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The Best Power Projects of 2015

01 / 08

Best Natural Gas-Fired Runner Up:

<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:16px"> <b>Panda Temple I & II Power Plant, Temple, Texas</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The 1,516-MW Panda Temple I & II combined-cycle power plant in Texas uses Siemens combustion turbines designed to begin producing electricity in as little as 10 minutes, reach 60 percent load in 20 minutes, and full power in 30 minutes. It is also a zero-discharge facility that uses reclaimed water from local communities and treats it for plant cooling. The consortium of Bechtel and Siemens completed Temple I 18 days ahead of schedule and Temple II three months ahead of schedule. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

02 / 08

Overall Project of the Year and Best Natural Gas-Fired Winner:

<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:16px"> <b>Warren County Power Station, Front Royal, Virginia</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> A joint venture of Zachry and Burns and McDonnell built the 1,346-MW Warren County Power Station using a 3-on-1 configuration with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas’ 501GAC combustion turbines, a 573-MW steam turbine and Alstom heat recovery steam generators. The plant also uses a thermal energy storage system and chillers from DN Tanks and Turbine Air Systems to reduce water use, store energy and reduce its parasitic power load during peak demand. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

03 / 08

Best Coal-Fired 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:16px"> <b>Yeongheung 5 & 6 Power Plant, Yeongheung Island, South Korea</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> A bidding failure led to a six-month delay on construction of units 5 and 6 of the 5,080-MW Yeongheung Generating Station, but a modulation process helped to reduce construction time. Hyundai Engineering Co. was tasked with using bituminous coal in the plant’s design to help lessen opposition as climate change discussions ramped up. The facility also features a 2-MW solar photovoltaic plant, a 12.6-MW small hydro power plant and a 46-MW wind power plant. Plant operator Korea South-East Power Co. built the plant to have the lowest NOx emissions in the world, and to reduce power costs and $10 million in annual transmission costs. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

04 / 08

Best Coal-Fired Project Runner Up:

<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:16px"> <b>La Cygne Retrofit Project, La Cygne, Kansas</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Kansas City Power & Light updated both units’ digital control systems, wet FGD systems, sorbent lime injection systems, mercury removal systems and fabric filters. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas and Kiewit Corp. also installed low-NOx burners and a selective catalytic reduction system on Unit 2. Unit 1 already has an SCR system. The retrofits reduced NOx emissions by more than 50 percent in Unit 2 and SO2 emissions by more than 70 percent for the entire plant. Particulate matter and mercury emissions were reduced below target. The entire project was completed under budget and ahead of schedule. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

05 / 08

Best Nuclear 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:16px"> <b>Cook Nuclear Plant Bridge Crane Installation, Bridgman, Michigan</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Installing a bridge crane while the dual-unit, 2,155-MW Cook nuclear plant was operating saved plant owner and operator American Electric Power $18 million and a week off a planned 2016 refueling outage. Day & Zimmermann used multiple telescoping gantry systems and a hydraulic turntable to safely lift and rotate components for the 250-ton bridge crane. Workers configured the gantry system as an engineered temporary lift assembly that had never been used in this manner during power operation, which made the design less invasive to the plant structure. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

06 / 08

Best Renewable Project Runner Up:

<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:16px"> <b>Topaz Solar Farm, San Luis Obispo County, California</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> Plant controller First Solar completed construction of the 550-MW Topaz Solar Farm in October 2014. The project uses nearly 9 million modules that cover 10 square miles and was financed without a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project incorporates advanced capabilities to support grid stability and reliability. First Solar implemented ways to refine its installation process that resulted in reduced labor hours and construction being completed ahead of time. The project was sold to BHE Renewables in 2012. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

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Best Renewable 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:16px"> <b>Grand Ridge Energy Center, La Salle County, Illinois</b> </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The Grand Ridge Energy Center is a 31.5-MW lithium-ion battery system co-located at Invenergy’s Grand Ridge wind and solar farms in Illinois. The project is the second-largest li-ion battery storage system in the world, and acts as both a generator and a load to provide to grid operator PJM Interconnection. Grand Ridge has 200 MW of wind, 20 MW of solar, and 33 MW of storage. Henkels & McCoy assisted with the project. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>

08 / 08

The Best Power Projects of 2015

<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;"> Seven power projects from around the world were awarded for being the best of the best at the annual awards dinner in Las Vegas, which kicked off Power Generation Week. The four winners and three runners up were recognized in four categories: Best Natural Gas-Fired, Best Coal-Fired, Best Nuclear and Best Renewable. One of the projects also won Best Overall Project of the Year. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px; font-size:20px">Check out past Project of the Year photo galleries:</p> <ul style="margin-left: 60px;"> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2015/11/a-look-back-the-2014-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2014 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/november/2012-projects-of-the-year.html">2012 Project of the Year Award Winners </a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/10/2011-projects-of-the-year-awards.html">2011 Project of the Year Award Winners</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 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.power-eng.com/articles/slideshow/2013/july/2009-projects-of-the-year-award-winners.html">2009 Project of the Year Award Winners</a></li></ul> </div>