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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

Gas-Fired DG Showdown: Microturbines, Fuel Cells, or Reciprocating Engines?

Power, Oct. 2015, by Thomas W. Overton.

"If you’re looking to generate distributed power with gas, your options are broader than ever, with a range of efficient, clean-burning technologies to chose from. Knowing which option is the right one depends on a balance of site constraints, fuel supplies, and environmental oversight."

Outside-the-Box Renewable Energy Microturbines

Power, Oct. 2015, by Kennedy Maize.

"Rooftops with arrays of tiny wind-powered microturbines and hydro microturbines generating power as water flows through municipal drinking water systems or the outflow of municipal sewage treatment systems?  They’re real."

Standby Power: Generating Answers

Engineered Systems, Sep. 2015, by Tom Faucette and Sara Lappano.

"As terms like big data, business resiliency, and the “internet of things” enter our lexicon, the availability of power has evolved as one of the hottest topics in facility management and engineering. When discussing the uptime of an electrical system, the conversation starts with the utility company and then almost immediately goes to on-site generation. Depending on your building type and loads, on-site generation facilities can take on many different topologies and sources. We are going to focus on generators, using both natural gas and diesel generators and how to successfully determine which fuel type and system topology makes sense for different facility and load types."

Proof of Concept: Community Solar is Ready to Soar Despite Complications

Solar Industry, Sep. 2015, by Sara E. Bergan and Andrew P. Moratzka.

"Minnesota's turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S."

New Standard Bridges the Gap in Commissioning [Windpower]

North American Windpower, Sep. 2015, by Ron Widup.

"A new electrical standard defines expectations and performance during wind farm commissioning." ANSI/NETA ECS-2015 Standard for Electrical Commissioning Specifications for Electrical Power Equipment and Systems (NETA ECS)

Organic Rankine Cycle Systems - The Latest Innovative Approach to Geothermal Energy

North American Clean Energy, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Anthony Hinde.

"With the worldwide hunt for new sources of green energy, it becomes practical to create electrical energy from geothermal sources at much lower temperatures than previously envisaged. Today, Independent power producers (IPP’s) in the USA, Turkey, Latin America, and Southeast Asia are developing thousands of MW from resources at maximum 200°C (392°F) bottom hole temperature. The main technology used for the exploitation of these lower temperature geothermal sources is the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), a binary cycle with organic fluid. The ORC system has proven to be the best power generating solution when the enthalpy level of the heat source is low."

WSU to Help Improve Cyber Security in Energy Delivery

WSU News, Oct. 12, 2015, by Tina Hilding.

"Washington State University will participate in a new, five-year $28.1 million U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) initiative to improve computer/communication networks for energy delivery systems like power grids and pipelines."

Winning the Cooling Tower Trifecta: Controlling Corrosion, Scale, and Microbiological Fouling

Power Magazine, Sep. 2015, by David Daniels.

"In cooling water chemistry for power plants, it is not enough to control one or two of the major chemistry issues. Successful treatment requires simultaneous control of corrosion, scale, and microbiological fouling. These three are so strongly tied to each other that if one is allowed to go out of control, the other two soon will be."

2014 Wind Technologies Market Report

U.S. Department of Energy, August 2015.

"According to the 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report, total installed wind power capacity in the United States grew at a rate of eight percent in 2014, bringing the United States total installed capacity to nearly 66 gigawatts (GW), which ranks second in the world and meets 4.9 percent of U.S. end-use electricity demand in an average year. In total, 4,854 MW of new wind energy capacity were installed in the United States in 2014."

Blades & Rotors [Turbines]

Business Energy, Jul/Aug 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.{}

"Savings and reliability from turbines and microturbines."
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