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PE Volume 106 Issue 8

Three Point Winter Check-Up Will Help Ensure Emergency Starts

Generating sets installed mainly for emergency and standby duty should have health checks during the winter - or whatever part of the year is the most off-peak period - to make sure they will operate correctly when called upon.

Briefly Noted

Georgia's first residential fuel cell has been installed by Flint Energies to provide heat and electricity to its Service Center facility in Warner Robins, Ga. The 5 kW fuel cell, manufactured by Plug Power and purchased from GE Fuel Cell Systems LLC, was installed and commissioned in less than four days.

Computer Simulation Aids in Advancing Fuel Cell Technology

The art and science of computer simulation are just beginning to make important contributions to the development of lower-cost, higher-efficiency, solid-state fuel cell systems, and those contributions are expected to grow rapidly as more accurate and robust models are developed.

B&W Equipment Lift Completed At Black Hills Energy Complex

Barnhart Crane & Rigging recently completed a heavy lift of power equipment for Babcock & Wilcox Co. at the Black Hills Corp. Energy Complex.

Update: Construction and Contracts

Calpine has broken ground on the 600 MW Metcalf Energy Center in San Jose, Calif., with operation expected in the summer of 2004.

Update: Mergers and Acquisitions

Kansas City-based Aquila has agreed to sell its stake in the 180 MW Lockport gas-fired facility near Buffalo, New York to Fortistar Capital Inc.

Senate Approves Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site

By a vote of 60 to 39, the U.S. Senate has approved Nevada's Yucca Mountain as the final storage site for radioactive fuel rods that have been accumulating at the nation's nuclear reactors and bomb production facilities for more than 50 years.

Lightweight Composite Material Could Triple Wind Tower Height

A superstrong composite developed by Brigham Young University might allow construction of wind turbine towers up to three times the height of steel towers typically installed today.

Nuclear Reactions: Tremor Didn’t Shake Faith in Yucca Mountain

On June 14, 2002, an earthquake struck near the site of the proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nev. The press widely reported the incident, and most commentators expected the nuclear industry to run for cover in the light of this apparent "glitch" in the government's plans to dispose of nuclear waste.

Update: Business Briefs

GE Power Systems will eliminate 2,500 jobs in the next nine months, primarily in the turbine production facilities of its Energy Products business, and expects further reductions in late 2003 due to reduction in the demand for power generation equipment.

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