Electrical Power Articles

  • Luminant Oak Grove Power Station - Case Study

    Powering Texas Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH) -which owns competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries in Texas -is the largest electricity generator in Texas. Unit two of the Oak Grove Power plant near Franklin in Robertson County, TX went online in the middle of 2010. Fluor, the project’s EPC company, completed the plant in 35 months and used ...

  • GTI’s Cover Crucial Part of Slave Lake Pulp’s Biomethanation and Power Generation Project

    The Customer: Slave Lake Pulp, a subsidiary of West Fraser Mills Ltd., is a 240,000-tonne-per-year Bleached-Chemi-Thermo-Mechanical Pulp (BCTMP) mill located in northern Alberta, Canada. The mill primarily processes aspen to produce market pulp for the global market. The Customer’s Needs: Slave Lake Pulp was treating its high-strength wastewater in a ...

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

    Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage is ...

  • Study of different carbon materials for their use as bioanodes in microbial fuel cells

    Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are capable of removing the organic matter contained in water while generating a certain amount of electrical power at the same time. One of the most important aspects in the operation of MFCs is the formation of biofilms on the anode. Here, we report the characterization of different carbon electrodes and biofilm using a rapid and easy methodology for the growth of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Brazos Electric Generation Facility and Fractional Electrodeionization (FEDI®)

    Overview Brazos Electric Cooperative Power Plant in Cleburne, TX is a nominal 258 MW combined cycle gas fired power plant operating on AGC (Automatic Generation Control) load requirements. The plant uses approximately 54 million gallons of water per year for boiler feed water and NOx control of its combustion turbine. The power plant was originally commissioned in 1997. The ...


    By QUA Group LLC

  • What will it take to integrate renewables into the power grid? Ask a bicyclist.

    When it comes to fitting into the current system, bike commuters and electrons have a lot in common. There’s nothing quite like biking down clogged city streets, weaving in and out of traffic. For short distances, it’s faster than driving. It’s liberating. It’s fun. It also makes it painfully clear that most roads ...


    By Ensia

  • One year full-scale study of Ozone Cooling Water Treatment at a German Electric Power Station

    This paper presents the operating results of ozone treatment of the water in a cooling system with an open loop containing the following elements: Main cooling water pumps Cooling water storage tanks Distribution manifold to cooling water users Cooling water collecting basins Cooling water recycling pumps Cooling tower The system ...


    By Absolute Systems Inc.

  • Are self-driving vehicles good for the environment?

    Autonomous transportation has lots of advantages. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions could be one of them. Can autonomous cars be a boon for the environment? The transportation sector is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for 27 ...


    By Ensia

  • Denmark generates 140% of energy from wind power

    On July 09, 2015, Denmark reached a renewable energy milestone by becoming the first country to generate 140% of its energy needs with wind power. According to The Guardian, the surplus energy was redistributed to neighboring Germany, Norway, and Sweden. The ...


    By XPRT Media

  • The challenge — and opportunity — of powering Sub-Saharan Africa

    Across sub-Saharan Africa, 620 million people — 60 percent of the region’s population — lack access to electricity, according to the African Development Bank. As this infographic reveals, the current picture of electrical generation in the region includes substantial variation in grid-based capacity and a diverse mix of energy sources. As ...


    By Ensia

  • The Economics of Grid defection

    Distributed electricity generation, especially solar PV, is rapidly spreading and getting much cheaper. Distributed electricity storage is doing the same, thanks largely to mass production of batteries for electric vehicles. Solar power is already starting to erode some utilities' sales and revenues. But what happens when solar and batteries join forces? Together they can make the electric grid ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • Proton Power 25m3 DIY Syngas Storage

    Based in Tennessee USA Proton Power Inc. (PPI) was founded by 2 remarkable entrepreneurs with previous successes in such diverse areas as aircraft brakes and neutron absorbers (don’t ask!). With this kind of history we knew their requirement was going to be beyond our usual scope. We weren’t wrong - they requested a 25m3 Base gas holder in which to store a syngas mixture with high ...


    By Base Structures Ltd

  • How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

    Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet. In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power ...


    By Ensia

  • Intelex Blog: Electric Utilities & Safety Culture in an Aging Workforce

    Electrical power-line installers and repairers regularly appear on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ list of the top ten most dangerous jobs. According to the Fallen Linemen Organizationan average of 45 linemen a year lose their lives on the job in the U.S. alone. This is despite a workforce that is predominantly made up of seasoned professionals. But ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Knowing power grids and understanding complexity science

    Complex networks theory has been well established as a useful framework for studying and analysing structure, dynamics and evolution of many complex systems. Infrastructural and man–made systems like power grids, gas and water networks and the internet, have been also included in this network framework, albeit sometimes ignoring the huge historical body of knowledge surrounding them. Although ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Zimbabwe Power Market Q1 2015 Analysis

    The outlook for Zimbabwe's power sector is moderate, but market opportunities for private investors are limited. On the upside, a number of major projects will boost generation to 15.7TWh by 2023, up from 8.7TWh in 2015, mainly by exploiting coal and hydropower. This will be underpinned by a steady rise in demand for electricity, from13.3TWh to 21.4TWh over our forecast period, as the ...


  • Mexico Power Report Q2 2015

    We maintain our bright outlook for Mexico's power sector, premised on the liberalisation of the Mexican power and hydrocarbon markets and the country's positive macroeconomic trajectory. We forecast total power generation to rise by 3.4% in 2015 and we expect it to expand by an annual average of 3.5% until 2024, driven by growing private investment in the generation and transmission ...


  • Nuclear–powered unmanned aerial vehicles for science, industry and telecommunications

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) suffer from limitations on flight persistence and on electrical power for avionics and payload systems. Both limitations may be effectively lifted by the use of an on–board nuclear engine, which will open up the horizon for further UAV applications in science and industry. Nuclear–powered UAVs were studied in the USA by Sandia and Northrop Grumman. While the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Many hamsters: how the EU can enable private firms to provide renewable energy

    This paper investigates the energy investment needs of the European Union (EU), including renewable energy. Europe currently has little or no economic growth, and interest rates are expected to rise. Given the state of many EU countries' economies, this is a good time to encourage investment because - according to Keynesian economics - extra spending can stimulate economic activity. The current ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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