ELECTRIC POWER Show Brings Experts Together and Provides Solutions
The ELECTRIC POWER Conference and Exhibition was held in Nashville, Tennessee, March 19–22. This round-up includes some of the latest technology and detailed insight from experts who gave presentations during the event.
Market for Distributed Gas Generation Continues to Grow
Continued low fuel prices, along with the need for backup generation for renewables, and the flexibility required of today’s power systems, are all reasons there’s a growth market for distributed gas generation. Decentralized, modular, and smaller generators, located close to the load they serve, are a popular choice for a variety of generation applications.
European Advances in Offshore Wind
Europe continues to lead the way in offshore wind energy. This article will look at new schemes in the North Sea off of Germany, and at projects in the UK, Scotland, and Norway, as nations increasingly turn toward larger wind turbines and contemplate turbine replacements. Maintenance challenges and remote monitoring solutions will also be addressed.
Offshore Wind May Finally Be Here (Really)
After years of delays, controversy, and wishful thinking, offshore wind is finally gaining traction in the U.S. Developers up and down the East Coast are excited about prospects and emboldened to finally pull the trigger on long mooted plans. Policy commitments in Massachusetts and New York, especially, are providing new hope for much larger offshore wind energy projects.
Critical for Nuclear Power but in Short Supply: Lithium-7
Lithium-7 is the only non-radioactive isotope chemically qualified to control the pH of coolant water in pressurized water reactors in the U.S. and other Western countries. However, only two suppliers produce the isotope. A malfunction at a Chinese production plant in 2014 showed reliance on that limited supply can cause critical shortages. Is the nuclear industry prepared to deal with another supply disruption?
Immersive Visual Environments and Advanced Analytics Drive Operational Optimization
As data volume, variety, and velocity continue to accelerate, we will increasingly encounter situations where two-dimensional desktop visualization of data is insufficient to convey context for advanced analytics, visualization, and collaboration. Using the latest augmented and virtual reality technologies combined with advanced analytics produces solutions with immersive visualizations that can deliver the information needed to improve operations.
Basics of Sound and Noise Propagation
Sound and noise propagation evaluation is a complex and specialized subject encountered to some degree in all types of power plant systems. This article provides the fundamental tools needed for sound and noise analysis including the terminology and basic equations used in propagation studies.
Innovative Tool Monitors for Damaging Impacts and Vibration
The safe transportation of transformers, gas turbines, generators, and other electrical equipment is a vital component to suppliers’ current business and future growth. Equipment is often exposed to impact and vibrations during transport, which must be closely examined. Damage, some of which can’t be seen by the naked eye, can lead to pricey returns and repairs.
Energy Storage in Focus
Energy storage is widely seen as a key to integrating more renewable energy into the power system. Battery systems have evolved and prices are decreasing, but research is also being done on a variety of other techniques. For example, using renewable energy to generate hydrogen for both storage and as a feedstock was a consistent theme during the recent International Renewable Energy Storage (IRES) Conference.