How Power Plants Can Reduce Asset Integrity Risks with Digital Technology

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 21:23:41 +0000

There are countless risks associated with power plant operations. For example, the risk of equipment failure is present in virtually every power plant system. In some cases, the risk is very low and could even be inconsequential. In others, it’s much higher and could be catastrophic, not only to plant operation, but also to the […]

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How Power Plants Can Reduce Risks with Digital Technology

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 21:23:41 +0000

There are countless risks associated with power plant operations. For example, the risk of equipment failure is present in virtually every power plant system. In some cases, the risk is very low and could even be inconsequential. In others, it’s much higher and could be catastrophic, not only to plant operation, but also to the […]

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New GE Digital Software Designed to Optimize Gas Turbine Performance

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 18:08:22 +0000

A new product from GE Digital will improve the operation of gas turbines through artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), resulting in lower fuel consumption and reducing emissions, the company announced Jan. 20. GE Digital in its announcement said turbines “require seasonal adjustment of flame temperatures and fuel splits, which is generally a manual […]

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ERCOT Confident Generators Deficient During Uri Freeze Debacle Ready for Winter

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 17:59:16 +0000

The vast majority of 324 electric generation units and transmission facilities in Texas have fully met or “go beyond” new state winter weatherization requirements, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in a final readiness report filed with the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) on Jan. 18. Onsite inspections at 302 generation units […]

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Predict, Optimize, Synchronize, Control: How AI Can Fulfill the Promise of Sustainable Energy Resources and Reshape the Future of Utilities

Credit to Author: Sean McEvoy| Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 16:30:48 +0000

The world is changing rapidly as technology advances at breakneck speed. From the fourth industrial revolution and virtual reality to 5G and artificial intelligence (AI), our society is on the brink of tremendous technological upheaval. Although many industries evolve alongside innovations, some, such as utilities, have not moved at the same pace. This is in […]

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How to Enable the Protection of Your Safety Life-Cycle Systems

Credit to Author: Jason Urso| Date: Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:07:24 +0000

Engineering designs for functional safety systems used in the process industry sector are typically thorough, detailed, and follow a stringent safety life-cycle process. In a non-digitized execution model, the valuable information needed to enable an efficient safety process is not always readily available. Consider the following example: A refining plant has had an unplanned trip […]

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Optimism Is Warranted in the Power Industry in 2022 and Beyond

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:18:00 +0000

While some sectors of the power industry are struggling to stay relevant, there are many more segments that are thriving. As new technologies are developed and perfected, there is more reason than ever for

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New Year’s Resolutions: 10 Ways to Improve Coal Power Plant Operations

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:14:00 +0000

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The new year is obviously a time when many people reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. Surveys have shown that exercising more, improving one’s diet, losing weight, and saving money are

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Test Your Knowledge: Water & Steam Cycle Chemistry Monitoring

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:12:00 +0000

Water and steam are the lifeblood of a power plant, but contamination in a water system can lead to corrosion, scaling, and pitting on critical equipment including turbines, boilers, pipes, and heat exchangers. Controlling high purity water treatment requires accurate analytical measurements of a wide range of analytics, including conductivity, dissolved oxygen, sodium, silica, and […]

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Utilities and Industry Continue Learnings Around Benefits of Heat Rate Improvement

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2022 05:12:25 +0000

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For more than three decades, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has led the power industry in developing, advancing, and demonstrating cost-effective heat rate improvements via new technologies, hardware, software, and best operating/programmatic practices for enhancing efficiency at minimal cost and maximum reliability. As the power industry moves toward net-zero carbon emission goals, heat rate […]

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