Americans love to refer to their country in lofty, idealistic terms. When we hear, “land of the free,” “home of the brave,” or “sweet land of liberty,” our chests reflexively puff out and the strains of patriotism involuntarily ripple through our veins.
As the aftershocks of both Hurricane Katrina and Rita break across U.S. energy markets, with gasoline prices reaching $3/gallon, and with home heating oil and natural gas prices projected to reach all-time highs this winter, it has become clear that the U.S. Congress must chart a new course of American energy policy.
In late June the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR) released the seventh of its ongoing series of reports, known as BEIR VII.
When facing combustion turbine upgrades, power generators should consider all turbine inlet cooling (TIC) technologies, including wet compression, says John Kraft, president of Caldwell Energy Company.
A California-based firm announced in October an initial close of $80 million in funding as part of its plan to raise a total of $250 million in financing to acquire, develop and operate renewable energy and clean fuel assets.
A first-of-its-kind survey conducted in August shows that 83 percent of Americans living close to nuclear power plants favor nuclear energy, and 76 percent are willing to see a new reactor built near them.
Chip Bottone, president of Ingersoll-Rand’s Energy Systems Division, thinks microturbine technology has turned the corner and that popularity of the compact, packaged energy systems - comprised of a gas turbine engine, a recuperator and a generator - will steadily increase over the next few years.
A 250 kW fuel cell power plant has been chosen to improve power availability at a U.S. training center, where it will help meet security requirements and cope with fluctuating power needs that can triple from one season to the next.
A New York City-based company that develops clean energy facilities that produce electricity for sale to local utilities from renewable fuels and other clean energy sources is developing a project that will convert a 5 MW natural gas-fired cogeneration plant into a 7 MW plant that will only use wood chips.
Power supply is critical to any paper mill. When a major paper manufacturer found that its early 1980s vintage turbine-generator’s unplanned downtime, mostly due to obsolete spare parts and maintenances issues, was jeopardizing one of its mill’s production capacity, the manufacturer decided it was time to overhaul the aging turbine-generator.