Issue 45

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Significant droughts throughout the world have forced thermoelectric power producers to cut production, creating a risk of shortages. We find out how water management in power plants can be improved by equipping plants with fuel technologies that consume less water.

Also, we announce our Future Power Technology Award: Ones to Watch 2013, consider how power plants can ensure worker safety in confined spaces, discuss how organisations can cultivate a comprehensive safety management system and look at how Germany plans to integrate renewable energy into its power supply.

Moreover, we take a look at the challenges of maintaining marine turbines on the seabed, tackle the issue of mass kidnappings in the oil and gas industry and profile the top ten biggest wind farms and nuclear plants.

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In this issue

Ones to Watch
To recognise outstanding achievements in energy generation, we are proud to announce the inaugural Future Power Technology Award: Ones to Watch 2013.
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Thirsty Work
Water is essential for power generation and droughts can have a significant impact on electricity supply. We find out how fossil and nuclear plant operators can improve the efficiency of water management.
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Keeping Safe in Confined Spaces
Ensuring worker safety in confined spaces is a particular concern for power plant management. NV Energy’s Christine Hinshaw discusses the challenges and considerations of confined space safety management.
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Face the Risks
Fossil fuel generation requires careful hazard management. Bob Taylor, former manager of ES&H at American Electric Power explains how organisations can cultivate a comprehensive safety management system.
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Syncing Germany’s Power Supply
With Germany incorporating increasing amounts of renewable energy into its power supply, how can the challenges of intermittency and integration be resolved? We investigate the potential solutions under development.
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Time to Adapt
As flexible operation becomes more important in the course of the energy transition, operators of German thermal power stations are facing new challenges. Hans Christian Schröder and Achim Foos of TÜV SÜD Industrie Service explain how a new approach to maintenance can help.
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Maintaining Marine Turbines
The complex challenge of turbine maintenance in the hostile underwater environment is an obstacle to wider tidal energy adoption. We look at the initiatives to improve marine turbine life expectancy.
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Prepare and Protect
In the last year incidences of mass kidnappings in Algeria and Nigeria dominated the headlines. Kidnap insurance broker Jenny Carter-Vaughan tells Future Power Technology how the problem is more widespread than is reported.
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The World’s Biggest Nuclear Plants
For some countries, nuclear is the most important source of power, resulting in large, high-capacity plants. We profile the ten biggest nuclear power plants by capacity in the world.
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The Biggest Wind Farms in the World
The US dominates when it comes to wind power, with eight of the biggest wind farms located in the States. We profile the ten largest wind farms in the world by installed capacity.
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Next Issue

Plans for a tidal barrage generating power on the Severn estuary were dealt a further blow this year when the UK Government ruled out further development on the existing plans. We find out if this energy mega-project could still have a future.

With new research indicating that US water resources could support the growth of enough algae to produce 25 billion gallons of fuel a year, we ask why algae-based power production is still being overlooked. We ask analysts why the US represents the best conditions for new SMR installations and investigate Russia’s controversial floating nuclear power plant project.

Moreover, we find out more about the opening of NATO’s new Energy Security Centre and investigate how an effective recharging network can be developed to accommodate a growing number of ultra low-emission vehicles in the UK.

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