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Control and automation key to successful plant operation

Sean Ottewell reports on how optimum electrical generation relies on the latest automation and control solutions

Benefits of dry air protection

Desiccant dehumidification protect’s steam components, water quality improves, and there is less risk of corroded tubes and breakage

Metal matrix composite technology

Ken Birchett outlines a solution to improve the grinding element lifetime for pulverised coal-fired thermal power stations in India

Re-using waste heat

Jeroen van Ruitenbeek and Johan van der Kamp look at the efficient use of waste heat in combined heat and power systems

Maintenance and operations key to efficient energy production

The need for power plants to be reliable, flexible and efficient is driving demand for maintenance and operations services and technologies

Using split roller bearings in coal-fired power stations can save time and money

Revolvo has developed special labyrinth seals; efficient maintenance is key to running a profitable power station

Package substation and 36kV ring main unit

The substation is pre-assembled for quick and seamless installation; Ring Main Unit designed to be maintenance-free

Grinding elements maximise pulveriser operating

Wear characteristics and design optimisation of grinding elements for vertical mills. Ken Birchett reports

The advantages of repair and wear protection

Repair and wear protection of plant can be more cost-effective than buying new in an adverse economic climate

Meeting the challenge of operational excellence

Operational excellence and sustainability are major goals for modern power plants and are being achieved both by modernisation of existing facilities and new builds. Sean Ottewell reports

Understanding the importance of cable cleats

Cable cleats should be regarded as a vital element of any cabling installation, says Richard Shaw.

Laser solution for power plants slowed by slagging

A new optical technology uses artificial intelligence to allow operators to make rapid adjustments and prevent costly ash accumulation in boilers

Burner wear components for coal fired power plants

Robert Howard describes the negative impact of eroded and deformed burner nozzles and core air tubes

Efficiency the target for maintenance and repair

When it comes to overhauls, repairs and replacements, power generators are focusing on solutions that can offer improved efficiencies. Sean Ottewell reports

District heating system with intelligent leak protection

An innovative combination of heat meters with leak surveillance and an automatic leak protection system results in higher energy efficiency and optimised customer service. Gert Skriver reports

Actuators offer significant torque advancement

AUMA is extending its portfolio of modular electric actuators to include an SQ .2 part-turn range for butterfly and ball valve automation

Subsidies: a platform for innovation

Femke Schaefer and G Bertels consider results from the Dutch Economic Subsidy Programme concerning innovation and energy

Power station saves £350,000 on oil costs with drives

Aberthaw Power Station in Wales is saving £350,000 a year on its oil costs following the installation of ABB variable-speed drives

Condition monitoring provides 30 per cent more cooling tower uptime

Engineers can assess the real-time performance and functionality of 12 large diameter cooling fans

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