D 1.1 Risk Categorization of Utility Underground Cable Systems
D1.1 RISK CATEGORIZATION OF UTILITY UNDERGROUND CABLE SYSTEMS
Steffen Ziegler – Imcorp
Underground distribution cable system failures can be predicted. Avoiding cable system failures begins with understanding how cables fail. Analyzing and interpreting results from partial discharge (PD) measurements taken in the field can be a complex task for humans. Machine learning algorithms and deep learning algorithms are used to automatically identify and categorize markers of defects contained in the PD measurements. These algorithms are used to categorize different defect types by risk of going to failures soon. Examples of identified defects will be presented. A roadmap to achieve broader utility distribution efficiencies, powered by machine learning and AI, will be presented.
D 1.2 Flexible Operation of Steam Generation Power Plants
D1.2 Flexible Operation of Steam Generation Power Plants
Dennis Barlow – General Electric
Renewable power sources are becoming more prevalent in our energy marketplace. However, renewable sources such as Wind, Hydro, Solar, etc. have limitations when supplying continuous, reliably power to the grid. Specifically, limitations with availability of their energy sources. Until larger, utility scale power storage devices are commonly availably, our grid demand will rely on steam and gas generators to augment peaks and gaps in our power demand curve which result from incorporating renewable energy sources.
Historically steam electrical generators rely on expensive support fuels such as oil and gas for low load stabilizations and unit starts. Today a typical coal fired steam generator requires support fuel below 20 to 30% (Maximum Continues Rating) MCR for flame stabilization. Frequent starts also increase the use of support fuels. Also, burner control systems must be designed to allow for proper operation over the unit’s load range, ensuring that all mechanical components operate properly, and proper control of air and fuel streams can be maintained.
Meeting the demand for frequent starts and flame stabilization at low loads for coal fired steam generators, requires an innovative approach. This paper will explore recent advances in flame support technology such as Plasma Ignitors and control system upgrades, highlighting installation and operational experience of Plasma Ignitors on a 500 MW coal fired steam generator.
Global power producers are under pressure to deliver reliable, affordable, decarbonized electricity. On-demand power based on aero-derivative technology helps producers meet these competing goals. Rapidly expanding renewable energy sources provide zero-carbon generation, but these technologies vary output and are more susceptible to damage from severe weather. The shift seen in the generation mix in many areas from large central plants to intermittent and distributed power is also making it increasingly difficult to maintain reliability and power quality. As these issues become more pressing, the need for on-demand, fast response aero-derivatives are essential to maintaining a reliable electrical grid.
D 1.4 Power Generation, Natural Gas, Diesel Fuel, Power Storage
D1.5 POWER GENERATION, NATURAL GAS, DIESEL FUEL, POWER STORAGE
Daniel Barbersek – Waukesha Pearce Industries
The purpose of this presentation is to provide the audience with the knowledge of what effect that fuel selection has with engine performance, generator operation, system reliability and total cost of ownership.
The audience will all have a better understanding of why the natural gas generator market is growing at its current rate, and why natural gas generators are replacing diesel generators in their radiational markets. The audience will also learn the impact of fuel selection has on the maintenance and overall reliability of the generator system. they will also get an better understanding of rich burn Vs lean burn engines.
D1.6 UNIT FLEXIBILITY, KEEPING COAL FIRED GENEARTION ASSETS VIABLE AND OPTIMIZED
Bruce Ogden – EAPC Industrial Services
Do to an abundance of cheap natural gas and an increase in renewable power generation, large coal fired power plants must adapt to this new market. To survive and thrive the coal fired units need to become much more flexible. This presentation covers the challenges involved within industry to adapt and operate the units to match today’s market. This will include results from on-site Unit Flexibility Testing at large coal fired units (750 MW Net) where minimum load was decreased from 50% down to 20-25% of rated full load, and unit ramp rates were increased from the normal 3-4 MW/min up to 12-15 MW/min. We will discuss potential issues like SCR inlet temperature, Steam Temperatures, Controls Tuning. Unit Flexibility allows the coal fired unit to turn down without shutting down. This avoids short term and long term issues related to cycling the unit on and off. It also provides a greater degree off power grid/system reliability on very short notice.
D 1.6 On-site Generation – Sustainability and Infrastructure (Virtual)
D1.3 Using on-site generation projects to drive sustainability and Infrastructure Improvement
Pete Kelly – Head of Engineering – Red Tree Engineering
The presentation will focus on industry experience and current economic modeling for three typical onsite power generation options at industrial facilities: (1) new combined heat and power, (2) energy storage options, and (3) back-up gensets. The advantages of each option will be explored in the context of facility resiliency and GHG reduction.
Project best practices for integrating the project into host facilities and practical considerations for successful project completion will be covered, along with applications of innovative design, procurement, and construction package sequencing to maximize schedule efficiency and reduce project risk.
