Retrofitting power plants with solar technology
The Electric Power Research Institute has launched a project designed to help power companies add solar energy to their fossil-fueled electric power plants.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has a second project geared toward helping power companies retrofit fossil-fueled electric power plants with solar-energy technology. The move would help the firms reducing fuel costs and plant emissions.
EPRI is partnering with the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Assn. Inc., Progress Energy , and Southern Co. on the study, Solar Augmented Steam Cycles for Coal Plants . Case study analyses will be performed by WorleyParsons Group Inc..
This and the first project ( a study launched in October at natural-gas facilities ) both involve adding steam generated by a solar thermal field to a conventional fossil fuel-powered steam cycle, in order to offset some of the fuel required to generate electric power. As part of the coal project, case studies will be conducted at Tri-State’s 245-MW Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt, N.M.; and at Progress Energy’s 742-MW Mayo Plant in Roxboro, N.C.
The projects will provide a conceptual design study and two detailed case studies. The goal is to analyze design options to retrofit existing plants, and identify options for new plant designs.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.