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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How Nuclear Hybrids Could Redefine the Industry’s Future

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

The world’s nuclear sector is struggling to stay economically afloat amid a deluge of renewables and natural gas power, and reinvigorating it will require operational flexibility from new or existing

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The POWER Interview: What Drove the Gas Turbine Technology Leap at GE Over the Past 70 Years

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 13:34:12 +0000

On July 29, 1949, at 2:15 p.m., General Electric’s (GE’s) first gas turbine at the Belle Isle Station in Oklahoma City began delivering power to Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s distribution system. The 3.5-MW GE Frame 3 machine reportedly had an efficiency of about 17%. Since the Belle Isle machine (Figure 1) started up seventy […]

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Positive Developments for Small Modular Reactors

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2019 21:05:47 +0000

NuScale Power, Rolls-Royce, and China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC)—three companies working on different small modular reactor (SMR) technology—recently announced positive developments for their respective designs. NRC Makes Progress on NuScale Design Review Portland, Oregon-based NuScale said on July 22 that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) completed the second and third phases of its SMR […]

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GE Is Speeding Massive Offshore Wind Turbine to Market

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 13:40:06 +0000

GE Renewable Energy’s mammoth offshore wind 12-MW Haliade-X  turbine is on track for an accelerated commercial launch in 2021, the company said as it unveiled the turbine’s first manufactured components on July 22. Haliade-X features a 220-meter (m) rotor and a 107-m blade designed by GE subsidiary LM Wind Power. The turbine design also includes […]

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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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The POWER Interview: New Directions for Aeroderivative Gas Turbines at PWPS 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 12:08:49 +0000

In a recent interview, Raul Pereda, president and CEO of PW Power Systems (PWPS), talked to POWER about the company’s long legacy as a gas turbine manufacturer, advancements in technology it has achieved over the past 60 years, and new applications for its turbines within a transitioning energy system.  No one can read a history […]

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A Brief History of GE Gas Turbines

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:39:47 +0000

July marks two important milestones that set gas-fired generation on its course to becoming a dominant form of power generation: commercial operation of the world’s first industrial gas turbine in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1939, and commercial operation of the first gas turbine in the U.S. used to generate electric power—a 3.5-MW General Electric (GE) unit […]

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Coal Unit CCUS Retrofits More Economic Than Many Alternatives, NETL Study Suggests

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:37:33 +0000

Adding carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to two Xcel coal units in Colorado that are slated to be retired by 2025 would push up the cost of power if compared with replacement with wind/storage hybrids. But CCUS, which generates revenues, would still work out to be cheaper than other alternatives mandated under the company’s […]

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Japan Will Explore New Avenues for Energy Self-Sufficiency

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

Japan’s government this June adopted a new energy white paper that suggests the country must rely on a larger share of nuclear and renewables to slash its carbon emissions and meet its target of a 26%

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