ABB publishes energy efficiency handbook for fossil fuel power plants

Las Vegas, December 8, 2009 — Power and automation technology group ABB published a manual titled “Energy Efficient Design of Auxiliary Systems in Fossil-Fuel Power Plants.”

It targets the power generation sector and highlights technologies that increase energy efficiency and plant output while reducing the carbon dioxide emissions that are a byproduct.

About 70 percent of the world’s power plants use fossil fuels like coal, natural gas or oil to generate electrical power. Increased global awareness of greenhouse gas emissions and the climate change challenge make the new manual a timely reference book.

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Auxiliary systems form a major part of a power plant’s operations and include power consuming applications like pumps, fans, motors, drives and electrical balance of plant, as well as instrumentation, control and optimization systems. These systems typically consume between seven and 15 percent of the power generated by a fossil-fuel power plant.

The manual is comprised of design and engineering guidelines to improve energy efficiency in each part of a facility, both in new and existing plants. Several case studies are also provided and an entire module is devoted to costs, benefits and estimated return on investment for the various technologies.

For copies of this manual, contact an ABB account manager or the Marketing Department for ABB Power Generation in North America at:

ABB is a power and automation technologies company that enables utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The company’s North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 15,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other facilities.


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