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PE Volume 122 Issue 3

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Tesla Plans to Triple Energy Storage Deployments in 2018

Tesla plans to triple the volume of its energy deployments this year compared to last year.

Conveying Water in Steep Heights

Water conveyance for hydropower in the high mountains of the Andes is often a technical challenge and, in many cases, can result in greater construction costs. One company successfully designed a hydropower project that overcame these challenges with a steel penstock installation and other innovative engineering technologies.

An Advancement in Steam Turbine Chemistry Monitoring

Even minor traces of chloride, sulfate, and sodium hydroxide can cause severe problems in steam systems, and especially turbines. In the case of sodium hydroxide, stress corrosion cracking of turbine blades and rotors may occur very rapidly.

Development of a Water Conservation Plan for a Wisconsin Utility

Power producers require a practical plan for analyzing and optimizing a plant’s water usage and minimizing its wastewater production. This article explores the challenges created by new regulations, limited water resources and new priorities and standards.

Excellence Through Data-Driven Insight

Wisconsin Energy invested US$3b in new power plants with a total capacity of 2,800 MW, US$1.3 billion to upgrade existing power plants and US$2.7 billion to upgrade the distribution system.

World’s First Coal to Biomass Conversion Using Advanced Wood Pellets

In 2015, a coal-fired unit in Canada was successfully converted to burn thermally upgraded wood pellets. The first-of-a-kind project was executed with a capital cost of about $30 per kilowatt and has demonstrated its feasibility at full scale.

Drone Inspections

HRSG Maintenance from a Bird’s Eye View

NSR Developments: EPA Returns Its Own Serve

The award for the EPA regulation with the best intentions but the poorest execution goes to the New Source Review (NSR) program. Its vague and imprecise language (such as not defining “routine”) has left the rule subject to political whims.

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