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 […]
February 7, 2019
Overlook Plaza, location of FCS

FCS New Office Location

After over a decade in our previous location, FCS has “pulled roots” and moved to its new location on Twin Knolls Road in Columbia, Maryland. Although […]
October 26, 2018
Steel being cut in a factory

Oilers Used for Prevention of Surface Corrosion

Metal production ultimately requires exposure of an untreated surface to the corrosive oxygen and humidity in our atmosphere. To prevent surface corrosion, oil is frequently applied […]
August 20, 2018
Workers in control room engaged in power plant operator training

Watchstanding Principles: Standing an Active, Thoughtful Watch

When shift changeover happens and the off-going crew leaves, does the oncoming shift have a plan for the shift?  If a procedure is in progress, does […]