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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

How Coal Plants Can Increase Efficiency and Cut Emissions

How Coal Plants Can Increase Efficiency and Cut Emissions

The latest trend in the coal industry – beyond the gradual decrease in market share thanks to rising use of renewables and natural gas – is emissions regulation. Over the past decade, the American coal power plant fleet has been struggling with reducing carbon emissions… read more

How Challenges in the Energy Industry Impact Power Plant Maintenance

How Challenges in the Energy Industry Impact Power Plant Maintenance

In today’s rapidly transforming environment, the energy industry is facing newer and different challenges than what they’ve faced before. Experts believe that utilities will face more change over the next decade than they have over the past century. Power plant managers probably aren’t surprised to… read more

What a Trump Administration Could Mean for Utility MACT

What a Trump Administration Could Mean for Utility MACT

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued one of the most controversial regulations of the past two decades – the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). MATS, known to many in the industry as Utility MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard), immediately came under… read more