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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Power Generation

Power Plants


How North America can Benefit from UK Know-How in Ocean Energy

Hydro Review, Jun. 2014, by Michael Rosenfeld.
http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/hr/print/volume-33/issue-5/articles/how-north-america-can-benefit-from-uk-know-how-in-ocean-energy.html

"The United Kingdom is known for its pioneering work in wave, tidal and ocean current energy. The U.S. and Canada have vast marine resources and would benefit from partnerships with UK companies in a number of ways, including building expertise, sharing lessons learned and fostering industry growth."

The Dynamic Challenge of Integrating Variable Resources

Power, June 2014, by Sonal Patel.
http://www.powermag.com/the-dynamic-challenge-of-integrating-variable-resources/

"All aspects of system operations are tested by unique challenges as more variable energy resources are connected to the grid."

Surveying the US Waste-to-Energy Fleet

Biomass Magazine, May 2014, by Kolby Hoagland.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/10322/surveying-the-us-waste-to-energy-fleet

"Waste-to-energy plants in the U.S. generate nearly 2,500 MW of power and consume about 30 percent of the nation’s waste."

[WSU] Students Take Top Prizes at World Power, Energy Conference

WSU [Washington State University] News, Apr. 30, 2014, by Tina Hilding.
https://news.wsu.edu/2014/04/30/students-take-top-prizes-at-world-power-energy-conference/

"At the world’s largest power and energy exposition and conference [2014 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) conference] recently, students from Washington State University won three of the top six poster awards."

Award winners:

Brad Tuffley and Douglas Rapier, who won the undergraduate student poster competition with their design for an open source phasor measurement unit [PMU].

Saugata S. Biswas, who won the top graduate student award for developing an online monitoring system for circuit breakers installed at power substations.

Sayonsom Chanda, who received a second place award for developing a tool for better modeling of campus microgrids.

Daniel Yergin on the Next Energy Revolution

McKinsey Quarterly Commentary, April 2014.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/
daniel_yergin_on_the_next_energy_revolution


"The global energy expert and Pulitzer Prize–winning author expects an energy landscape rife with innovations—and surprises."

Coal is Going, Going... Gone?

Utility Dive, Apr. 24, 2014, by Claire Cameron.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/coal-is-going-going-gone/253641/

"Coal power was the backbone of American industry for the last 100 years. But by 2020, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that about 60 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired capacity will be retired. That's 6.2% of all U.S. capacity, according to calculations based on NERC data."

Amory's Angle: Ramping Up Renewable Electricity

Rocky Mountain Institute, Winter 2014, by Amory B. Lovins.
http://www.rmi.org/winter_2014_esj_ramping_up_renewable_electricity

"Many people in the electricity industry long thought that the two renewable sources of electricity that vary widely over time—windpower and solar photovoltaics (PVs) —could provide only a few percent of total generation without endangering reliability. Those who still believe this now face increasingly severe reality tests.

As we’ll see, Germany and other countries are successfully powering their grids with astonishingly high fractions of renewable generation by combining five techniques: a) leveraging diverse generation sources across interconnected regional and national grids, b) improving renewables’ forecasting and predictability, c) integrating dispatchable renewables, d) adding distributed storage, and e) leveraging demand response."




Fuel Cell CHP Passes the Point of No Return

Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Mar.-Apr. 2014.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-2/features/fuel-cell-chp-passes-the-point-of-no-return.html

"The use of fuel cell technology in combined heat and power applications is commonly viewed as being at an early stage of development. However, Arjen de Jong and Martin Horstink argue that significant advances in the last 12 months mean this is no longer the case." 

Advanced Cooling and Water Treatment Technology Concepts for Power Plants

Power Magazine, Apr. 2014, by Sean Bushart and Jessica Shi.
http://www.powermag.com/advanced-cooling-and-water-treatment-technology-concepts-for-power-plants/

"Worldwide awareness of the need to minimize freshwater use for power generation—while minimizing energy penalties—is growing. The Electric Power Research Institute [EPRI] is involved in several programs that are developing innovative technologies."

Converting Sulfur from Flue Gas into Fertilizer

Power Magazine, Mar. 2014, by Gail Reitenbach, PhD.
http://www.powermag.com/converting-sulfur-from-flue-gas-into-fertilizer/

"As environmental regulations tighten—both in the U.S. and around the world—coal-fired power plants continue to look for ways to operate economically. Though reuse and sale of coal combustion by-products has a long history, one new approach could benefit a somewhat unlikely partner industry."
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