Understanding the function, purpose, and theory behind power plant systems and the technology used generate electricity is vital to safe and reliable operation of power generation facilities.

April 24, 2019
Settling Pond

Clarifiers

Clarifiers are a secondary, yet paramount process in power plants. Clarifiers improve the water quality generated by the primary processes. The process allows for safe and proper disposal of the wastewater generated by other functions of the plant. Owners and operators of power plants should be aware of this system, how it works, how to operate it and safety precautions.
November 9, 2018
Typical Gas Turbine Power Plant in California

Controllable Loss Monitors

The largest single cost of operation of a power plant is fuel, and the amount of fuel burned is affected directly by the efficiency of the […]
November 5, 2018
Industrial Power Plant with Smokestack

The Dangers of NOx: Nitrogen Pollution from Fossil Fuel Combustion

Fossil fuel combustion creates numerous harmful products.  When these products are released to the environment, they endanger both humans and the environment.  One class of environmentally […]
October 9, 2018
Industrial Utility Plant at Night

Protecting Equipment from Cold Weather

As winter weather approaches, operators and plant management must remain vigilant in preventing freezing of their equipment.  Frozen piping systems can result in ruptures and leaks […]
September 20, 2018

Technology Transfer

What is Technology Transfer for FCS? People often ask about what FCS means when we talk about technology transfer; specifically, how does it differ from training.  […]
September 4, 2018
Silhouette of Engineers Shaking Hands in front of High Voltage Power Lines

Electric Grid Reliability and Resiliency

What are grid reliability and grid resiliency? Most of us understand grid reliability to be the ability of the power system to deliver electricity in the […]
August 28, 2018

Characteristics of Coal

What is Coal? The word coal describes many different types of rocklike materials, which contain complex hydrocarbons and organic compounds in varying mixtures. It is important […]
August 6, 2018
Solar Panels in Sunlight for Power Generation

Thermal Energy Storage Systems

Thermal Energy Storage Systems are used to collect thermal energy and use that the energy at a later time for heating, cooling, or power generation.  These […]