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Where are we with the safer nuclear option known as nuclear fusion?

Where are we with the safer nuclear option known as nuclear fusion?

World' largest NUCLEAR FUSION reactor is in the making with an estimated cost of over 22 billion.
Generator Maintenance: Using PD Measurements to Identify Stator Winding Insulation Problems

Generator Maintenance: Using PD Measurements to Identify Stator Winding Insulation Problems

Canadian provincial utility BC Hydro uses on-line partial discharge measurements to identify winding insulation problems in the stators atits hydro facilities. Several decades of experience show that this type of measurement is an efficient tool for assessing insulation condition.
Tech Briefs

Tech Briefs

New tool available to assess impact of building dams
RCC dam seminar featured lessons learned, tours

RCC dam seminar featured lessons learned, tours

More than 60 people from 14 countries participated in the International RCC Dams Seminar and Study Tour (RCC 2007), March 18 to 23 in the U.S. state of Georgia.
Seeing Deep Green with Low-velocity Tidal Power

Seeing Deep Green with Low-velocity Tidal Power

Resembling an underwater kite and comprised of a carbon-fibre wing with a turbine slung underneath rather like a gondola, the so-called Deep Green device is secured to the seabed with a tether and moves in a figure of eight-shaped path in the tidal or ocean current.
Tapping the Power of Low-Velocity Tidal Currents

Tapping the Power of Low-Velocity Tidal Currents

By David Appleyard A novel tidal power generation device has moved a step closer to commercialization with the development of a simulator to support sea trials, currently under way in Ireland’s Strangford Lough. Developers of this technology hope it will become a substantial part of the new energy mix by the end of the decade.
Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business

Makeover Puts CHARMM Back in Biofuels Business

Biofuels scientists are asking more complex questions about how molecules spin, bond, and break when enzymes attack plants — all in the name of quickening the process of turning biomass into fuels for the sake of cleaner air and better energy security.
Rehabilitation of Turbines at the Ohakuri Hydro Power Station

Rehabilitation of Turbines at the Ohakuri Hydro Power Station

Turbine rehabilitation at the 112 MW Ohakuri Hydro Power Station in New Zealand was owner Mighty River Power's most complex program of works of any it had previously performed.
A round-up of news from around the world

A round-up of news from around the world

US WIND CAPACITY SURGE The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released figures showing that installed US wind capacity grew by 45%, or some 5244 MW, in 2007. The new wind projects account for about 30% of the entire new power-producing capacity added nationally over the year. The total installed wind capacity is now 16,818 MW, spread across 34 states, and this year that is expected to generate 48 TWh or just over 1% of US electricity supply, AWEA says. At more than 2.9 GW, installations in the last quarter of 2007 alone surpassed the 2.45 GW installed in all of 2006. Meanwhile, Texas consolidates its lead with 4356 MW installed followed by California, Minnesota and Iowa with 2439 MW, 1299 MW, and 1273 MW installed respectively. GE Energy continued to lead in wind turbine sales, with 45% of the market in terms of new capacity installed at 2342 MW. Second came Vestas at 953 MW, followed by Siemens and Gamesa with 863 MW and 484 MW respectively. FPL Energy was the top developer, with 956 MW in 2007 alone. 'This is the third consecutive year of record-setting growth, establishing wind power as one of the largest sources of new electricity supply for the country,' said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. 'This remarkable and accelerating growth is driven by strong demand, favourable economics, and a period of welcome relief from the on-again, off-again, boomand- bust, cycle of the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind power,' he added.