,160 per kWh in 2010, according to BloombergNEF, but they dropped to $176 per kWh last year, and experts suggest they could be less than $100 by 2024. Tony Cooper, general manager of Green Cubes Technology’s Motive division, was a […]

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Ultrasonic Testing for the Power Generation Industry

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Ultrasonic nondestructive testing, also known as ultrasonic NDT or simply UT, is a method of characterizing the thickness or internal structure of a test piece using high-frequency sound waves. The

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PVD Coatings Extend Life of Gas and Steam Turbine Components

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Industrial gas turbine (IGT) manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) personnel are continually seeking new ways to improve the performance and longevity of critical components. High-value

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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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The Future Direction of Respiratory Protection

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Sat, 01 Jun 2019 04:00:22 +0000

An estimated 5 million U.S. workers wear respirators. Employers are required to provide National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified respirators using a written respiratory protection program enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Design and manufacturing focus on fit, comfort, and ease of use across product lines incorporating advanced technologies, such […]

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How to Hire the Best Talent

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

It’s no secret that the power industry workforce is aging and managers are struggling to find qualified candidates interested in filling open positions. In my April column, I referenced a

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Safety a Major Focus of CTOTF Conference

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 15:49:27 +0000

Marc Yeston kicked off the Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum (CTOTF) spring conference on April 29 in St. Augustine, Florida, with a keynote presentation focused on safety, and how power plant managers and supervisors can improve safety programs. Yeston (Figure 1) has worked as a flight paramedic, a federal and state law enforcement officer, a […]

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Extending Turbine Life to Meet Wind Power’s Potential

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Meeting increasing worldwide demand for wind energy depends on reliable turbine performance, and performance can significantly benefit from optimized main shaft and gearbox bearing selection. Wind turbine

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Analytical Tool Helps HRSG Operators Compare Equipment Reliability

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Ever since deregulation came to the power industry, combined cycle plant managers have been trying to benchmark their production metrics and cycling costs against those of their competitors. There has always

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Using Infrared Drone Technology to Inspect Solar Panels and Wind Turbines

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 +0000

An East Coast industrial plant had for months experienced a significant dropoff in energy production from its 36,000-square-foot solar field. The plant’s maintenance team had been unable to find any problems

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