Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 53

6 August 2014 (Last Updated August 6th, 2014 02:00)

In this issue: How GE’s Alstom acquisition will affect the gas turbine market, the potential of open water heat pump technology, a wind turbine that floats 1,000ft above ground, the MIT’s oil rig-inspired concept for floating nuclear power plants and more.

Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 53

Future Power Technology Magazine: Issue 53 | August 2014

Ever since news first broke that GE was in talks to acquire Alstom's power generation division, the deal has been surrounded by controversy: From the threat to French jobs to accusations from angered competitors and the French government getting involved, there have been many twists and turns. With a deal that has turned out quite different from the original proposal finally going ahead, we find out how GE taking over Alstom's gas turbine operations will affect the global market and the main competitors.

We also take a look at the potential of open water heat pump technology, explore a new idea for wind power that floats a turbine at 1,000 feet above ground in a helium-filled shell and find out how microgrids could help provide electricity to the energy poor in remote and developing areas.

As the US MIT follows the Russian example and throws its own design for a floating nuclear plant into the ring, we find out how the engineers are combining small modular nuclear reactors with technology inspired by offshore oil rigs. Moreover, we hear from the WNA about the most efficient ways to improve maintenance regimes and take a look at two groundbreaking carbon capture and storage projects in North America.

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In this issue

Building a New Powerhouse
GE's plan to acquire Alstom's power generation division has been surrounded by controversy. With the US power giant about to get its hands on Alstom's gas turbine operation, Adam Leach asks how the deal will affect the market overall.
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A Plentiful Source
UK Cabinet Minister Ed Davey has described open water heat pump technology as 'a game changer'. Julian Turner talks to Mike Spenser-Morris of Zero Carbon Partnership's revolutionary Kingston Heights development project that is proving doubters wrong
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New Heights
MIT spin-off Altaeros Energies has created the BAT - the Buoyant Airborne Turbine, found within a helium-filled shell, and able to float 1,000 feet above ground. Ross Davies learns more from co-founder and CEO Ben Glass
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The Microgrid Intervention
Small-scale decentralised microgrids are touted as being one of the most credible ways to provide electricity to the energy poor. Heidi Vella discusses the challenges developers face in managing the communities they serve
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A Combination of Concepts
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are introducing a new concept to floating nuclear power which brings together small modular nuclear reactors and offshore oil rigs. Adam Leach investigates
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Optimal Reliability
As the nuclear fleet ages and reactor lifespans increase, more efficient maintenance regimes are a must to keep costs under control and plant availability high. David Hess of WNA explains how operators can keep fuel costs low while optimising maintenance for safe, reliable power production
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Breaking Ground with CCS
For the first time, a coal-fired power plant is being retrofitted with carbon capture storage. Heidi Vella finds out more about the plant, located in Canada and near completion, as well as a similar project under construction in the US
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Next issue preview

As the Scottish independence referendum draws nearer, we explore the country's position as a leader in renewable energy and find out how the situation would change if independence became a reality.

We also take a look at China's push for high-temperature reactors, chart the evolution of clean coal technologies and explore the potential of Google Glass for maintenance.

Moreover, we look at projects that aim to demonstrate how renewables can change the world - from a solar-powered flight around the world to the impact of clean energy on women's lives in developing countries.

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