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.
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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.