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PE Volume 106 Issue 3

Preliminary Study Findings Suggest Utility Support of DG

Initial findings from a new study of utility companies indicate that North American utilities are considering and making plans for a role for distributed generation equipment in their service areas.

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Plug Power and partner Vaillant GmbH have installed the first European conformity certified proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell appliance in Europe.

DOE's Freedom Car Program Might Accelerate Stationary Fuel Cells Too

According to energy technology market and research firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC), DOE's recently announced $1.5 billion funding of a Freedom Car could stimulate the marketplace for stationary fuels cells as well, albeit somewhat indirectly.

All FuelCell Energy Deliveries Will Be Made Despite Explosion

January's explosion at FuelCell Energy's Torington, Conn. manufacturing plant, caused a brief delay in shipments, but the company expects to make all deliveries planned for the year.

Tapping Top Talent Key to Success in Independent Power

Bill Gates has said, "Take our 20 best people and virtually overnight we become a mediocre company."

North Dakota Research Project Could Increase Lignite Marketability

Lignite is noted primarily for its low heating value relative to bituminous coals, typically in the range of 6,200-7,200 Btu/lb.

Superstition Ain’t the Way

"When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain't the way."

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AmerenUE has joined the ECO Development Partner Program to further testing and deployment of ECO technology.

Technique Sees Through Corrosion and Slag To Measure Boiler Tube Thickness

Nondestructive testing is an essential tool in predicting the life of boiler tubes, whose failures are the major factor in unscheduled outages costing electric power producers more than $5 billion a year in repair costs and lost revenue.

Sorbent Injection Mercury Reduction Testing Continues

Wisconsin Electric-Wisconsin Gas (WE-WG) and ADA Environmental Solutions (ADA-ES) have released preliminary findings from one of the nation's first full-scale tests of carbon injection to control power plant mercury emissions.

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