How Artificially Intelligent Boiler Combustion Tuning Systems Save Power Plants Millions

Recent testing and verification of an upgraded boiler combustion tuning system revealed the potential to save millions of dollars per year in fuel costs. Taiwan-based Linkou Thermal Power Plant’s Duel 800MW rated combustion units were both fitted with an AI combustion tuning system to improve fuel economy.

Power plants can save on costs to the tune of millions over the operational lifetime of a boiler by implementing a self-learning boiler burner management system. This article discusses how artificial intelligence based systems reduce fuel consumption and cost while driving combustion efficiency upwards.

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Our Best Stories for 2017 and 2018 Industry Predictions

Here at Goodway we want to wish all of our customers a Happy New Year! 2017 was a great year and we predict that 2018 will be even better as we continue to bring you more quality products and content relevant to HVAC maintenance, power generation, and food and beverage processing to improve the efficiency and productivity of your business. For over 50 years we’ve been providing innovative maintenance solutions for our customers, leveraging direct access to customers and an onsite engineering department-giving us the ability to listen to customer feedback and make those requests a reality.

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How Deficient Preventative Maintenance Impacts Power Plants

In April, an electrical component on an emergency generator at a major nuclear power plant failed during a scheduled test. This was due in part, to inadequate preventive maintenance measures. As a result, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission increased oversight of the facility pending resolution of the issue.

A nuclear meltdown is perhaps the most terrifying consequence of neglected maintenance. Electrical failures, like the one at Duke Energy, can result in fires if they’re not caught during inspection. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates the risk of meltdown due to fire is 50% compared to all other risk factors. That’s a scary statistic to consider.

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How a Plant Manager’s HVAC Problems Can Spark Product Innovation

If you’re a plant operations or maintenance manager, then you’re inherently a problem solver too. So when a big problem comes along, it’s tempting to feel as if you have to figure it out on your own.

This type of problem solving can be a relatively slow and stressful process when the equipment at risk is worth millions of dollars, and a trial and error approach is unacceptable. That’s where expanding your knowledge base and knowing who to trust becomes invaluable.

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Real-World Customer Success Powers Revamped Goodway.com

The right mix of tools and processes delivers crucial maintenance ROI for commercial and industrial HVAC companies — we’ve known that for years. But any other maintenance-intensive industry can also benefit by deploying top gear as well as using a little bit of savvy and the most effective methods.

For instance, take Rexnord Corp.’s seal factory’s maintenance success. Eight Goodway VAC-2 industrial vacuums have boosted the factory’s operational efficiency — and these vacuums haven’t had to be service or replaced in three years.

Want some details? Rexnord Corp. is one of the many organizations featured on our new customer case studies and testimonials pages hosted on the revamped Goodway.com website.

Keep reading to see if your company’s use case is included:

CASE STUDIES

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Numbers Game: Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid Discharge

Numbers Game Plant Pollution And Zero Liquid DischargePower requires water—whether generated through coal-fired or biomass plants, or consumed by manufacturing facilities. Cooling towers are a prime example—in many cases they utilize more than 90 percent of a plant’s water supply. And despite best efforts, the resulting “blowdown” is often dumped after three or four cycles, creating both efficiency and pollution problems. As noted by Water World, however, the rise of effective Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technologies may now make it possible to create a closed system, reduce costs and ultimately improve environmental conditions.

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Coal and The Cold Shoulder—UK Considers Closures

Coal and The Cold Shoulder—UK Considers ClosuresPower generation is a hot topic. Renewable energy sources like solar and wind power have grabbed public attention, while governments look for ways to minimize the environmental impact of traditional fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas. In the U.K., there’s talk of closing all coal-fired plants by 2023 in an effort to curb greenhouse emissions, while on American soil some coal plants struggle to deliver their power quota.

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New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA Rule

New Report Suggests Serious Water Worries as States Strike Back at EPA RuleHow safe is American water? The debate has been raging for years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says businesses aren’t doing enough to safeguard both small and large waterways, while companies and state lawmakers alike claim that the agency is overstepping its bounds. As noted by EP Online, a new report now argues that EPA numbers about water pollution are serious underestimates, even as multiple states line up to challenge the new Clean Water Rule. Bottom line? This is a murky situation at best.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan: Problem or Potential?

Obama's Clean Power Plan Problem or PotentialPresident Obama hasn’t made many friends with the announcement of his Clean Power Plan—power producers, Republican opposition leaders, and even typically supportive Democrats have spoken out against the proposed changes.

The plan seems simple enough: Reduction of air pollution from currently operating plants, significant limitations on any new plant emissions and state-by-state reduction goals designed to slash carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent by 2030. But with all the conflict over Obama’s new plan it’s time to clear the air: Are power plants staring down the barrel of more problems or does this represent big potential?

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Serial Soot? Power Producers Under Scrutiny Worldwide

Serial Soot? Power Producers Under Scrutiny WorldwideSoot ranks just behind CO2 when it comes to potential climate change culprits, but may also be responsible for several other ills—a recent study pegs it as the primary driver of glacier melt in Tibet, while residents of a Canadian town are finding ways to manage a veritable “soot storm”. Power providers are now under scrutiny across the globe to manage soot emissions and control this combustion byproduct, but can they get a handle on serial soot production?

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