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#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: Microgrids and Controls

Posted in Event, Power on Thursday, November 9th, 2017. No comments yet
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Author: Douglas Morris Microgrids are collections of generating sources that are coupled to operate as one either connected to or disconnected from (islanded) the main power grid (sometimes called the macrogrid). Being able to independently provide one’s power is becoming popular with standalone entities like colleges or universities, military bases, and remote locations. Hawaii is […]

#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: HRSGs, Steam Attemperation and Tube Leaks

Posted in Power on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017. 2 comments so far
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Author: Douglas Morris We all know that today’s plants must cycle more; that’s just the expected mode of operation. Keeping plants online with the ability to cycle, particularly cost-competitive combined cycle units, is a focus for most utilities and avoiding heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) tube failures is a good place to start. These failures […]

Improving Power Plant Staff Effectiveness

Posted in Power on Monday, November 28th, 2016. One comment so far
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Author: Douglas Morris With the large number of power workers having already retired, there is a definite shortage of expertise within the industry. Not only are workers new, but companies are having difficulty hiring enough skilled employees. Although most new hires are diligent and eager to learn, they lack the experience necessary to make critical […]

Improving Flexible Power Plant Operations

Posted in Power on Monday, November 21st, 2016. One comment so far
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Author: Douglas Morris Increasingly, plants are having to adapt to more flexible operations as gas prices remain low and renewables are added to the generation mix. Gas units are shut down, started up in the morning, follow load during the day, and then are shut down or idled again. Coal plants are also asked to […]

Increasing Power Plant Reliability via Smart Monitoring and Diagnostic Centers

Posted in Power, Reliability on Monday, November 14th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: Douglas Morris Today’s fossil power plants are faced with the challenge of stabilizing the fluctuating grid power supply due to renewable generation and, as a result, plants originally designed for base load are subject to load cycling. A principal consequence that cycling imposes is increased amounts of thermal stress (creep fatigue) on boilers and […]