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Air Pollution Control: Which System Is Best for Your Plant?

Air Pollution Control: Which System Is Best for Your Plant?

You know that your plant’s emissions must be maintained, but in order to do so, you need to know what your options are—and where to get them. Fortunately, Southern Field offers everything from technical inspection services to in-house air pollution control system design, so we… read more

The Future of Woody Biomass Under Trump

The Future of Woody Biomass Under Trump

Climate-friendly electricity solutions have been debated seemingly since the dawn of time (or at least, the dawn of electricity). Those who argue for the issue say that trees are the most sustainable resource we have, while those who argue against it say that it’s not… read more

What the Clean Energy for America Act Means for Biomass

What the Clean Energy for America Act Means for Biomass

With the recent passing of a $1 trillion Omnibus spending bill with a biomass rider that directs federal agencies to treat forest biomass energy as carbon neutral, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is attempting to level the playing field even more for biomass by introducing the… read more

Boosting Efficiency through Air Preheater Upgrades

Boosting Efficiency through Air Preheater Upgrades

One of a plant operator’s missions is to continually look for ways to boost efficiency, by either optimizing processes or turning to advanced technology. Each component in a power plant can be optimized or upgraded in some way. This especially goes for vital but overlooked… read more

3 Tips for Better Debarker Maintenance

3 Tips for Better Debarker Maintenance

Debarkers are some of the most important pieces of equipment in a lumber mill. As long as they’re running smoothly, the mill will be able to keep up its output. But as soon as something happens to the debarker, everything grinds to a halt. Outages… read more

Improving Combustion Efficiency with Aging Coal Boilers

Improving Combustion Efficiency with Aging Coal Boilers

The average age of a coal boiler system in the U.S. is well in the double-digit range, with many units across the United States approaching their third and fourth decades – and beyond. Replacing older boilers with new, more modern systems is recommended if budgets… read more

Dealing with Steam Turbine Damage Caused by Cycling

Dealing with Steam Turbine Damage Caused by Cycling

Combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in the U.S. have undergone several major changes in operating methodology over the past 20 years. Many of these changes – such as the shift to higher ramp rates – have been due to more competitive markets and… read more

Why Steam Turbines Usually Break

Why Steam Turbines Usually Break

Steam turbines are the engines that drive electricity generation at a power plant, and as such are some of the most important, mission-critical components in a plant. But many plants have had problems with their steam turbines over the years, requiring retrofits, upgrades, repairs, or… read more

3 Often Overlooked Balance of Plant Areas that Need Maintenance

3 Often Overlooked Balance of Plant Areas that Need Maintenance

Much of what power plant operators think of when they plan regular power plant maintenance involves the power generating units themselves – namely, boilers and generators. However, plants don’t place nearly as much attention on maintaining and inspecting the support systems that enable energy generation,… read more

Job Report: Solving Inefficiency with a Coal Pulverizer System

Job Report: Solving Inefficiency with a Coal Pulverizer System

One common problem coal plant managers experience is inefficiency. Inefficiency causes issues that impact a plant’s bottom line, so one ongoing battle managers face is reducing inefficiency as much as possible. There are many things that can affect inefficiency. One of our clients was experiencing… read more