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    • 21 May 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Early Detection of Heat Recovery Steam Generator Tube Leaks

    A NACE International paper, HRSG Tube Failures: Prediction, Diagnosis and Corrective Actions highlights the challenge of these failures: Many HRSGs were originally designed for base load operation. Recent economic factors have led to drastically increased cycling of many units. This has exacerbated the rate of failures. These leaks can lead to forced outages that create associated costs including fines, lost time...
    • 14 Mar 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Digital Transformation in Electrical Power Industry

    Today is Power day at CERAWeek 2019 where the focus is on the electrical power generators and distributors bringing electricity to our homes and businesses. Like the other industries this week, digital transformation initiatives are on their minds. In a panel, Power: Realizing value from digital transformation, Emerson’s Bob Yeager discussed the use of digital technologies to help predict, manage, and control complex...
    • 14 Mar 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Digital Transformation in Electrical Power Industry

    Today is Power day at CERAWeek 2019 where the focus is on the electrical power generators and distributors bringing electricity to our homes and businesses. Like the other industries this week, digital transformation initiatives are on their minds. In a panel, Power: Realizing value from digital transformation, Emerson’s Bob Yeager discussed the use of digital technologies to help predict, manage, and control complex...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Balancing Natural Gas and Renewable Sources of Power Generation

    Renewable sources of energy continue to grow as a percentage of energy provided to electrical power grids. In a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Renewables & Gas Integration: Is there an efficient frontier?, Emerson’s Bob Yeager shared his perspectives on the role of technology and automation in managing this energy mix. Panel moderator, IHS Markit’s Tim Gardner open by showing some statistics on how the incremental costs of adding...
    • 13 Mar 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Balancing Natural Gas and Renewable Sources of Power Generation

    Renewable sources of energy continue to grow as a percentage of energy provided to electrical power grids. In a CERAWeek 2019 panel, Renewables & Gas Integration: Is there an efficient frontier?, Emerson’s Bob Yeager shared his perspectives on the role of technology and automation in managing this energy mix. Panel moderator, IHS Markit’s Tim Gardner open by showing some statistics on how the incremental costs of adding...
    • 17 Jan 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Integrated Simulation for Power Generation Digital Transformation

    We hear the phrase “Digital Transformation” bandied about across the manufacturing industries. For each segment it can mean something different. At this past December’s Power-Gen conference , president of Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business’ Bob Yeager gave the keynote address. In his presentation, Digital Transformation of Power: From Concept to Reality , Bob described 3 key reasons why electrical power producers...
    • 17 Jan 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: Integrated Simulation for Power Generation Digital Transformation

    We hear the phrase “Digital Transformation” bandied about across the manufacturing industries. For each segment it can mean something different. At this past December’s Power-Gen conference , president of Emerson’s Power & Water Solutions business’ Bob Yeager gave the keynote address. In his presentation, Digital Transformation of Power: From Concept to Reality , Bob described 3 key reasons why electrical power producers...
    • 3 Jan 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: 3 Steps to Better Steam Temperature Control

    Optimizing steam temperature reduces energy costs and increases operational reliability. In an 18-minute webcast, 3 Steps to Better Steam Temperature Control , Emerson’s Douglas Morris shares how advanced steam control for boilers and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) improves performance. Doug shares how to effectively validate critical steam measurements, ensure optimal steam attemperation, and improve control...
    • 3 Jan 2019

    Alternative Energy Blog: 3 Steps to Better Steam Temperature Control

    Optimizing steam temperature reduces energy costs and increases operational reliability. In an 18-minute webcast, 3 Steps to Better Steam Temperature Control , Emerson’s Douglas Morris shares how advanced steam control for boilers and heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) improves performance. Doug shares how to effectively validate critical steam measurements, ensure optimal steam attemperation, and improve control...
    • 16 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Prevent Valve Delamination in Conventional Power Plants

    Author: Paolo Tomaini Conventional power plants are being disrupted by an increasing demand for renewable energy. The priority in providing energy to the grid associated with the intermittent intrinsic nature of the renewable energy output is creating a shift from base-load power down to cycling in traditional plants and causing failures. The demand for renewables is only expected to grow over the next few decades...
    • 16 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Prevent Valve Delamination in Conventional Power Plants

    Author: Paolo Tomaini Conventional power plants are being disrupted by an increasing demand for renewable energy. The priority in providing energy to the grid associated with the intermittent intrinsic nature of the renewable energy output is creating a shift from base-load power down to cycling in traditional plants and causing failures. The demand for renewables is only expected to grow over the next few decades...
    • 13 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: What Digital Transformation Could Mean for a Combined Cycle Plant

    Author: Douglas Morris The growth of renewables and distributed energy resources are challenging the traditional economic models of the utility industry. A growing school of thought in power generation is that embracing some form of digital transformation could very well provide an avenue for better economics. The problem is, though, that digital transformation has been ill defined and the focus is on “the technology...
    • 13 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: What Digital Transformation Could Mean for a Combined Cycle Plant

