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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

Specifying linings for industrial kilns and furnaces

When specifying insulating materials for use as back-up lining in kilns and furnaces designers and specifiers must ensure their system delivers optimum long-term performance. Dave Barrington 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

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

£50,000 for British Paralympic Association

Money raised through fundraising and sponsorship of EDF and Brammer

Maintenance key to plant life extension

Serious investment is being made in maintenance and refurbishment of power generating plant as the world's demand for electricity continues to grow. Sean Ottewell reports

Calibration workstation for power station

Beamex equips Scotland's largest power station with a high quality, customised calibration facility for maintenance workshop

Choosing the right type of filter for the right application

Governments are now urging industries to master the fundamentals of energy efficiency and increase their ‘greenness’. Peter Sandberg reports.

Actuators for solar-tracking mechanisms

A range of electric linear actuators has been designed for use in solar power systems to track the sun and maximise efficiency

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