Future Power Technology Magazine: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 1

19 February 2014 (Last Updated February 19th, 2014 11:04)

In this issue: A smart snake robot for nuclear maintenance in hard-to-reach places, how transmission upgrades can help close the energy gap, the biggest gas turbine retrofit and upgrade contracts of 2013, and more

Future Power Technology Magazine: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 1

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Occupational safety at nuclear power plants has improved notably but accidents still happen. We speak to plant operators about avoiding complacency and creating a strong safety culture, and find out how technology and collaboration can help boost the sector's safety record. We also explore the skills of a smart snake robot designed to help out with monitoring and maintenance tasks in areas of nuclear plants that are inaccessible or too dangerous for engineers.

Moreover, we find out how transmission upgrades can help close the energy gap between plant closures and new builds, round up the biggest gas turbine retrofit and upgrade projects around the world, and explore the challenges of providing logistic support to energy companies working in remote areas.

We also take a look at the work of an offshore wind farm site manager and the skills required for the job, and speak to Spain's first female maintenance specialist at a hydroelectric plant about her career.

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In this issue

Future Mix
Which energy sources will power the US in the future? The EIA's projections for the country's energy generating capacity to 2014 give some clues.
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On the Job
There are many job opportunities in the wind energy sector, but what skills does it take? Heidi Vella speaks to offshore wind farm site manager Derek Whyte to find out.
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Super-Sized Upgrades
2013 witnessed numerous gas turbine retrofits and upgrades as operators of existing plants worked to keep pace with advanced gas turbine technologies. We look at the year's biggest gas retrofit and upgrade contracts.
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Staying Alert
Occupational safety at nuclear power plants has improved notably but accidents still happen. Heidi Vella finds out how technology, a safety culture and collaboration can boost the industry's safety record.
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Snaking the Way
There are tasks in a nuclear power plant that are inaccessible or simply too dangerous for engineers. Margot Knight finds out how CMU Biorobotics Lab's snake robot goes where humans can't go.
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Transmission Compensates
New power plants are expensive and can take years to build, but transmission upgrades can help close the energy gap. Dr Gareth
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Women in Power
Paula Valdés, Iberdrola engineer and Spain's first female maintenance specialist at a hydroelectric plant, tells Chris Lo more about her position and encourages more women to pursue careers in the energy industry.
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Complex Logistics
Providing logistics support in regions as far flung as the Arctic and offshore Brazil isn't easy, even for the experts. Elly Earls asks Steve Harley of third party logistics specialists, DHL, about the many challenges.
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Trust and Transparency
Large and complex supply chains create risk for companies on either end. Graham Dewhurst, director general of the Manufacturing Technologies Association, explains how manufacturers can build stronger relationships with their customers.
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Next Issue

Could a combination of different renewable sources boost green power output? We take a look at the 'solar wind' concept and other mixed source installations designed to increase the capacity of expensive new grid connections.

We also explore South Africa's geothermal power potential, take a look at the world's most powerful hydroelectric plants, and find out if innovation in nuclear reactor design can help keep the sector competitive with other power sources.

Moreover, we investigate what the coal power sector can do to help reduce carbon emissions, and take a look at power stations capable of performing a black start in the even to grid failure.

Also look out for our next Operations & Maintenance Special Issue which will be out on 20 May.

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