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This report discusses the state of knowledge and techniques for monitoring of power plant cooling water systems, including control of cooling processes and evaluation of water treatment programs.
This report discusses results of EPRI research on expected costs and performance for new and retrofit fossil-fuel power plants with carbon capture and storage. Plant types include pulverized coal, fluidized-bed combustion, integrated gasification combined cycle, and natural gas combined cycle.
With a focus on utility-scale solar plants, this paper investigates links between plant design and long-term operations and maintenance costs, such as the effects of row spacing, racking and tracking, cable management, soiling and vegetation management, data monitoring and communications set-up, and inverter selection and engineering.
The focus of this study is identifying and resolving operational challenges related to power plant cycling, drawing from previous EPRI reports, literature reviews, and interviews with utilities about operating experiences.
Using data sets from five utilities, this study characterized the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss in various worker groups and occupational environments.
The high-altitude detonation of a nuclear weapon can generate a large electromagnetic pulse—a sudden burst of electromagnetic radiation. This modeling study assessed the impacts of such a burst on bulk-power transformers.
Fine-mesh traveling water screens are likely to be the technology of choice for meeting new fish-protection regulations for cooling water intakes in power plants. This modeling study aimed to determine the cause of two recent failures of these devices at ConEdison’s East River Generating Station.
This report introduces the concept of water footprint—a measure of water consumed to make a product—and how it relates to water risk analysis and management. It also examines the business case for water risk analysis and management in the electric power sector.
There is a growing body of species and other environmental data from citizen science (scientific research conducted by people not professionally trained as scientists). This report discusses citizen science, uses in academia and government, and potential benefits and risks of the data.
While many power plants use coals that have been cleaned to reduce ash and sulfur, they require additional cleaning of gaseous emissions to achieve the near-zero emissions that may be required in the future. This research evaluated whether three promising pre-combustion coal cleaning technologies combined with flue gas cleaning could achieve near-zero emissions consistently and cost-effectively. The focus was on bituminous coal.
This annual conference focuses on low-level radioactive waste management at nuclear power plants, low- and intermediate-level liquid and solid radioactive waste operations, and shipping and disposal of radioactive waste. Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts for original papers.
Established in Wilsonville, Alabama by the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Carbon Capture Center tests advanced carbon capture technologies for combustion and gasification in coal-fired power plants. This report discusses 2016 test activities with technologies such as solvents, sorbents, catalysts, and membranes for pre- and post-combustion capture.