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Mercury removal product wins Product of the Year award

Novinda Corp., located at booth No. 3965, announced that its Amended Silicates, a reagent for the removal of mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, was named a 2012 Product of the Year by Environmental Protection Magazine in the Air Quality and Climate category.

Novinda pioneered the concept of a reagent for removing mercury with chemical reactions rather than through adsorption technologies. Amended Silicates met or exceeded the mercury removal rates required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS).

U.S. Government Promoting Exports at POWER-GEN

The Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are collaborating in a series of activities to promote exports during POWER-GEN International.

POWER-GEN is a participant in DOC’s International Buyer Program, a joint U.S. government-industry effort designed to stimulate U.S. exports by promoting major U.S. industry exhibitions to international markets. Commerce and EPA representatives are meeting with power industry delegates from international markets and U.S. companies in POWER-GEN’s Global Business Center in room S210 A-C.  The Department of Commerce is also holding training along with EPA for its Commercial Service Energy Team at POWER-GEN International.

The Department of Commerce and EPA are working together to promote U.S. technology exports by integrating EPA’s technical analysis into Commerce’s export promotion and trade policy activities. The two agencies lead The Environmental Export Initiative - an effort to enhance interagency efforts to support U.S. exports of technologies relevant to air emission, water, and solid waste management.  An early deliverable of these efforts is the Environmental Solutions Exporter Portal - an on-line one stop shop for companies interested in U.S. government services and products that facilitate exports. It provides a direct line to U.S. trade and environmental protection specialists and includes information on foreign markets, export facilitation services, export finance products, trade promotion events, and policy initiatives that support the U.S. technology exports.

ABB installs alarm management and handling systems at TVA plant

ABB, exhibiting in booth #2000, is providing the S+ Operations Alarm Management EEMUA 191 and ISA SP 18.2 Compliant Alarm Handling solution for Tennessee Valley Authority’s Paradise coal-fired power plant in Kentucky.

TVA Paradise purchased the S+ Operations for Alarm Management as a stand-alone alarm management solution to be used to monitor, detect and respond to abnormal solutions. The system is an integral part of S+ Operations and provides EEMUA 191 and ISA SP 18.2 compliant alarm analysis. The operator console comes preconfigured with industry standard reports and custom analysis reports.

Wood Group, Rockwell Automation form partnership

Wood Group GTS and Rockwell Automation have formed a strategic partnership to facilitate the development of a fully integrated, open architecture controls platform for power generation applications. This relationship will enable Wood Group GTS to deliver services beyond a typical system integrator, working collaboratively with Rockwell Automation to provide GE heavy frame gas turbine operators with an open architecture, fully integrated controls platform.

The immediate focus of this new partnership is the launch of a controls upgrade for DLN equipped GE Frame 6B, 7E, and 9E gas turbines, including Balance of Plant, with future expansion into F-class machines.

MHI introduces fast start-up gas turbine

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) has developed and is now marketing the 310 MW M501JAC gas turbine, an air-cooled version of the company’s steam-cooled J-Series gas turbine introduced in 2009.

The M501JAC features reduced start-up time while maintaining the same level of performance as the M501J. The turbine also features an efficiency rating above 41 percent. In a gas turbine combined-cycle (GTCC) arrangement, MHI pursues output of 450 MW and an efficiency rating in excess of 61 percent with a one-on-one single shaft configuration.

With the addition of the air-cooled M501JAC, MHI will be in a position to respond ever more precisely to diverse needs for advanced systems in the global market for power generation systems.

GTCC is a power generating system that combines power generation by gas turbine and generation by steam turbine by utilizing the exhaust energy from the gas turbine. A GTCC plant equipped with a J-Series gas turbine is capable of reducing CO2 emissions by half compared to a conventional coal-fired power generation plant, MHI said.

NAES takes over combined-cycle power plant

NAES Corp., a broad-based provider of services to the energy industry, has assumed operations of T-Power, a 425 MW combined-cycle power plant located in Tessenderlo, Belgium, approximately 40 miles east of Brussels. NAES is exhibiting in booth #5415.

T-Power is owned by ITOCHU, Siemens Project Ventures, Tessenderlo Chemie, and Tokyo Gas, and entered service in June 2011.  T-Power features single shaft technology, dispatches via a tolling agreement, and is the first independent power plant in Belgium.

GE receives three new orders for FlexEfficiency 60 portfolio

Golden Spread Electric Co-op Inc. of Amarillo, Texas, is purchasing three GE 7F 5-series gas turbines for three new power plants that will enter operation between March 2015 and March 2017. The turbines are a part of GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 portfolio that was introduced in September. GE is exhibiting in booth #2689.

Golden Spread will install the 7F 5-series gas turbines at sites to be determined in west Texas to provide power for its cooperative members who operate in the Southwest Power Pool and Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The Golden Spread projects follow more than $1.2 billion in orders GE previously announced for its FlexEfficiency 60 gas turbines, including five 7F 5-series gas turbines for three sites in the U.S.

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