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PE Volume 101 Issue 6

Solar venture aimsat commercialization

Solarex, a photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, is joining with several utilities in a venture to meet growing customer demand for renewable power, while accelerating the commercial competitiveness of solar electricity. The PV Vendor Assisted Low-cost Utility Enterprise program (PV-VALUE) features cooperation among Solarex, the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group, electric utilities, PV service organizations and the U.S. Department of Energy to buy down the up-front cost of the residential solar electr

COBRA scrubberpilot announced

Scientists from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Tecogen and engineers from Sargent and Lundy are testing a pilot-scale version of a new generation flue-gas scrubber. COBRA, which stands for Copper Oxide Bed Regenerable Application, uses a combination of existing technologies to convert SO2 and NOx into elemental sulfur and pure nitrogen gas. The Illinois Clean Coal Institute reports that the process is more efficient than currently available technologies and produces no waste prod

EVAA, Hydro-Quebecorganize EV symposium

The Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas (EVAA) has selected Montreal, Canada, as the host city for the 17th International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS-17), to be held Oct. 12-18, 2000. The EVS is the world`s largest electric vehicle (EV) event and expects to draw more than 2,000 international visitors to Montreal. EVS-17 will feature an EV parade, press conferences, ride and drives, public expositions and the symposium. EVAA, located in San Francisco, Calif., is an industry associati

Call for papers

A call for papers has been issued for the 1998 International Gas Research Conference (IGRC), to be held Nov. 8-11, 1998, in San Diego, Calif. Held every three years, the IGRC is an international forum for sharing results and information on current worldwide research, development and demonstration projects in all fields related to natural gas. Conference sponsors are the Gas Research Institute, the International Gas Union, the American Gas Association and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Keith station demolished

Ontario Hydro`s J. Clark Keith Generation Station has been demolished by controlled implosion. The four-unit, 252 MW coal-burning Keith Station was placed in service in 1951, but has not operated since 1984 and was declared surplus to the needs of the power system in 1995. "We decided to demolish the station to remove a potential safety hazard and to give ourselves more flexibility to take advantage of future development proposals," said Walter Duma, project manager. Hydro is working on a develo

3 vie for EEI kudo

Three shareholder-owned electric utilities have been named as finalists for the Edison Award. The three are Cinergy Corp., Public Service Co. of Colorado and Southern California Edison. The award is given annually by the Edison Electric Institute to salute the company making the most outstanding contributions to the industry in the past year.

ABB unveils new burner

ABB C-E Services Inc. has unveiled a multifuel, wall-fired burner that will allow power producers with existing wall-fired industrial and utility boilers to reduce NOx emissions without the use of overfire air or flue-gas recirculation.

SRP completesborder study

A new study published by SRP and the Comision Federal de Electricidad seeks to help businesses on both sides of the border take advantage of electric utility deregulation. The report, "Study on legal and regulatory factors affecting cross-border trade in electricity between Mexico and the United States," was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development with assistance from Price Waterhouse, Bechtel and Econergy International. Both governments are in the process of deregulating thei

AlliedSignal patents VOC burning system

AlliedSignal Aerospace has announced a new patent for technology to convert volatile organic compounds (VOC) into energy for industrial power applications. The patented process captures VOC emissions and mixes them with natural gas to fuel a gas turbine engine. The combustion process destroys nearly all of the VOCs, while providing electricity and heat for a plant.

Updated CHAT designs matchcombined cycles blow for blow

Combined-cycle (CC) technology advancement marches along as component technologies improve. In the last year or two, 60 percent CC efficiency has made waves in the industry. However, reliance on this CC technology in baseload or cycling applications is not yet in vogue because some risk is involved in using materials and techniques still in their adolescence. Another advanced technology in which power generators have shown interest is the cascaded humidified advanced turbine (CHAT) cycle develop

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