Vendors in the EUEC-sphere offer pragmatic answers to challenging power industry challenges, both in fossil and renewable energy power generation.
The U.S. market for power generation and supply is dynamic, complex, and geographically distributed. The challenge is, how do you get your excellent solutions in front of the right prospects at the right time?
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FirmoGraphs supports smart industry leaders who are providing:
-More-accurate options for trace-metal contaminant removal from coal ash pond water
-Innovative soil compaction technologies for safer landfill construction
-More-effective monitoring and instrumentation on combustion sources
-New handling solutions for temporary onsite water management
FirmoGraphs helps organizations find their ideal customers (the needle) in the vast and complex U.S. power market (the haystack). In this presentation, David Cox, FirmoGraphs President will share several real-world, ‘nerd marketing’ examples of how organizations use Business Intelligence to identify and reach the right target accounts.
1. Where do you source your data?
2. What states are tracked?
3. How many hours are put into data collection and curation?
D 2.2 DSI Retrofits Improves Performance and Saves Large Midwestern Utility
D2.4 Case Study - DSI Retrofits Improves Performance and Saves Large Midwestern Utility Millions
Craig Anderson – UCC Environmental
UCC Environmental recently retrofitted the DSI systems on three large units at a Midwestern coal-fired power plant to correct flow imbalances and improve hydrated lime dispersion in the duct. The pneumatic conveying piping was re-designed and new splitters were installed to correct the flow imbalances and give equal distribution to the lances. In addition, UCC performed extensive CFD modeling and installed their patented COBRA Lances to improve sorbent dispersion and SO3 removal performance. The result was two-fold. Plugging of the splitters/convey lines was minimized and the hydrated lime consumption was reduced by 30 to 50 percent, depending on the unit. The maintenance and sorbent savings are substantial, equaling millions of dollars annually.
The lime used for SO2 removal is one of the largest operating costs in a Dry FGD system. The quality of lime used, and the reagent preparation procedure before feeding the lime to the scrubber, has a significant effect on the reactivity of the lime with SO2. The water quality used for lime hydration and the temperature conditions in the hydration process are the primary variables in the reagent preparation process. Regular quality control tests on the purchased lime and the on site hydration process can result in significant cost savings.
D 2.4 Simulator Training and Program with Integrated Technologies
D2.5 Developing a Simulator Training and Qualification Program with Integrated Technologies
Josh Carlucci – WSC
To comply with the new law changes in California and enable a more reliable energy future, AES is finishing the commissioning of two newly built, modern gas fired combined cycle power plants, each facility rated at 640 MW located at the Alamitos and Huntington Beach sites in California. The process, technology and automation used in new CCGT plants is quite different than the conventional gas fired steam generators.
In support of new plant startup, the AES Southland Construction Management Team (CMT) has developed a comprehensive training and qualification program with help from GP Strategies, WSC and Technical Training Professionals, that includes the following: 3D model-based training, instructor-led training (ILT), site-specific 3D videos, an online learning management system (LMS) for qualification tracking, and a high-fidelity simulator to prepare plant operators for startup and to maintain successful, ongoing plant operations.
This presentation will discuss the implementation strategy and best practices of the simulator training and qualification program, which is enabling AES’s operators to be effectively prepared for day one.
D 2.5 Climate resilience: Mitigation and adaptation to risk reduction (virtual)
D2.1 Climate resilience: Moving beyond mitigation and adaptation to understand risk reduction
Dan Walker – EA Engineering
The increased risk posed by changes in weather and climate extremes—flood, drought, hurricanes and tornados, heat waves and cold snaps, hailstorms, and snowstorms—is leading to significant shifts in financial and government decision making. Government regulators are more insistent that weather and climate risk be fully understood, disclosed, and addressed. Understanding options for reducing a utility’s carbon footprint or minimizing potential physical impacts from weather and climate extremes are just the first steps toward understanding vulnerability and developing risk reduction strategies. Insights from a variety of national efforts to make infrastructure more resilient can provide useful insights.
D 2.6 Overview on Mercury Control Options for Coal-Burning Power Plants (VIRTUAL)
D2.6 Overview on Mercury Control Options for Coal-Burning Power Plants
Evan Granite – USDOE Fossil Energy & Carbon Management
With the USEPA issuing a national regulation requiring high levels of mercury capture, the need exists for low-cost removal techniques that can be applied to coal-burning power plants. The injection of powdered activated carbon into the ductwork upstream of the particulate control device is the most developed technology for mercury capture. Alternative techniques for mercury capture also play a role because of the numerous configurations of air pollution control devices present within the power plants, as well as the many different coals and coal-blends being burned. These methods employ sorbents, catalysts, scrubber liquors, flue gas or coal additives, combustion modification, flue gas cooling, barrier discharges, and ultraviolet radiation for the removal of mercury from flue gas streams. The DOE Mercury Program was an enormous success, spurring continuing development, demonstration, and commercialization of many technologies for the capture of mercury.
