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Next generation bearing technology for gas-fired power station

Jessica Whelan and Richard Livermore-Hardy look at new large tilting pad radial bearings designed to further improve safety margins

Water treatment systems for cooling towers

New controlling technology enhances process efficiency and profitability of water treatment systems in cooling towers

Rising oil prices force harder focus on biofuels

As oil prices rise, biofuels are attracting ever more investment. The challenge now is to be able to extract enough oil from them at a price that is competitive enough to make commercial production viable. Sean Ottewell reports.

Power plant produces more electricity with variable speed drives

A Swedish energy company has increased the amount of energy it can sell by 35 GWh/year thanks to the installation of ABB medium voltage drives

Increase efficiency, decrease environmental impact

If the lifetime of a repaired part can be increased over that of a new part, plant performance and availability can also be improved, leading to significant energy savings and carbon generation.

1970s power plant makes way for cleaner energy

A 1970s oil-fired power plant is to be demolished to make-way for a modern CHP power plant on the same site, allowing the group to produce cleaner, more environmentally-friendly energy

Coal-fired technologies attract major investment

New processes to combust coal more effectively and collect carbon dioxide economically have attracted investments worth billions of Euros

Wear Protection: Increasing machinery lifetime with ultra-wear resistant coatings

Dr Gary Heath looks at products available to support maintenance managers in their daily fight against wear

Improved sustainability in the power market

Today's power market is characterised by extremes. Lots of energy is required, resources are becoming scarce and more expensive and on that top of that waste regulations are becoming increasingly stricter. Femke Schaefer reports

Specialist maintenance companies provide comprehensive solutions

As downtime costs money, maintenance strategies have to be carefully planned and involve experienced specialists. Eugene McCarthy reports

Power for mobile applications

Robust plug connectors are designed for demanding applications with high power levels

Silicon carbide burner components boost plant life

Robert Howard describes how silicon carbide burner components are a proven technology for coal fired power plants

Variable speed drives reduce maintenance and boost efficiency

Variable speed drives (VSDs) have dramatic impacts on plant maintenance - and on plant efficiencies. Sean Ottewell reports

The energy complaints carol

Crying out for energy companies to hear his message, the UK's Energy Ombudsman has joined a choir of ombuds-angels to sing for change

Fuel skid

Young and Franklin has assembled a fuel skid comprised of four YF 3010E500 Series Electromechanically Actuated Gas Control Valve Assemblies

Positive displacement blowers/exhausters

Blowers/exhausters which have been designed and manufactured to handle variable pressures with constant volumes, at pressures from 69 to 1379mbar

Enhanced data communication

A Modbus loop initiative advances AUMA’s modular actuation solution

Wear Protection: New wear and corrosion preventative solutions increase power plant life

Many new innovative products have been developed that help maintenance departments extend the life of critical power plant components. Dr Gary R Heath reports

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