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December 1, 2013
Petroleum refineries generate power from a number of sources, including cogeneration plants and steam networks. Generally, steam networks use turbines to improve operational reliability, specifically as drivers for rotating equipment. Due to increasing energy costs, it is essential to maximize the power-generation capabilities of steam networks. This article presents a spreadsheet-based optimization model...
April 1, 2013
Many chemical manufacturing processes require large amounts of energy, and chemical companies are faced with the constant challenge of determining how to use that energy as sustainably as possible. More and more chemical companies are prioritizing a range of energy efficiency measures aimed at decreasing energy use and costs while reducing environmental impact. One of the most promising energy-efficiency...
April 1, 2013
The continuing development of natural gas extraction from shale deposits, known simply as shale gas, is fueling the growth of simple- and combined-cycle power plants. Much coal-fired power is being replaced by these technologies. In addition, though, simple- and combined-cycle units are well suited for power and steam production at industrial facilities.   The combustion turbine Back in the heyday of...
November 1, 2012
For oil-and-gas and power-generation applications, the RB211 gas-turbine systems have already proven themselves, with more than 700 units now recording over 30 million...
December 1, 2011
Modernizing the world’s power grids represents a key infrastructure goal for economic growth. Large-scale, energy-storage technologies offer the opportunity to optimize the efficiency of the next-generation power grid and extend its capabilities. Renewed attention on energy storage systems for the grid has given rise to a host of emerging technologies aimed at more effectively transmitting...
October 4, 2011
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.; and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, Ill.; have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a multi-year research collaboration to jointly develop the next generation of materials for advanced battery technologies. Dow and Argonne will be collaborating on several new materials...
July 1, 2011
Metso (Helsinki, Finland; is supplying a 140-MWth biogasification plant to Vaskiluodon Voima Oy in Vaasa, Finland. When it starts up in December 2012, the €40-million gasification plant, which will be located next to the existing 565-MW coal-fired power plant, will convert biomass (mainly forest residues) into a so-called biogas that can be combusted with coal. The gasification facility...
May 20, 2011
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; has commissioned its first DynaPeaQ energy storage installation for U.K. Power Networks at a site north of Hemsby in Norfolk, England. DynaPeaQ was recently launched by ABB and is part of its family of FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems). It is an innovative combination of SVC Light (static var compensator) technology with a highly scalable...
May 1, 2011
Gas turbines are widely used throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) — especially in petroleum refineries and petrochemical facilities — to provide both mechanical-drive and power-generation capabilities. Presented below are a variety of recommendations related to the selection and arrangement of gas turbines and auxiliaries, performance testing, and proper operation and maintenance of...
April 12, 2011
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif; announced today that the 6.5-MW cogeneration facility it designed and built for Oregon State University (OSU) has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. This rating is the highest achievable level of LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making the OSU Energy Center the...
March 28, 2011
The M16 powerfast wiring system (photo) is designed for machine power distribution and motor control. The quick-connect system provides a time- and cost-saving replacement for traditional hardwiring installations and complies with NFPA 79 (National...
March 28, 2011
The Megawatter platform is a commercial implementation of Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) technology for direct electricity or hydrogen generation on a large scale, while using wastewater as fuel by treating the organic materials...
March 28, 2011
The IndustrialIT cpmPlus Energy Manager software is offered to help users monitor, manage and optimize energy usage for maximum efficiency and cost savings. Energy Manager includes tools for planning and scheduling, energy-balance...
March 28, 2011
Phoenix Contact Surgetrab surge-voltage-protection devices (photo) are for all commonly used standard signals that are installed with connection threads...
March 28, 2011
The XR360 is the latest technology for accelerated exposure testing of complete photovoltaic (PV) modules. The unit integrates recent developments in environmental-chamber and...
March 16, 2011
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; has agreed to buy a 35% stake in Novatec Solar (formerly Novatec Biosol), an innovative, concentrated-solar-power (CSP) technology company based in Karlsruhe, Germany. The investment includes an option to acquire 100% of Novatec Solar and an agreement to cooperate on future solar-power-plant projects. The companies agreed not to disclose financial details of the...
July 2, 2010
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland;  has won an order worth $50 million from Actelios SpA, through its subsidiary Actelios Solar SpA, in Italy to supply three photovoltaic (PV) solar-power plants in western Sicily...
August 1, 2009
Stirling Energy Systems (SES; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Tessera Solar (Houston; recently unveiled four, newly designed solar-power collection dishes at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (Albuquerque, N.M.). The refined design of SunCatchers will be used in commercial-scale deployment of the units in 2010 (see also Solar’s...
July 13, 2009
Along with other industrial companies, Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; is participating in the Desertec initiative to provide sustainable power to Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A corresponding Memorandum of Understanding was signed today in Munich. Environmentally friendly power generated at solar thermal power plants in the Sahara and wind farms in North Africa is to...
June 3, 2009
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; has completed delivery and commissioning of the 1-MW Totana photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in the region of Murcia in Spain. In a year, Totana produces 2.2 GWh of grid-quality electric power and displaces some 1,350 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The turnkey solution was completed in a record time of four months, and is based on ABB’s modular concept...
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