Entergy chooses D-SMES
American Superconductor Corp. and GE Industrial Systems announced a follow-on order from Entergy Corp. for two distributed superconducting magnetic energy storage (D-SMES) units to assure power reliability in the Houston, Texas area in the summer of 2002. Entergy is also installing two D-SMES systems to be operational June 1 (at press time) near Houston to assure power reliability in the summer of 2001. D-SMES units are installed in substations within T&D power grids to solve voltage-related problems and to increase power transfer capability of existing grids.
TransAlta installs Praxis SW
TransAlta installed Praxis Engineers Inc.’s next-generation coal-blending technology at its 1340-MW facility in central Washington. TransAlta Centralia Generation LLC, which operates two coal-fired generators, is expected to save $2 million annually from the implementation of Praxis’ advanced, coal-blending software called Coalogic, formerly known as CBAS. Coalogic is the first platform that can dynamically match coal quality to changing operating and market conditions to measurably improve the profitability of power production.
LineSoft expands at AEP
American Electric Power (AEP) will implement LineSoft’s LD-Pro, LD-Field, and LD-StructureCalc software applications throughout its transmission organization. In addition, LineSoft will provide consulting services to AEP’s Transmission Division personnel. LD-Pro, already in use at AEP, automates the design of overhead and underground transmission and distribution lines, from the development and application of design criteria, through detailed analysis, generation of documentation, drawings, maps, specifications, cost estimates, and materials lists.
OPG joins ADA-ES team
Ontario Power Generation (OPG) joined the ADA-ES mercury control project team and will provide funding covering project costs. In October 2000, ADA-ES, an environmental technology and specialty chemical company, began work on a comprehensive mercury emissions control program to evaluate the technology that power generating companies will use to comply with new mercury regulations to be proposed by the U.S. EPA in 2003. This work is being performed under a $6.8 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOE and National Energy Technology Laboratory.
MGE forms industrial alliance
MGE UPS SYSTEMS, provider of power protection backing up the Internet, formed a Facility Solutions Alliance (FSA) to support mission-critical networks and facility operations with power, environmental control and monitoring systems. The Alliance provides customers with a single point-of-contact for one-stop facility design, integration, purchasing and service.
Black & Veatch teams with NeuCo
Black & Veatch combined forces with NeuCo Inc. to create the industry’s first integrated real-time performance monitoring, cost tracking and optimization solution. This business agreement integrates Black & Veatch’s IT solutions for the electric power generation industry into NeuCo’s ProcessLink software architecture. The companies will combine the intellectual property in Black and Veatch’s Online Performance Monitoring (OPM) and Power Plant Desktop (PPD) products with NeuCo’s advanced optimization technology.
SOFC stack fuelled by LPG
A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack using liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as the fuel has been successfully tested by Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL). A kilowatt-class stack was built and run at the company’s Melbourne headquarters and its performance met all expectations. It is an important milestone in the company’s program to develop multi-fuelling capability for SOFC-based systems to operate on hydrocarbon-based liquid fuels including logistic fuels, such as diesel. CFCL is in the product development phase of its stationary power market-entry product, using natural gas as the fuel. CFCL is also continuing with an active program of work to develop further SOFC products to operate on other hydrocarbon-based fuels such as gasoline and diesel, and renewable fuels such as biogas.