An overview of current and alternative technologies for mercury capture from coal-derived flue gas will be provided. In addition, six methods for mercury control within coal-derived flue and fuel gases have been recently developed at NETL and will be discussed. The on-going research needs for mercury control include improved sorbent-flue gas contact, development of poison-resistant sorbents and catalysts, novel sorbent promoters, new scrubber additives for retention of mercury within wet FGD systems, concrete-friendly activated carbons, new continuous measurement methods, benign coal additives, byproducts research, and exploration of international markets.
Co-Authors: Elliot Roth, Ken Ladwig and Ward Burgess, U.S. DOE NETL
D 3.1 Common Pump Bearing Problems and How to Solve Them
D3.1 Common Pump Bearing Problems and How to Solve Them
Keith Brand – Business Development Manager – Thordon Bearings Inc.
There are a number of issues that relate to bearing failures in a pump. Such failures can have catastrophic results. Choosing the correct bearing for the application can help insure reliable pump service. The author examines a variety of pump bearings, comparing their strengths and weaknesses.
Conventional Oil & Gas (O&G) and Power Generation industries have a plethora of rotating equipment and associated data collected and analyzed over several years. Organizations in these areas will require significant course corrections to achieve green-energy targets and there will be a lot of lessons learned in the transition. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how to leverage predictive/prescriptive analysis of data collected from rotating equipment installed in upstream and downstream O&G facilities to optimize performance and output from offshore / onshore wind farms.
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the challenges that Maintenance departments face today and the strategies that can be embraced to improve their efficiencies. Maintenance monitoring technologies have been in the market for years but improvement in their utilization is a continuous goal. How will that be achieved when Maintenance resources are limited, shrinking and compounded by a retiring, experienced workforce. With a goal of continuous improvement, leveraging emerging technologies is critical in Maintenance departments achieving their goal of eliminating Unplanned Downtime and its associated costs.
D 3.4 Remote Inservice Oil Condition Monitoring – it’s for real “Real Time”
D3.4 Remote Inservice Oil Condition Monitoring – it’s for real “Real Time”
Rodney Sims – Industrial Lubrication Services
Oil analysis the leading indicator of machinery issues but currently a time lag in testing methods
Mobile Oil Testing – On Site Analysis
Online – Continuous Monitoring
Digital Technology –Face Recognition Software
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the challenges that Maintenance departments face today and the strategies that can be embraced to improve their efficiencies. Oil condition monitoring technologies have been in the market for years and the continuous improvements are impressive and lend their self to utilization in a comprehensive maintenance plan. How will that be achieved when maintenance resources are limited, shrinking and compounded by a retiring experienced workforce? Continuous improvement, leveraging and embracing the emerging technologies is critical in Maintenance departments achieving their goal of eliminating costly unexpected downtime and increasing profitable uptime.
D 3.5 Using Fluid Analysis to achieve Proactive Management of Assets
D3.5 Using Fluid Analysis to achieve Proactive Management of Assets
John Dengel – ALS
ALS provides fluid analysis for power generation equipment, such as transformers, turbines, Turbo Machinery, Pumps, and all types of industrial equipment and assets. These fluid analysis programs are designed around the unique challenges and regulations necessary to keep your equipment in safe, working, order. This includes Transformer oil analysis; Turbine & Industrial oil testing, etc. The goal is not only to diagnose issues; but ideally to move into a predictive and proactive environment for your assets through trending analysis and AI to minimize or eliminate potential costly outages. A compelling ROI can be achieved by minimizing equipment downtime, permit more efficient maintenance scheduling, protect warranty claims, and increase equipment resale value. ALS provides fluid testing across many industries and a variety of testing services for oil, fuel, coolant, grease, metalworking fluid, and transformer oil. ALS does through Lab testing of the Fluids and/or utilizing sensors that provide a real-time, in-line fluid sensing technology for the detection of:
1. Metallic Wear Debris and particulates in a lubrication system.
2. Monitoring oil health for health state of lubricating fluids by providing continuous insight
3. Overall fluid quality
All in a manner of providing Actionable Information to our Clients that is meaningful that will allow for lower-cost corrective actions rather than conventional schedule based maintenance
D 2.7 Spies in your Network: Why your company is a target and how you got pawned ( VIRTUAL)
D2.3 Spies in your network: Why your company is a target and how you got pwned
John Bryk – DNG-ISAC
Cyber intrusions are in the news ever day. Nation-states want your proprietary information and in some cases, your money as well. Your home and family are also at risk from internet bottom-feeders. I’ll help you see the invisible bullseye surrounding you at this moment.
We’ll focus on WHY you are a target, HOW bad actors find you and your organization, and their processes to gain access, and WHAT you can do to protect your business and your family!