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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

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

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

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