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January 2015 · Energy-Tech Magazine

Pacific Ethanol Stockton plant installs cogeneration tech

Pacific Ethanol Inc. announced its agreement with Dresser-Rand to install a 3.5 MW cogeneration system with gradual oxidizer at its Stockton, Calif., plant for approximately $12 million. The cogeneration system will displace purchased electricity...


Mathey Dearman announces new factory reps

Mathey Dearman announced the addition of new factory representatives for one of its North America Territories.  Rizzo & Associates, managed by Marc Rizzo, will provide service to Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Rizzo and his associates...


Wilder Motor & Equipment now carrying Atlas Copco WEDA line of pumps

Atlas Copco announced that Wilder Motor & Equipment now carries Atlas Copco’s line of WEDA electric submersible pumps at the rental center’s downtown Nashville, Tenn., location.   Wilder Motor offers the full line of...


Free recording of 'Improving Condenser Performance' available
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If you weren't able to attend the live presentation of Energy-Tech's Dec. 16 webinar, "Improving Condenser Performance," a free recording is available to download . The one-hour webinar discusses issues in condenser operation and options to consider...


“Your bearing housings are misaligned… Can’t be, pump is brand new!”

Your typical pump consists of a casing that houses the hydraulic stationary and rotating components; the bearing support structures or bearing housings, typically bolted on, provide the enclosures and lubricating systems for the bearings that supports...


The ins and outs of high-energy piping systems

Historically, high-energy piping (HEP) system assessments in fossil-fuel power plants were performed to satisfy a utility or plant-driven desire to avoid failures and achieve industry-common goals of safe and reliable operation. The assessments would...


HRSG water/steam chemistry control: Automating the process

Decades of direct experience by power plant personnel and R&D work by such organizations as the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the International Association of the Properties of Water and Steam (IAPWS) have shown how critical proper...


Vibration monitoring considerations in high EMI environments

Components of electrical machines are subject to thermal, electrical, ambient and mechanical stresses that lead to degradation as materials lose strength over time. Condition monitoring can detect premature failure and extend the life of the machine....


ASME: Justification for long-distance transmission

Introduction The objective of this paper is to determine if long distance transmission between east coast wind farms (PJM) and Midwest wind farms (MISO) enables standalone wind to have system capacity. More specifically, if PJM and MISO were interconnected,...


Programmed instruction

Decades ago, while employed at GE’s Field Engineering Development Center as a technical instructor, I had an opportunity to attend several formal adult educational programs. Two that come to mind are Robert Mager’s seminar on Criterion Referenced...


Getting it right the first time: Specifying water treatment equipment and chemistry for new plants

During my 18 years at two power utilities and another two at a chemical manufacturing plant, I observed firsthand the criticality of proper makeup water treatment and boiler water/steam chemistry control. Even seemingly minor excursions in water chemistry...


ASME: Nuclear plant performance improvements with application of longer LP last stage blades

During the last decade, the authors’ company (Alstom Power) retrofitted the steam turbines in 34 nuclear units on a diverse range of half- and full-speed machines, powered by Pressurized and Boiling Water Reactors. Some of those projects have...


Steam condenser – More than just tubes

Tubing, cleaning and coatings are often the primary operating focus of steam surface condenser operations. There are many articles about cleaning and plugging due to the fact that these actions contribute to the operating cost of the condenser. The...


Transfer point productivity: Is your chute system optimized?

Obtaining optimal belt loading Maximum productivity is the goal of every operation. And while some operations strive to make their equipment run faster or accommodate more material, others are simply taking another look at their belt conveyor system....


Reciprocating compressor vibration problem

In a centrifugal compressor the compression process is continuous. In a reciprocating compressor the compression process is intermittent, or done in steps. Gas is drawn into a cylinder, trapped, compressed by the moving action of a piston, and then...


Cube-shaped process instrumentation sunshade lowers cost of field protection

Intertec launched a large cube-shaped sunshade for process instrumentation. It provides plant engineers with a highly cost-effective means of shielding equipment such as electronic monitoring systems, explosion-proof junction boxes or analyzer installations...


Metcar self-lubricating, carbon-graphite bearings for louver dampers

Metallized Carbon Corp. announced the availability of bearings specially designed for louver dampers in boiler applications, such as those in coal- or refuse-fired power plants. The Metcar bearings are preferred for boiler damper blade shaft bearing...


Tube expanders prevent over-under expansion

A complete line of boiler tube expanders that automatically control tube expansion to assure precise wall reduction when fabricating and maintaining tube sheet is available from Esco Tool . Esco Millhog® Rolling Motors and Tube Expanders are...


Spirax Sarco introduces STAPS Wireless steam trap monitor

Spirax Sarco released its new wireless steam trap monitoring system – STAPS Wireless, designed to deliver accurate wireless monitoring and reporting of steam trap performance around the plant. It is important for steam users to keep track...


HiPower Systems Natural Gas Generator Lines for UL 2200 Compliance

HiPower Systems  announced its entire stationary natural gas generator line received UL certification in the UL 2200, Stationary Engine Generator Assemblies classification. The 28 certified models cover a wide power range from 20kW (the HGM 20...


NAES Corp. appoints Escover as general counsel

NAES Corp. appointed Norman Escover as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer. He will manage NAES' legal and insurance departments and will focus on legal and operational risk management, compliance, contract optimization,...


Dover’s Pump Businesses Realigned into Three Focused Companies; New Leaders Named

Dover Corp. ’s Fluids Segment announced the realignment of its Pumps businesses along product line technologies into three separate operating companies — Pump Solutions, Finder and Maag.  Karl Buscher was named president of Pump...


SPX and McJunkin Red Man enter distribution agreement

SPX signed an agreement with McJunkin Red Man Corp. to distribute and stock in inventory SPX’s M&J Valve brand products in the United States. McJunkin Red Man is the U.S. subsidiary of MRC Global Inc., the largest global distributor...


McCrometer announces new president

McCrometer announced the promotion of Melissa Aquino to the role of president, as of Oct. 1, 2014.  Aquino’s appointment is part of an executive transition that includes prior president, Kerry McCall, moving into the role of Chief Flow...


T. F. Hudgins acquires Jamison Products

T.F. Hudgins Inc. announced it completed the acquisition of Jamison Products , a Houston-based provider of engineered pipeline and filtration products used in a wide range of gas and fluid handling applications, including strainers, separators, filter...


Strategic Power Systems appoint new VP

Strategic Power Systems Inc. announced the appointment of Tim Yang to the position of vice president – Business Development. Yang will work to promote SPS’ product & service capabilities into the ever changing energy market, while...


Acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers by Triton finalized

After receiving the required approvals, Triton legally finalized its acquisition of GEA Heat Exchangers as part of a so-called closing procedure. With this closing and with assumption of the activities of GEA Heat Exchangers , Triton takes over...


Bright Footprint becomes trade ally with Hawaii Energy

Bright Footprint LLC is a turnkey LED retrofit company that supports its clients through the entire process of replacing existing lighting with LEDs working with local utility and custom incentive programs that are designed for peak KW reduction....


David Gibble promoted to OPW Product Manager

OPW promoted David Gibble to product manager for OPW Engineered Systems within its Chemical & Industrial business unit. Prior to this appointment, Gibble was part of the Inside Sales Team for OPW Engineered Systems. Gibble will now report directly...


Iwaki America, Hydraulic Institute enter mutual training partner agreement

The Hydraulic Institute entered a Training Partner Agreement with Iwaki America Inc. , one of the world’s leading manufacturers of metering pumps, chemical delivery pumps, sealless, recirculation pumps and non-metallic magnetic drive centrifugal...


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