Boiler-Tuning Basics, Part I

Tuning power plant controls takes nerves of steel and an intimate knowledge of plant systems gained only by experience. Tuning controls also requires equal parts art and science, which probably is why there are so few tuning experts in the power industry. In Part I of a two-part series, we explore a mix of the […]

PARADIGM SHIFT IN BUILDING POWER PLANTS

The Rostok test cell site, located in Kiel, Germany, consisted of a two-facility, 18-engine (130 MW) power plant built to exact specifications to match a plant being built simultaneously in the Middle East during 2008. The Rostok site was utilized to complete full load testing on the 7.5 MW Caterpillar 16CM32 engines, demonstrate fuel consumption […]

UPGRADE BOOSTS EFFICIENCY AND CUTS EMISSIONS

Officials at Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., weary of the campus’ 90-year-old, inefficient coal-fired steam system, and the high emissions associated with burning coal, knew it was time to move to a next-generation technology for their heating and electric needs — combined heat and power (CHP). In 2002, eager for a change and after […]

Successful 2008 for Sulzer

Sulzer says that it experienced increases in order intake, sales, operating income and cash flow in 2008 but expects a slowdown in 2009. In 2008, sales increased by an adjusted 13.2% to CHF 3.7 billion, and they continued to trail order intake, resulting in an order backlog of 2.1 billion (+6.2% compared to 2007). For […]