India’s Coal Future Hinges on Advanced Ultrasupercritical Breakthroughs

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:49:47 +0000

India is striving to conserve coal and slash its carbon emissions. The country which depended on coal for 56% of its total capacity of 356 GW as of May 2019, wants to reduce coal’s share to 45% of a planned capacity expansion to 480 GW by the end of 2022. During that period, it will […]

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How China Is Improving Coal Technology

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:37:46 +0000

In China, though specific achievements are hard to pinpoint owing in part to a dearth of public or internationally available information, coal technology developments appear to be advancing more rapidly than anywhere in the world. China’s efforts to foster technology advancements are in the country’s national interest, said Mi Shuhua, executive vice president of China […]

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MHPS, Magnum Will Build 1-GW Renewable Energy Storage Facility in Utah

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 30 May 2019 15:02:47 +0000

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Magnum Development, the owner of a large and geographically rare underground salt dome in Utah, have teamed to develop a massive project that could store up 1,000 MW of renewable energy year-round and provide it to variability-challenged Western power markets.  The companies this week signed a memorandum of understanding […]

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Insights Into Siemens’ Stunning Gas and Power, Renewables Shakeup

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 03:05:05 +0000

In the days following its May 7 announcement that it will spin off its Gas and Power business, Siemens has fleshed out how and when the carveout will occur, laid out its reasons for lumping its energy businesses together, and put forth a market case for why a business separation may be a “win-win” situation […]

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Leadership Shakeup at ABB Amid Power Grids Business Overhaul

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2019 12:15:58 +0000

Only months after ABB announced Hitachi would acquire a majority stake in its flagship power grids business for $11 billion, the company’s board of directors ousted CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and officially launched a search for a new leader.  The Zurich-based technology giant said on April 17 that the board of directors and Spiesshofer “mutually agreed […]

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Inside NET Power: Gas Power Goes Supercritical 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 04:00:51 +0000

A project to demonstrate a novel power cycle that promises to produce low-cost, reliable, and flexible power from natural gas—while generating no atmospheric emissions, and fully capturing carbon dioxide—is inching closer to commissioning.  A mere 10 years ago, 8 Rivers Capital, a startup founded in 2007 by Bill Brown, a former Wall Street investor and […]

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Bipartisan Senators Move to Cement Nuclear Power’s Future

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:13:28 +0000

A wide-ranging bill introduced by a large group of bipartisan U.S. senators on March 27 seeks to cement the role advanced nuclear reactors will play in the nation’s future power mix.  The “Nuclear Energy Leadership Act” (NELA), aims to “reestablish U.S. leadership in nuclear energy,” which has been lost to state-sponsored development in Russia and […]

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Bagging DOE Support, Westinghouse Eyes Demonstration for Nuclear Micro-reactor by 2022

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2019 13:04:53 +0000

The Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a project that would prepare Westinghouse’s 25-MWe eVinci micro-reactor for nuclear demonstration readiness by 2022.  The agency on March 27 said it will provide $12.9 million of the estimated $28.6 million Westinghouse needs for a project to prepare the micro-reactor for a demonstration, including for design, analysis, licensing […]

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NERC: Accelerated Coal and Nuclear Retirements Pose Limited Reliability Risks

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:37:32 +0000

The accelerated retirement of coal-fired and nuclear generation by 2022 could adversely affect reliability in four regions, including in the east and over a swathe of the central U.S., the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) warned as it released findings from a “stress-test” scenario.  But the entity tasked with ensuring reliability and security of […]

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Eight Power Sector Takeaways from the Climate Report

Despite increased resilience actions, extreme weather events due to climate change are projected to increasingly threaten the nation’s energy infrastructure, and create fuel availability and demand imbalances, the Trump administration’s sprawling climate report released on November 23 suggests.  The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) released by the Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is clear in […]

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