October 12, 2017
Engineer in a coal power plant control room in front of DCS screens

Qualifications of Operating Personnel in the Power Industry

November 16, 2022

Winter is Coming 2022

‘Tis the (Winter)Season Coughs and sniffles. Chill breezes and frost-covered lawns. Jack-o’-lanterns and costumed children. Yes, all the signs are here: winter (2022) is coming. As […]
October 31, 2022

MWh Generation Cost Factors

Several factors affect the cost of generating one Mega-Watt hour (MWh) of electricity in a power plant; each is discussed in the following paragraphs.  A power […]
October 26, 2022

Mercury Emissions Reduction

Mercury and Air Toxins Standards (MATS) An undesirable byproduct of the burning of coal is mercury emissions. On average, elemental mercury constitutes approximately 0.17 ppm of […]
October 7, 2022

Fossil Fuel Prices Over Time

Energy production by source over the past 70 years has seen a shift away from coal to natural gas and renewables. The line graph below, from […]
September 23, 2022

Valve Packing: Understanding Packing for Maintenance

“Valves and actuators make up a small part of a power station – perhaps only two or three percent by capital cost,” according to Power Engineering […]
September 16, 2022

Is Flyash Dangerous?

Flyash: A result of Burning Coal Today about half of the energy produced in the U.S. is generated from burning coal. As a result, several byproducts […]
September 12, 2022

Microgrid and District Energy: The Future of Electricity?

In my previous blog, I described District Energy and explored some of its uses. Now I’m going to look at the microgrid and modern power grid’s […]
August 26, 2022

Creating Pig Iron for Casting

In producing steel from iron ore and/or scrap, impurities such as nitrogen, silicon, phosphorus, sulfur, and excess carbon are removed from the raw iron ore. This […]