    Author: Douglas Morris The growth of renewables and distributed energy resources are challenging the traditional economic models of the utility industry. A growing school of thought in power generation is that embracing some form of digital transformation could very well provide an avenue for better economics. The problem is, though, that digital transformation has been ill defined and the focus is on “the technology...
    • 6 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Digital Technologies for Improving Power Plant Operations

    Author: Douglas Morris There’s a lot of talk in the industry about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital transformation, and digital technologies. There is enough interest, though, among utility executives in the promise of digital technologies–which typically includes some combination of wired and wireless sensors for monitoring, sophisticated algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence...
    • 6 Nov 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Digital Technologies for Improving Power Plant Operations

    Author: Douglas Morris There’s a lot of talk in the industry about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital transformation, and digital technologies. There is enough interest, though, among utility executives in the promise of digital technologies–which typically includes some combination of wired and wireless sensors for monitoring, sophisticated algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence...
    • 29 Oct 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Enabling Seamless and Scalable Distributed Control and SCADA Solutions at Photovoltaic Power Stations

    Authors: Tom Snowden , Greg Schirm Photovoltaic power stations (or solar parks) have traditionally used PLCs as their preferred control devices. Size, ruggedness, and cost are often cited as reasons for using PLCs. With the release of the Ovation Compact Controller , Emerson is merging the scalability of PLCs with the power of the Ovation distributed control system on photovoltaic (PV) solar projects. The compact...
    • 29 Oct 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Enabling Seamless and Scalable Distributed Control and SCADA Solutions at Photovoltaic Power Stations

    Authors: Tom Snowden , Greg Schirm Photovoltaic power stations (or solar parks) have traditionally used PLCs as their preferred control devices. Size, ruggedness, and cost are often cited as reasons for using PLCs. With the release of the Ovation Compact Controller , Emerson is merging the scalability of PLCs with the power of the Ovation distributed control system on photovoltaic (PV) solar projects. The compact...
    • 31 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Power Generation Improved Steam Temperature Control

    Emerson’s Jeff Williams presented, Holistic Approach to Steam Temperature Control, at the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference. Jeff opened describing the trend of plants being started and operated more frequently than in the past due to intermittent sources of renewable energy sources on the grid. A key challenge to this mode of operation is to maintain consistent superheat temperature in this transient environment...
    • 31 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Power Generation Improved Steam Temperature Control

    Emerson’s Jeff Williams presented, Holistic Approach to Steam Temperature Control, at the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference. Jeff opened describing the trend of plants being started and operated more frequently than in the past due to intermittent sources of renewable energy sources on the grid. A key challenge to this mode of operation is to maintain consistent superheat temperature in this transient environment...
    • 30 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Advanced Startup Automation in the Power Industry

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, a power producer shared their story of how they improved their unit startups through the application of advanced technology. The US electrical power grid is evolving rapidly as it adds more renewable generation from solar and wind energy sources. This trend is driving the need for large generating fleets to make their current assets flexible and cost competitive. Important...
    • 30 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Advanced Startup Automation in the Power Industry

    At the 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference, a power producer shared their story of how they improved their unit startups through the application of advanced technology. The US electrical power grid is evolving rapidly as it adds more renewable generation from solar and wind energy sources. This trend is driving the need for large generating fleets to make their current assets flexible and cost competitive. Important...
    • 20 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Improving Control System Alarm Effectiveness for Operators

    During the week of July 29 through August 3, I’ll be attending the Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh. This users’ group is composed of people working in the power, water and wastewater industries. If you’re in one of these industries and an Ovation distributed control system user, I look forward to seeing you there. One of the critical parts of an effective control strategy is to get the alarm design right...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Integrated Control and Machinery Health Monitoring for Power Producers

    The power industry is facing many challenges today with cycling demands from a growing renewable energy mix on the grid, employee retirements, and cost cutting. Despite these challenges, consumers expect a reliable supply of electricity. At the July 29 – August 2, 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh, Emerson’s Jason King and an Ovation customer will present, Ovation Machinery Health Monitor Update &...
    • 11 Jul 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Reduce Boiler Tube Leaks with Better Steam Temperature Control

    As the contribution of renewable energy sources grow on electrical power grids, so does the cycling its intermittency creates for power producers. This cycling affects steam used to drive the generators. For power stations where the electric generators are steam-driven, this steam is created by coal, nuclear, geothermal, solar thermal, waste incineration and sometimes natural gas. Boiler tube leaks caused by frequent...
    • 28 Jun 2018

    Alternative Energy Blog: Applying Center for Internet Security ICS Cybersecurity Controls

    Power, water and wastewater utilities are critical infrastructure, and require ongoing industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity risk reduction efforts. Taking a systematic and integrated approach to ICS cybersecurity can help with safe, reliable and efficient operations. Many experts from these industries will gather at the July 29-August 2, 2018 Ovation Users’ Group Conference in Pittsburgh . There they will...