March 2, 2022

REVERSE OSMOSIS

How does reverse osmosis work? Osmosis is the spontaneous passage of a liquid from a dilute to a more concentrated solution across a semi-permeable membrane. This […]
October 20, 2021

Scale: Its Causes and Effects

The presence of scaling in water systems at power plants, heating, and cooling plants, and other process facilities can reduce plant efficiency by blocking flow and […]
June 29, 2021

Steam Desuperheaters

In most plants, steam generates at a single, high pressure, and where necessary, its pressure reduces. When pressure reduces, steam retains its high temperature. High-temperature steam […]
September 30, 2020

Alternatives to Solar Photovoltaics

Two of the most popular forms of renewable energy are wind and solar.  While nearly everyone has seen a photovoltaic solar cell on a rooftop or […]
May 15, 2020
Power Lines in front of setting sun

Static Var Compensators Supporting the Renewable Grid

Several states, including FCS’s home state of Maryland, have aggressive renewable energy goals.  As more renewable energy sources come online, more conventional sources (e.g., coal, natural […]
January 21, 2020
Power Lines in front of setting sun

Induced Voltage

Back in my operating days, we had a tech get shocked while performing maintenance on what should have been a de-energized piece of equipment. After sending […]
September 12, 2019
Man checking control panels

Strict Compliance to Approved Procedures

I am always perplexed when I visit a site that does not enforce strict compliance with approved procedures.   From the Physical Plant Operations Handbook: “Without rules […]
May 29, 2019
Water Pipe

Condensate-Induced Water Hammer

Condensate-induced water hammer is an extremely dangerous phenomenon and operators should be trained to ensure they fully understand. Water hammer occurs when water in a pipe […]