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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An Inside Look at a State-of-the-Art Training Facility [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Sat, 09 Mar 2019 13:41:51 +0000

Royce Peters, senior technical coordinator for the Carpenters International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. The ITC is the largest and most-comprehensive training facility of its kind in the world. Following the completion of phase six of construction in 2018, the center now has more than 1.2 […]

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Should a Power Company Be Held Responsible for Wildfires?

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

If you’ve been following the news, you know that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because it is facing tens of billions of dollars in liability for

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Improve Baghouse Performance with Custom Filtration Media

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Dust collection plays a vital role for safe and efficient power plant operation. There are a number of dust collection options available to plant designers, and baghouses have gained wide acceptance. The

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TVA Mulls Coal Plant Closures, Trump Urges Board to Consider All Factors

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:11:46 +0000

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is holding a board meeting today, during which the fate of the corporate agency’s Bull Run and Paradise Unit 3 coal power plants could be decided. Permanent closure of the facilities is strongly being considered. The stakes are high, according to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R). In a Jan. 4 […]

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Severe Modulation in Feedwater-Control Valves Reveals Need for Periodic Calibration

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:10:11 +0000

Some combined-cycle plants have two feedwater-control valves: a small startup valve with the extra cavitation-protection needed during startup and low-load operations, and a larger main valve with the high flow-capacity needed during full-load ops. This design is intended to yield a longer service life of these valves. However, as the plant ages, this design also […]

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Concrete Better Than Cameras in Protecting Grid

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:48:15 +0000

Some high-tech security features meant to protect U.S. power plants from physical attack may not be as effective as good old-fashioned fences and concrete, according to a Georgia Institute of Technology graduate who modeled security measures in a computer simulation while earning her PhD in Public Policy. Jenna McGrath, who graduated in December 2018, published […]

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