EPA’s Clean Power Plan is only a 'start'

It seems a foregone conclusion that we’re going to go with the “natural gas is a bridge fuel” logic, because it fits the current political narrative.  I’d like to put this into perspective.
 
This approach puts us on the “Coal-to-gas shift” initiative, underlined in red, below:

Steep fall in US wind capacity addition

It has been a rough period for the American wind industry. After several record setting years, uncertainties surrounding renewable subsidies led to a massive drop in wind capacity additions. A peak of 13,131 MW of added capacity in 2012 fell to only 1,087 in 2013.

M501J turbines power combined cycle operation at Korea’s Yulchon II plant

The commencement of gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation at the Yulchon II power plant (Yulchon II) recently, marked the first GTCC operation of the J-Series turbines outside of Japan. Yulchon II is a 946.3MW GTCC power plant built by MPC Yulchon in Jeollanam-do, in which the M501J gas turbines are the heart of the GTCC.

Siemens H class turbines to power Petronas project in Malaysia

Siemens, in a consortium with MMC Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (MMCES) of Malaysia, has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Pengerang Co-generation Plant (PCP) in Malaysia. The order comes from Malaysia's state-owned petroleum corporation, Petronas.

The PCP is expected to produce approximately 1,220 MW of power and up to 1,480 tons per hour of steam for the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), Petronas' mega development in Pengerang, Southern Johor.

Metrix Setpoint to use PI System for data archiving

Metrix Setpoint recently announced that it has entered into an OEM partnership agreement with OSIsoft, producer of the PI System, the industry's real-time infrastructure for streaming data and events.  Setpoint CMS software will use OSIsoft's PI System technology for its underlying data infrastructure.

The Metrix Setpoint system is said to be one of the first to use the PI System to archive the overall vibration trends, high-speed waveform data and 80ms fast trend data, eliminating the need for a separate, stand-alone condition monitoring software environment.

ExxonMobil launches new high-performance gas turbine oil for power sector

ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants has launched its new product Mobil DTE 732 M, a specially formulated high-performance turbine oil, as part of its lubricants product line.

ADT to unveil new design optimization methods at ASME Turbo Expo 2014

Advanced Design Technology, Ltd. (ADT), developer of advanced turbomachinery design methods, is planning to demonstrate the TURBOdesign Suite and its three-dimensional (3D) inverse design optimization capabilities for superior turbomachinery performances at the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Turbo Expo 2014.

The company is expected to exhibit in Booth 505 at the expo that is scheduled for June 16-20, at the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf, Germany.

Alliant Energy begins work on 650 MW combined-cycle power plant

Alliant Energy's Iowa utility recently received all of the necessary regulatory approvals and permits to issue a Full Notice to Proceed (FNTP) for construction of the Marshalltown Generating Station (MGS). The company's approximate 650 MW, combined-cycle natural gas-fueled station is underway and the MGS, located in Marshalltown, is expected to power more than 500,000 homes when commercially operable. 

Transforming control systems to improve functionality and security

Control systems technology offers more form factor versatility today than previous generations. New communications buses, diverse chip technology, higher speed networks, and less burdensome equipment have transformed control systems from the limitations of the chassis backplanes to a dedicated component design.

Performance and mechanical running tests of centrifugal compressors – III

HOW THE TESTS ARE DONE

A radially split type compressor is set up for shop tests. Various spectral plots are generated during mechanical running test of the compressor. The compressor is installed on baseplate after test.

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