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A Look Back: The 2014 Projects of the Year Award Winners

01 / 09

A Look Back: The 2014 Projects of the Year Award Winners

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 2014 winners reflect the industry’s search for cleaner, more efficient sources of power generation and demonstrate new technologies that will help achieve those goals. Project winners reflected an international representation of excellence in the power generation industry. Project winners ranged from the largest concentrating solar power project in the world to the first large-scale power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

02 / 09

Natural Gas Winner: Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Winner: FP&L’s 1,250-MW Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Riviera Beach, Florida</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Florida Power & Light’s $1.3 billion Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center was built on the site of a 1960s-era oil-burning plant. The new plant uses 33 percent less fuel per megawatt-hour than its predecessor and is capable of producing more than 1,250 MW of electricity without using any additional water or land, all while reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent and more than 90 percent fewer emissions than the oil plant. The plant utilizes combined-cycle natural gas technology that reuses exhaust heat given off by the gas turbine to create steam and generate additional energy. The plant uses three H-class gas turbines from Siemens. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

03 / 09

Natural Gas Runner up: Thermal Power Station

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Runner up: The 2,919-MW Kansai Himeji No. 2 Thermal Power Station, owned by Kansai Electric Power Co. in Himeji City, Japan</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Kansai Electric Himeji No. 2 Thermal Power Station is a state-of-the-art, combined-cycle plant composed of six single-shaft blocks rated for a total of 2,919 MW. This modern plant replaces Kansai Electric’s 2,550 MW thermal power station, which had been in operations since 1963. The first four units were commissioned two to four months ahead of schedule. The plant uses bottoming cycle technology, and several existing portions of the plant such as the cooling water intake and seawater desalination were effectively refurbished. Each block uses one Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems’ M501J gas turbine, rigidly coupled to a single reheat SRT-50 steam turbine, resulting in a combined cycle efficiency of over 60 percent. The M501J gas turbine features steam-cooled combustors and operates at the turbine inlet temperature of 1,600 degrees Celsius (2,912 degrees Fahrenheit). The new power plant emits 30 percent less CO2 and 85 percent less NOX compared to the original plant. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

04 / 09

Renewable Energy Winner: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Winner: The 392-MW Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert, California</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> After years of development and months of testing, the 392-MW concentrating solar power behemoth known as Ivanpah was officially commissioned in January 2014. It was the recipient of a $168 million loan from Google and a $1.3 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. Ivanpah uses 173,500 heliostat mirrors that focus sunlight on several centralized power towers. The towers generate steam to drive specially adapted 123-MW Siemens steam turbines — the largest fully solar-powered turbines in the world. In order to reduce its environmental impact, Ivanpah also utilizes dry cooling to condense the steam back into water, which minimizes water consumption to just 0.03 gallons of water per kW of electricity generated. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

05 / 09

Renewable Energy Runner up: Arizona Solar One

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Runner up: The 250-MW Arizona Solar One (Solana) in Gila Bend, Arizona</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 250-MW Solana (Arizona Solar One) is the first solar plant in the U.S. with built-in thermal energy storage. The concentrating solar power (CSP) plant near Gila Bend, Arizona and developed by Abengoa S.A. is the largest CSP plant with storage in the world. Solana uses parabolic troughs, which are essentially curved mirrors that concentrate sunlight to heat water that is then fed to a power station. The sunlight heats water in the towers to create steam. The steam then spins a turbine to produce energy. But what makes Solana unique is its thermal energy storage system that uses molten salt to store heat. This system helps stabilize output with more than 1,000 MWh of dispatchable power. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

06 / 09

Coal Winner: Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Winner: The 110-MW Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Boundary Dam Integrated CCS Project will capture up to 90 percent of CO2 emissions and store them permanently underground. In Canada, the current regulation states that coal-fired plants built before 1975 must close by 2020, while units built after 1975 must close by 2030 unless they can emit less than 420 tonnes of CO2 per gigawatt-hour. The Boundary Dam CCS system will allow Unit 3 to continue operations by producing 140 tonnes of CO2 per megawatt-hour, and will allow for the continued use of coal in the province of Saskatchewan. The province’s power needs are expected to increase by close to 30 percent in the next 20 years, and demand will double by 2050. Construction spanned 41 months through three Saskatchewan winters with temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit). </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

07 / 09

Coal Runner up: Columbia Energy Center AQC Retrofit

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Runner up: The 1,025-MW Columbia Energy Center AQC Retrofit in Pardeeville, Wisconsin</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Wisconsin Power and Light Co. selected Black & Veatch (B&V) to be the engineering, procurement, and construction firm for an air quality control retrofit at the Columbia Energy Center’s existing 512-MW and 511-MW subcritical coal-fired units. The project was completed on time with an accelerated schedule, and at a price significantly under budget. Costs were controlled using an open-to-closed-book EPC process and through innovative construction techniques. B&V used integrated phase planning (IPP), which begins with development of an integrated baseline schedule. Work activities that required integration between subcontractors were identified, and subcontractors involved met to develop advanced work plans. Resulting IPP schedules were monitored. Babcock & Wilcox used extensive ground fabrication to move work activities from congested locations high above the ground to more open areas near ground level. Cables were stored and cut offsite and transported to the site as required, minimizing material waste and promoting good planning. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

08 / 09

Nuclear Winner: Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Winner: The 915-MW Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Iran</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Iranian and Russian governments signed an agreement in August 1992 to build and operate a two-unit nuclear plant in Iran. The plant faced a series of delays and was almost abandoned in 2007. By the end of January 2008, Atomstroyexport had delivered the 163 fuel assemblies, plus 17 reserve units for the initial core of Bushehr, totaling 82 tonnes of nuclear fuel. The reactor was due to start up in February 2011, and fuel had been loaded by the beginning of December. However, during the startup process, a 1970s-era pump failed and possibly shed metal particles into the primary cooling system. The fuel was removed, cleaned, and replaced, and the reactor successfully started up on May 8, 2011. It was grid-connected in September 2011 and was expected to enter commercial operation in April 2012, then May 2013. It finally reached commercial operation in September 2013. Rosatom’s unit Atomstroyexport built the VVER-1000 Unit 1 using structures and equipment already in place at Bushehr.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> All work at the plant was done under IAEA safeguards; operations are also under IAEA safeguards. After the unit was connected to the grid, Rosatom said that only a national company could operate the nuclear plant, according to Iranian legislation. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>

09 / 09

Nuclear Runner up: Kudankulam Unit 1

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(231, 235, 237); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;font-size:18px">Runner up: The 1,000-MW Kudankulam Unit 1 in Tamil Nadu, India</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Construction on the 1000-MW Kudankulam 1 nuclear power plant in India began in March 2002. Russia’s Atomstroyexport supplied two VVER-1000 reactors under a Russian-financed 122.9 billion rubles ($3 billion) contract. The AES-92 units at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu state have been built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) and also commissioned and operated by NPCIL under IAEA safeguards. The turbines are made by Leningrad Metal Works. The first unit was due to start supplying power in March 2008. In the latter part of 2011 on into 2012, completion and fuel loading was delayed by public protests, but in March 2012 the state government approved the plant's commissioning and said it would deal with any obstructions. Fuel loading took place in September, and Unit 1 started up in mid-July 2013. The unit was connected to the grid in October 2013 and reached commercial operation in August 2014. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out these other Projects of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"><li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2014/10/a-look-back-the-2013-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2013 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/sept/a-look-back-the-2010-project-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2010 Projects of the Year</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Projects of the Year</a></li></ul> </div>