Raw coal sampling system

When monitoring the efficiency of a combustion process, it is important to know and understand the nature of the coal being burned. Generally, a proximate analysis will include the following: heat value; moisture content; hardness (Hard Grove index); sulfur content; ash content and volatility. These parameters are essential when optimising the combustion process at coal-fired […]

Low voltage motor protection relay

The NewCode relay from NewElec is an ISO 9001:2000 compliant, locally designed and manufactured three phase electronic motor protection relay. The relay is fully configurable with the aid of free front-end software or a man-machine interface unit (MMI). An on-board data base stores fault and event records, which are date and time stamped. The front-end […]

Distributed control system for small to mid-size process applications

Honeywell recently announced the release of Experion LX, a purpose-built distributed control system for small to mid-size operations with continuous and batch process control applications. Experion LX is designed specifically for smaller plants (less than 5000 I/O points, one engineering server and up to 15 operator stations), that require a control system that is easy […]

French “fracking” ban to remain for foreseeable future

The recent decision to uphold the ban on hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) in France by the constitutional court, preventing further exploration activities for shale gas reserves, is unlikely to change in the near future, despite the warnings of advocates that France will miss out on a significant source of cheap energy, says a new report from […]

Changes to gas engine sales and service channels

Clarke Energy has made two key acquisitions in South Africa – GE’s South African Jenbacher gas engines service business and Agaricus Trading, the official sales representative of GE Jenbacher in the region. The company has also been awarded the status of distributor and service provider for these gas engines in South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana. […]

Company wins “Contractor of the Year” award

John Thompson’s utility boiler and environmental equipment business unit, based at Isando, has been named “Contractor of the Year” for 2012/2013 by Eskom’s Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga. The unit has a three-year boiler-contract with Tutuka. The company was commended for its high technical performance, quality control and safety record on the contract as its […]

Atomeco 2013 international forum

A panel discussion on the environmental issues of the civil application of nuclear energy took place in Moscow on 30 October as part of the AtomEco 2013 International Forum. The forum is aimed to create a platform for discussions on environmental security of nuclear industry both in Russia and worldwide, particularly in respect of radioactive […]

US for new small and medium-sized nuclear installations

At a time of increasing global demand for electricity and an ongoing need for safe, reliable and economical sources of energy, the US has proven itself the most attractive country for the construction of additional small and medium-sized reactors (SMRs), according to a new report from research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report […]

Advanced boiler reduces operating costs

Alstom recently unveiled its advanced circulating fluidised bed boiler at Power-Gen Asia in Thailand. Utilising the efficiency of ultra-supercritical (USC) steam conditions and the flexibility of circulating fluidised beds (CFB), the advanced CFB boiler offers 660 MW or more in output, based on the type of fuel. This boiler option reduces fuel consumption and the […]

China drives boiler, turbine and generator market

China’s reliance on thermal energy will become the key driver in the global boiler, turbine and generator (BTG) market in the near future, expects research and consulting firm Global Data. According to the company’s latest report, BTG market revenue in China will increase steadily from an expected total of US$20,9-billion in 2013 to $30,1-billion in […]