The available information on combustion, flow control, treatment and environmental compliance for gas turbines and reciprocating engines is doubling every few years. It is now more challenging than climbing Mt. Everest to find the most current and relevant information. Rapid developments include zero liquid discharge (ZLD) technologies, repairable valves, high efficiency air inlet filters, treatment of feedwater for HRSGs and emission control improvements. The need for constant cycling of turbine generators to compensate for wind and solar fluctuations is creating some unanticipated problems. Purifying the CO2 exhaust for adjacent use in indoor agriculture is a big opportunity but also a challenge.
The four knowledge needs are Alerts, Answers, Analysis and Advancement. These needs are served in a number of unique ways in the McIlvaine’s Gas Turbine, Reciprocating Engines Decisions. The system is free of charge to any power plant in the world. This wide reach makes it very important to suppliers who add considerable value with their input.
Alerts: The service includes a biweekly Alert.
Answers: The intelligence system includes thousands of pages of papers, articles and power point presentations. The coverage is international. Many developments in one country are not known in other countries. A system used by power plant owners and suppliers in all countries assures better information exchange.
Analysis: There are regularly scheduled webinars. Hundreds of hours of recorded webinars can be immediately retrieved. A number of LinkedIn discussion groups have been created. The group entitled “HRSG Valve Decisions” addresses the challenge of frequent cycling and the advantages of repairable valves. The webinars provide ways to aggregate and analyze the data being added in the LinkedIn discussion groups. The air inlet webinars have provided answers to the question as to when high efficiency inlet air filters should be selected. The intelligence system provides the foundation for discussion group participants.
One of the primary goals is to make it easier for power plants to make total cost of ownership analyses at reasonable cost. The system includes white papers and identifies experts who can make contributions.
Advancement: The recorded webinars and the intelligence system are very valuable as training tools. They can be utilized for basic training or keeping the most senior people current with new developments.
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