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Technology Transfer

FCS specializes in the seamless integration of new technologies, so your organization and facilities will maximize the return on investment.

Simulator Consulting Services

Training simulators have gained wide acceptance as an effective way to improve power plant availability and performance. Simulators allow operator trainees to gain practical experience in the shortest possible time. They can also be used to meet other objectives including training other personnel as part of a multi-skilling effort, validating plant procedures, and in evaluating control system and plant design modifications.

Often times, purchased simulators do not met these objectives because they were not properly specified, did not undergo detailed enough validation during the design and testing phase, and/or did not have adequately designed training programs. FCS has extensive experience developing simulator specifications, and conducting design reviews, model validation, and acceptance testing to ensure the simulator meets the utility's requirements.

The best engineered simulators have limited value unless they are implemented in a well-planned, comprehensive training program designed to meet the specific objectives of the plant and personnel expected to be trained. FCS has extensive experience designing and developing power plant simulator training programs for control room operators and other plant staff.


FCS provides support to utility and other power generation clients involved in procuring a power plant simulator, including:

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Environmental Services

A primary concern for operators of today’s new or existing power plants – whether coal, oil or gas fired – is the control of environmental air emissions. Air control systems designed to remove NOx, Sulfur, Carbon Monoxide, Mercury, dust and other pollutants have been mandated by the EPA. FCS will ensure the operators of these new systems are trained in proper operation and control under normal and abnormal conditions.

Operators are expected to learn a new system and controls with no previous experience. That is where FCS comes in. We can provide that experience, having produced training courses and materials for many plants including those designed by Hitachi Power Systems America, Shaw, Black and Veatch, Wheelabrator, Babcock And Wilcox, URS Washington Group, and Alstom. Some of the technologies FCS has experience in includes:

  • Wet Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems (FGD)
  • Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization Systems (DFGD)
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction Systems (SCR)
  • Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction Systems (SNCR)
  • Activated Carbon Injection System (ACI)
  • Dry Sorbent Injection Systems (DSI)
  • Carbon Monoxide Catalytic Converters
  • Oxidation Catalyst Systems (Diesels and Gas Turbines)
  • Particulate Removal Systems (Baghouses, Wet and Dry Electrostatic Precipitators (WESP/DESP)
  • Low NOx Burners and Dry Low NOx Systems

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We can develop training and documentation that will help you and your plant seamlessly integrate new technologies into your workforce. We are eager to pass that experience on to you and your operators!

FCS also has extensive experience providing a range of operational excellence or readiness services in support of coal power plant conversions to natural gas firing.

In addition to supporting projects with air quality control systems, FCS has extensive experience supporting Industrial Water Systems and Systems designed to treat runoff from coal piles, ash ponds, gypsum piles and son on around industrial facilities.

FCS has also recently been supporting Coal Combustible Residual (CCR) projects designed to support the environmentally sound recycling of coal ash and safe disposal of coal ash in landfills and surface impoundments. In support of the CCR projects FCS has worked on the following systems:

  • Submerged Chain Conveyor System (Replacing Sluiced Bottom Ash System)
  • Dry Vacuum-Type Dry Ash Conveying System
  • Dense Phase Ash Conveyor (DEPAC) System
  • Fly Ash Handling Pressure System
  • Gypsum Dewatering System
  • Coal Combustible Residual Transport System
  • Coal Combustible Residual Electrical Distribution System

Maintenance Management Support


FCS has assisted with the development and installation computerized Maintenance Management Systems at numerous utility and manufacturing plants.

These systems provide a "state-of-the-art" solution to the automation of maintenance management functions. The systems allow for easy customization, and the data collected is available to users in the most flexible format possible. It assists maintenance personnel with their basic activities:

  1. Maintenance planning, scheduling, and record keeping
  2. Spare parts control
  3. Purchasing
  4. Storage and retrieval of equipment data
  5. Preventive, Predictive and Corrective Maintenance activities


A key component of reliable service, managed through a computerized MMS, is having the following elements to ensure reliable equipment operations:



Although not specially part of an MMS implementation, Facility Lockout-Tagout (LOTO) Procedures are an important part of an effective maintenance management as they ensure the maintenance work is done safely. FCS can provide comprehensive and site specific LOTO as required.