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    • 13 Nov 2015

    Renewables Growing Faster than Expected

    Author: Juan Carlos Bravo As we have been reporting in this blog, the energy scenario is changing. In fact, it might be changing faster than anyone expected due the low oil prices. As reported by the World Energy Outlook 2015 , “renewables contributed almost half of the world’s new power generation capacity in 2014 and have already become the second-largest source of electricity (after coal).” Source: Twitter...
    • 23 Oct 2015

    Grid Complexities and the Race for Energy Storage

    Author: Douglas Morris Apple just announced that they plan to construct a 200MW solar project in China to help the company meet its goals for carbon neutrality. One to the concerns, though, is whether or not the local transmission & distribution grid system can accommodate this renewable generation. It’s a concern because there have been numerous solar installations in China that are idled because of grid limitations...
    • 14 Sep 2015

    How the Sun Affects Your Utility Bill

    Author: Douglas Morris Catalina Island is home to many attractions including theaters, casinos, and Hollywood stars. It’s also home to a self-contained utility system called a microgrid, which is a mini version of the electrical grid supplying your home or place of work. Emerson is helping with this system so that it can properly manage all the power inputs and outputs required to control this complex electrical grid...
    • 7 Mar 2014

    Energy Industry Leaders Gather at CERAWeek 2014

    Douglas Morris Mining and Power Industries Sr. Manager Author: Douglas Morris The 33 rd annual CERAWeek Conference, led by Daniel Yergin , was held this week in Houston, Texas USA. This year’s event very much echoed the theme from the last couple of conferences and focused on unconventional oil and gas. The effects of these unconventional sources have global ramifications from both an energy and geopolitical standpoint...
    • 7 Mar 2014

    Energy Industry Leaders Gather at CERAWeek 2014

    Author: Douglas Morris The 33rd annual CERAWeek Conference, led by Daniel Yergin, was held this week in Houston, Texas USA. This year’s event very much echoed the theme from the last couple of conferences and focused on unconventional oil and gas. The...
    • 12 Dec 2013

    Energy from Municipal Waste Project Update

    In an earlier post, Plasma Gasification-Municipal Waste as a Power Source , we highlighted this process as an effective way to create energy from waste. I received news from Emerson’s Barbara Hamilton that the Industrial Energy consulting and global project services teams have been working on a project expected to come on line in 2014. The plant is being built near an existing landfill and is expected to divert 350...
    • 12 Dec 2013

    Energy from Municipal Waste Project Update

    In an earlier post, Plasma Gasification-Municipal Waste as a Power Source, we highlighted this process as an effective way to create energy from waste. I received news from Emerson’s Barbara Hamilton that the Industrial Energy consulting and global project...
    • 11 Nov 2013

    Pressure Transmitters for Nuclear Power Plant Safety Applications

    Rosemount pressure measurement instrumentation has been part of nuclear power plants’ process automation for more than four decades. The news item from last week, Emerson offers improved safety and performance solutions with new series of nuclear pressure...
    • 18 Oct 2013

    Around the World in Power-The Challenges of Energy Policy

    Emerson’s Douglas Morris of the Power and Mining industry teams, shares the latest trends in renewable energy in Germany in today’s post. It’s been an active week for stories about the power industry: the impact of renewable power in Germany; the nuclear industry in China ; and environmental policy in the United States . Hit the provided links to learn more the other stories as this post will focus on Germany. At...
    • 18 Oct 2013

    Around the World in Power-The Challenges of Energy Policy

    Emerson’s Douglas Morris of the Power and Mining industry teams, shares the latest trends in renewable energy in Germany in today’s post. It’s been an active week for stories about the power industry: the impact of renewable power in Germany; the nuclear...
    • 11 Oct 2013

    3 Companies Making Waves with Natural Gas

    The growing supply of natural gas and subsequent lower prices compared to other sources of energy is causing companies to consider it as a fuel source. Arielle Nagel , who is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability, provides several examples in today’s post. There are a lot of benefits to using natural gas as an alternative fuel source. Natural gas is cleaner than coal and oil, producing...
    • 11 Oct 2013

    3 Companies Making Waves with Natural Gas

    The growing supply of natural gas and subsequent lower prices compared to other sources of energy is causing companies to consider it as a fuel source. Arielle Nagel, who is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Environmental Sustainability, provides several...
    • 20 Sep 2013

