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Future Power Technology: Operations & Maintenance Special Issue 5 | February 2015

According to research by Frost & Sullivan, the European power plant services market is set to reach revenues of more than €4bn by 2020. We investigate the drivers behind this growth and find out why the trend differs widely between Eastern and Western Europe. We also look into the rise in remanufactured gas turbine sales and explore the processes involved in giving decommissioned units a new lease of life.

Moreover, we ask whether the shift towards natural gas-fired generation in the US could help reduce the amount of water required by the industry, and investigate what role Eskom’s struggle to keep its maintenance regime on track has played in the ongoing energy supply crisis in South Africa.

We also catch up with new research project which aims to provide better support to nuclear engineers and control room operators in order to improve safety and efficiency in the sector as it transitions to new technologies, and find out how the creation of a ‘supergrid’ in Europe could improve transmission efficiencies and the integration of renewable energy sources across the continent.

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In this issue

Servicing a Growing Market
A new report predicts that Europe’s power plant services market is set to reach more than €4bn by 2020. Rod James investigates the drivers of growth and the challenges that lie ahead.
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A New Lease of Life
Remanufactured gas turbine packages are becoming increasingly popular with operators in developing regions who need power fast. Laura Walkinshaw speaks to Ansaldo Thomassen to find out more about this growing market.
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Turning Back the Taps
With the coal-fired to gas-fired generation ratio falling, and legacy coal plants increasingly replaced by natural gas, the water burden for cooling and ash-handling has significantly lessened. Dr Gareth Evans looks into the details.
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In the Dark
The collapse of a South African coal silo in November caused rolling blackouts across the country. Rod James asks why politicians are blaming national utility Eskom for exacerbating the country’s ongoing energy supply crisis.
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The Human Factor
Nuclear energy must evolve to secure its future, but how does change affect the performance of plant operators? Chris Lo finds out more about a new US Department of Energy-funded project that aims to answer this question.
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Super Power
Following the European Commission’s €86m investment in the French SuperGrid Institute, Adam Leach takes a look at what many believe offers the strongest chance of achieving mass decarbonisation: the supergrid.
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