Universal connectivity and the smart grid

Chris O'Dell reports on smart metering and the need for consistent connectivity

Plant availability and safety relies on automation

Generators are investing in advanced automation solutions to keep their plants working at maximum availability and safety

Embedded database at the heart of new smart grid technology

Operators face the challenge of monitoring their performance in real time and optimising the microgrid or cell

Double Drax contract win for Capula

Imtech UK’s Capula business division has won two contracts with Shepherd Engineering Services for work at the Drax Power Station

Engineering Data Management in the Cloud

Cloud technology is a hot topic, along with its associated benefits – and inherent risks. But what is 'the Cloud' exactly, and what impact does it have on Engineering Data Management?

More than 2,000 actuators installed at power station

Variable speed functionality for soft start and stop and an undervoltage performance

Updating control and automation systems at old coal-fired plants

Owners of coal-fired power plants are turning ever more to modern control and automation solutions in an effort to improve boilers, burners and overall plant processes. Sean Ottewell reports.

Magnetic sensor ignores large local fields

Researchers have developed a magnetic sensor that can operate in environments with stray magnetic fields - such as near power cables

$20 million power contract in Albania

Power solutions to strengthen grid, allow country’s electricity transmission network to be integrated with European networ

Precision air/gas flow measurement for coal-fired electric power plants

The rugged MT91 Multi-Point Mass Flow Meter from Fluid Components International (FCI) delivers precision air/gas flow measurement

New age of electric actuation for process control valves

Research, says Chris Warnett, has identified significant enthusiasm for the introduction of viable electric actuation in the control valve market

Tuning a PID controller for digital excitation control

Today's digital excitation systems offer numerous benefits for performance improvements and tuning over its analogue voltage regulator predecessor. Dr Kiyong Kim and Richard C Schaefer report

Digital automation key for greenfield sites and revamps

As the latest contract announcements show, while Far East remains the major player in automation investment Eastern Europe is a lucrative market too. Sean Ottewell reports

Pilot plant tests carbon capture and storgage by oxy-fuel firing

The first pilot plant in the world to demonstrate the technology of oxy-combustion - otherwise known as oxy-fuel firing - for carbon capture and storage is now in operation

Energy management system tracks greenhouse gas emissions

SCADA system evolves with demand to manage and control energy usage across all areas of distributed manufacturing plant



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