    Improving Boiler Availability by Better Steam Temperature Control

    Tightening up boiler control strategies and improving the sensing and final control elements not only improves energy efficiency and reduces variability, it can improve overall availability of the boiler as Emerson’s Douglas Morris of the Power and Mining industries explains. Tube leaks are something that every utility deals with on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, when you look at NERC’s [ North America Electric...
    • 20 Sep 2013

    Improving Boiler Availability by Better Steam Temperature Control

    Tightening up boiler control strategies and improving the sensing and final control elements not only improves energy efficiency and reduces variability, it can improve overall availability of the boiler as Emerson’s Douglas Morris of the Power and Mining...
    • 13 Sep 2013

    Ultra-Supercritical Boilers-a More Efficient Approach

    Emerson’s Alan Novak , leader of the Mining and Power Industries shares an update on ultra supercritical boiler technology . An August 26 Bloomberg article, China Power Seen Doubling With Renewables as Coal Holds Sway , noted that China’s electrical generating capacity will more than double by 2030, with half coming from renewable energy sources. This means that China will add 88 gigawatts of new power plants, or...
    • 13 Sep 2013

    Ultra-Supercritical Boilers-a More Efficient Approach

    Emerson’s Alan Novak, leader of the Mining and Power Industries shares an update on ultra supercritical boiler technology. An August 26 Bloomberg article, China Power Seen Doubling With Renewables as Coal Holds Sway, noted that China’s electrical generating...
    • 23 Aug 2013

    Operational Flexibility in Power Means More Revenue

    Flexibility to meet changing customer demand benefits many manufacturers. This is especially true in the power industry as Emerson’s Douglas Morris explains. With the growth of renewable power, generators are working to improve the flexibility of their...
    • 9 Aug 2013

    Another Major Player Exits the Solar Panel Market

    There are bargains to be had in solar panels. Emerson’s Alan Novak , Director Mining and Power Industries, explains the shakeout underway for manufacturers. As reported in an August 6 th Wall Street Journal article, GE Ends Solar-Panel Push, Sells Technology to First Solar , General Electric (GE) announced that it has sold its solar panel manufacturing business to First Solar. First Solar is also facing challenges...
    • 9 Aug 2013

    Another Major Player Exits the Solar Panel Market

    There are bargains to be had in solar panels. Emerson’s Alan Novak, Director Mining and Power Industries, explains the shakeout underway for manufacturers. As reported in an August 6th Wall Street Journal article, GE Ends Solar-Panel Push, Sells Technology...
    • 26 Jul 2013

    The Ability to Juggle-A Key Skill for Power Companies

    Electrical power producers are challenged with changing mixes of fuel sources due to economics, government incentives and hurdles, and technical challenges from variable sources such as solar and wind power. Emerson’s Douglas Morris , a member of the Power and Mining industries, explores these challenges in today’s post. It seems that uncertainty for regulated power producers is increasing these days. Wholesale electricity...
    • 26 Jul 2013

    The Ability to Juggle-A Key Skill for Power Companies

    Electrical power producers are challenged with changing mixes of fuel sources due to economics, government incentives and hurdles, and technical challenges from variable sources such as solar and wind power. Emerson’s Douglas Morris, a member of the Power...
    • 19 Jul 2013

    The US Power Grid-A Challenge for Wind

    As the outlook for U.S. energy sources continues to change, Emerson’s Alan Novak, Director of the Mining and Power industries, looks at the outlook for wind energy. As highlighted in a recent New York Times article, Ideas to Bolster Power Grid Run Up...
    • 14 Jun 2013

    Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) at Duke Edwardsport

    Gasification technologies can reduce the emissions from coal used for electrical power generation. Emerson’s Alan Novak, Director of the Mining and Power industry teams, provides an update on some projects coming online. Duke Energy recently announced...
    • 31 May 2013

    The Challenge of Distributed Generation

    Change from decentralized forces is impacting many industries including publishing, music, organizational hierarchies and more. Emerson’s Douglas Morris, a member of the power and metal & mining industry teams, looks at its impact on electrical power...
    • 17 May 2013

    Plasma Gasification-Municipal Waste as a Power Source

    Emerson’s Alan Novak, leader of the alternative energy and power industry team describes the plasma gasification technology in waste to energy conversion. A recent Waste to Energy Industry article, Control System for Troubled 12 MW Plasma Gasification...