NOXSO Corp. received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy?s (DOE) Pittsburgh Energy Technology Center for continuation of funding until June 1995 for the first commercial demonstration of the NOXSO process. The approval provides funding to complete the design phase of the project. DOE?s approval includes the acceptance of the project?s new host site, Alcoa Generating Corp.?s Warrick Power Plant, near Evansville, Ind.
A Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. (EVA) study conducted for the Center Energy and Economic Development said that natural gas will be the preferred fuel for electric power generation in the 1990s. However, this will be reversed in the post-2000 period. EVA?s conclusion is that coal will become the dominant fuel as we enter the next century.
Steel welded fintubes are used to reduce the size and cost of heat exchangers and in power boilers such as heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), and are a fundamental element of their design. Competing companies look for advantages by offering different tube sizes and fin pitches, with solid or serrated fin surfaces.
PECO Energy Co.?s Peach Bottom atomic power station is using advanced fiber optic and video display technology to enhance its predictive maintenance program. The technology, first used at PECO?s nuclear power station in York County, Pa., to cross-train technicians in infrared thermography, has recently been used with a fiber optic borescope to inspect the inside of various systems and components.
Fuel cells are fascinating devices?air goes in one side, fuel in the other and viola! Out comes heat and electricity. Although the process seems magical, the technology is really quite simple and the process is well understood by researchers and technocrats alike.
Business news and new business: GE Power Systems has won a $30.5 million contract from Colakoglu Metalurji A.S., Istanbul, Turkey, to provide turnkey plant engineering, design and power generation equipment and services for the first independent combined-cycle power plant in Turkey.
Ironically, the role of the piston in power production seems to be expanding. The irony lies in the fact that technology developed at the turn of the last century is poised to take on an even greater portion of electric power generation at the turn of this century, despite advances in other, more contemporary prime movers such as gas turbines.
Owensboro Municipal Utilities? (OMU) clean air project at its Elmer Smith Station is nearing completion. The newly installed scrubber system achieved first flue gas treatment on November 4, 1994 for Unit 1 and both units are now operational. The scrubber installation is part of the clean air project that OMU began at the two-unit, 441-MW coal-fired station in 1989 when Clean Air Act compliance was initiated.
Carpet manufacturers call it carpet-derived-fuel, but power plants that can use it call waste carpeting an economical alternative fuel
Global competition and new information technologies are at the center of the U.S. power generation industry of the 1990s. Costs are falling, schedules are being compressed, and productivity is climbing. That was the message from Robert Ruisch, Black & Veatch managing partner in charge of the energy group, at the recent POWER-GEN Americas meeting in Orlando, Fla.