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Can Solar Powered Carports Alleviate Land Use Concerns?

Photo credit: UMass Amherst Greenfield development, either through utility-scale solar or smaller commercial solar arrays on properties of vacant farmland, schoolyard fields, and wastewater treatment facilities has grown rapidly, earning solar the nickname of the “new row crop.” Solar’s growth has provided new income for landowners, has led to the… Read More

Using Data Analytics to Improve Operations and Maintenance

Power plants are challenged to generate value from their data, but this can be a tedious and slow process, with uncertain outcomes. Now, as shown in these use cases, data analytic solutions can put innovation in the hands of process engineers and experts for rapid and useful insights. Most power… Read More

POWER Digest [March 2018]

ABB Receives Contract to Upgrade, Expand Combined Cycle Plant A consortium including Doosan Heavy Industries and state-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya has awarded a $40 million contract to ABB to upgrade and expand the 1,150-MW Muara Tawar power plant in West Java, Indonesia, which is operated by Indonesia’s national… Read More

As Nuclear Giant AREVA Reforms, Framatome Is Resurrected

Reforging its core business to return to competitiveness after record losses of €4.83 billion in 2014, French nuclear firm AREVA has split its five operational business units and rebranded them—again. All its assets related to the design and manufacture of nuclear reactors and equipment, fuel design and supply, and services… Read More

A Break in the Nuclear Waste Impasse?

Spent nuclear fuel has continued to accumulate at sites across the nation, paralyzed by a government deadlock on a nuclear waste management strategy formally established 35 years ago. Can recent developments offer a breakthrough? February marked 20 years since the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) defaulted on a “standard contract”… Read More