Author: Douglas Morris The growth of renewables and distributed energy resources are challenging the traditional economic models of the utility industry. A growing school of thought in power generation is that embracing some form of digital transformation could very...
Digital Technologies for Improving Power Plant Operations
Author: Douglas Morris There's a lot of talk in the industry about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital transformation, and digital technologies. There is enough interest, though, among utility executives in the promise of digital technologies–which...
#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: Helping Power Generators Address the Skills Gap
Author: Douglas Morris A January 2017 report from the U.S. Energy Department states: Workforce retirements are a pressing challenge. Industry hiring managers often report that lack of candidate training, experience, or technical skills are major reasons why...
#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: Flexible Operations
Author: Douglas Morris The new plants that are coming online today are already designed for fast start and flexible operations. With the changing generation mix, being able to move a unit is essential as fleets dispatch more renewables. But what about older plants...
#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: Microgrids and Controls
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...
#POWERGEN 2017 Preview: HRSGs, Steam Attemperation and Tube Leaks
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...
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