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Proactive Maintenance: Which is better?

Proactive Maintenance: Which is better?

Maintenance in all facilities – whether it’s a power plant, a steel plant, a paper mill, cement plant, etc. – is either preventative or reactive in nature. Many maintenance managers are reactive in that they run on a philosophy of run-to-failure, which means running a… read more

Neglecting Equipment Coating Systems Can Cost Money

Neglecting Equipment Coating Systems Can Cost Money

In a typical power plant, there are a million and one things that need to be watched, maintained, and repaired if necessary. Most of us pay special attention to the major systems and their critical components. But one often-overlooked component is equipment coating systems. The… read more

How Can Plant Maintenance Improve Heat Rate and Thermal Efficiency?

How Can Plant Maintenance Improve Heat Rate and Thermal Efficiency?

Heat rate improvement and thermal efficiency enhancement is the name of the game for power plants today. With each percentage point of improvement, a plant gains bottom-line benefits that justify the investment of the improvements. But big capital projects aren’t the only initiatives that can… read more

Co-Firing and International Climate Goals

Co-Firing and International Climate Goals

One of the many ideas presented at the climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, was that of co-firing biomass and coal in order to potentially decrease CO2 emissions and increase efficiency. Could it be effective? Some say yes, but others aren’t so optimistic. A Divided Opinion… read more

BACT Pollution Standards, Simplified

BACT Pollution Standards, Simplified

BACT (Best Available Control Technology) standards are a part of every industrial plant manager’s life. As a part of the Clean Air Act, these standards require industries to implement the best possible technology in order to take pollutants out of their emissions stream. Because they’re… read more

Two Ways to Manage Waste for Pulp and Paper Mills

Two Ways to Manage Waste for Pulp and Paper Mills

The pulp and paper industry produces some of the greatest amounts of waste across the industrial sector. This is due to the high amount of water and energy used in the production process. Each production step generates its own waste, and each one poses a… read more

Keeping Biomass Emissions to a Minimum

Keeping Biomass Emissions to a Minimum

In a world where emissions regulations are the norm and biomass plants are facing the strictest anti-emissions policies in history, keeping your plant in compliance is vital. But it’s hard to balance emissions compliance and plant efficiency, so what’s a plant manager to do? Read… read more

Fuel Blending and Better Biogas Operations

Fuel Blending and Better Biogas Operations

The production of biogas depends on feedstock and environmental conditions, like temperature. For those who are looking for a more consistent supply of heat and power within the commercial or industrial context, this kind of variability can pose a substantial challenge. One potential solution is… read more

Biomass and Artificial Intelligence: An Unlikely Partnership

Biomass and Artificial Intelligence: An Unlikely Partnership

Thanks to an intelligence-based control system and researchers at Idaho National Laboratory’s bioenergy program, the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment has increased more than 50 percent. Keep reading to learn more about this improvement! The Basics of Preprocessing Before their conversion into fuels and products,… read more