Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 4

20 November 2014 (Last Updated November 20th, 2014 03:56)

In this issue: Health and safety risks in offshore wind operations, assessing maintenance costs across different power sectors, new technology to deal with corrosion, mapping the UK’s nuclear waste processing system, Russia’s biggest energy installations and more.

Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 4

Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 4

The first incident data report from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association and the Energy Institute provides a comprehensive look at health and safety data in the offshore wind industry. We explore the biggest risks of working in this sector and find out how operators working to make sites safer for operations and maintenance staff.

We also review average O&M costs across different power sectors to find out which types of generation facilities are the most cost-efficient to maintain, and put the UK’s nuclear operations on the map to trace where radioactive waste is generated, transported to and disposed of.

Moreover, we take a look at the technological options for protecting power generation equipment against flue gas corrosion, profile the biggest power installations in Russia and find out why operations at Gaza’s only power station continue to be disrupted even though the plant has been rebuilt after the Israeli attacks in July.

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In this issue

The Cost Factor
Operations and maintenance costs vary widely between different forms of power generation but form an important part of any business case. Chris Lo explores average O&M costs to find out which generating facilities are the cheapest to maintain.
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Safety by Numbers
A first-ever incident data report from the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association and the Energy Institute provides a comprehensive look at health and safety in the offshore wind industry. Heidi Vella-Starr details the findings.
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Dealing with Corrosion
As power plants get older, in many cases running for decades, operators need to deal with damage caused by corrosive forces. Adam Leach finds out how corrosion can be countered.
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Short-Term Solutions
It may be decades before the UK Government creates a long-term storage solution for the country’s radioactive nuclear waste, so where is it processed and stored in the meantime? Heidi Vella-Starr puts the answers on the map.
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Gaza in the Dark
The Israeli attack on Gaza’s only power station in July left a population already burdened with rolling blackouts almost completely in the dark. While repair works are finished now, a lack of fuel is casting further shadows on the country’s energy security.
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Russia’s Power Houses
The ten biggest power stations in Russia include four hydroelectric power facilities, four nuclear power stations, and two gas-fired power stations. We profile Russia’s biggest power stations by installed capacity.
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Britain has called on industry to support the development of renewable energy in Africa but, with 70% of the region entirely off the grid, how will it do so? We take a look at the UK’s energy plans for Africa.

We also find out how China is aiming to become a leader in electric vehicles with a $16bn infrastructure expansion plan, and ask how India is tackling transmission losses with smart grid technology. Moreover, we investigate the carbon conundrum of using captured CO2 from CCS plants to enhance oil recovery, and explore a theory stating that the US could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by its burning coal in South Korea.

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