Tech Briefs

Waukesha consolidates manufacturing

Waukesha Electric Systems plans to consolidate power transformer production into plants in Wisconsin and North Carolina, closing its facility in Milpitas, Calif., and transferring large power production to its Waukesha, Wis., operations. The Milpitas plant has recently focused on large power transformers used primarily in electric power generation. The company points to a generation market “hit hard by recent turmoil” as a factor in the consolidation.

Catawba, Westinghouse provide training facility

Duke Power and Westinghouse are partnering to provide a training facility on the grounds of the Catawba Nuclear Station and will use existing lab and classroom space. Catawba will also provide some training personnel and the opportunity for participants to gain practical operating experience. Westinghouse will offer technical knowledge, equipment, programs and industry outreach.

GE to provide SCADA

GE Network Solutions has received a contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation to supply a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for an upgrade of the Bureau’s Colorado River storage facility in Page, Arizona. the new SCADA will replace an existing system and will provide operation, remote control and monitoring of the facility’s Glen Canyon hydroelectric plant.

NYPA energizes aquarium

The 105-year-old New York Aquarium now boasts an aquatic life support system powered by fuel cell technology. The New York Power Authority (NYPA) installed a 200kW unit which now supplies 20 percent of the aquarium’s energy needs. The aquarium’s fuel cell is the first installed in Brooklyn by NYPA and produces an additional 700,000 Btu of heat atop its electric output. The heat from the cell will be used to preheat hot water for the administration building boiler and support system tanks. Funding for the $1.1 million project was a collaborative effort between the NYPA, the DOE and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President.

ICF releases study on emissions market

By depleting SO2 allowance banks now, power companies will accelerate their need to spend billions on SO2 controls under impending multipollutant regulation, according to a new study released by ICF Consulting. The study goes on to state that the emphasis on near-term earnings and the continued uncertainty over future air regulations will accelerate the need for SO2 controls and tighten SO2 allowance markets for years to come. ICF predicts that proposed multipollutant regulations such as the Bush Administration’s Clear Skies Initiative will slash the SO2 supply, leaving companies with depleted allowance banks and at the mercy of a very tight market. John Blaney, director of ICF’s energy environmental practice, stated that the company “recommends a buy and hold strategy for SO2 allowances.”

GE Industrial to acquire EURO-DIESEL

GE Industrial Systems, a division of the General Electric Co., has signed a definitive agreement with SEGHERSgroup to purchase EURO-DIESEL, a designer and manufacturer of rotary uninterruptible power supply systems. Expected to close in the third quarter of this year (and subject to regulatory approval), the business will become part of GE Digital Energy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ExxonMobil provides lubrication

The Mobil Turbine Commissioning Program from ExxonMobil provides a lubrication approach for start-up and operation of new power generation plants by marrying initial fill lubrication with value-added services, oil analysis and technical support offerings. To help customers meet OEM requirements and to begin a comprehensive lubrication program for a new installation, the program delivers: product recommendations, turbine lubrication system and turbine oil preparation, initial fill, high velocity oil flushing, disposition of flush oil, additional post-commissioning integrated lubrication services and oil analysis.

Allegheny orders Mobotec system

Allegheny Energy Supply Co. will install Mobotec’s ROFA (rotating opposed fire air) and Rotamix NOx reduction systems on unit 2 of Allegheny’s Fort Martin Generating Station in West Virginia. Unit 2 is a 555 MW Babcock & Wilcox boiler burning pulverized coal. Installation of the Mobotec systems is scheduled for completion by October 2003.

Black & Veatch, Palmdale go renewable

Black & Veatch has been selected by the Palmdale Water District to assist in the development of two renewable energy projects to be located in the California city. The project, which consists of both solar energy and wind energy components, is in the design phase and is expected to reduce the district’s dependency on power from other power providers. Together, the solar and wind systems will contribute about 15 percent of Palmdale Water District’s energy supply.

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