ISA launches Global Cybersecurity Alliance

The International Society of Automation (ISA; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; www.isa.org), developer of ANSI/ISA 62443 series of automation and control systems cybersecurity standards (adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission and endorsed by the United Nations), has created an open, collaborative forum to advance cybersecurity awareness, readiness, and knowledge sharing. The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance will […]

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Aspen Tech announces two acquisitions to boost AI, visualization offerings

 Aspen Technology, Inc. (www.aspentech.com) has signed an agreement to acquire Mnubo Inc., a Montreal-based provider of purpose-built artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT). Mnubo enables industrial companies to assemble and deploy AI-driven IoT applications quickly, at enterprise scale. The acquisition is expected to close within the next five business […]

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Fully Digital Nuclear I&C Upgrade Gets ‘Unprecedented’ NRC License

A fully digital nuclear reactor instrumentation and control system (I&C)—the first of its kind in the U.S.—at a Purdue University research reactor in West Lafayette, Indiana, has been licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Upgrades to digitalize Purdue University Reactor Number 1 (PUR 1)—a pool-type12-kWt reactor (that runs at 1 kW) originally built in […]

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How to Position Your Power Company for the Future

Faced with the challenge of making the right moves to accommodate a swiftly changing energy ecosystem, one question draws into sharp focus for generators and the entire power and utilities industry: What will their role become in the years ahead, considering evolving portfolio mixes and changing industry dynamics? Leaders know there’s a very real possibility […]

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How to Monitor and Predict Operational Performance with Digital Analytics [PODCAST]

Power plants are capturing operational data in ever-increasing amounts. However, analyzing all the data can be challenging. A number of tools are available that can help. In this episode of The POWER Podcast, two experts from one technology provider explain how big data can be analyzed to identify trends and create actionable information to solve […]

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Saudi Arabia’s first hydrogen fueling station

Saudi Aramco (Dhahran; www.saudiaramco.com) and Air Products (Allentown, Pa.; www.airproducts.com)  inaugurated the first hydrogen fueling station in Saudi Arabia at Air Products’ new Technology Center in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park. The pilot station will fuel an initial fleet of six Toyota Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicles with high-purity compressed hydrogen. The announcement comes amid […]

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The POWER Interview: Navigant Navigates Changing Energy Landscape

The rapid evolution of the world’s power generation landscape is creating challenges for utilities and others in the energy space, as power plant owners and operators adapt to new technologies and changing business models. Jan Vrins, managing director and segment leader for Navigant’s global Energy practice, is immersed in this change. Vrins, who joined Navigant […]

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Partnership to develop virtual reality training on hazardous materials

HTX Labs LLC (Houston; www.htxlabs.com) the creator of enterprise immersive training simulations and technology for global business entities and government institutes, and Solvay GBU Peroxides North America, an industry leader in advanced materials and specialty chemicals, announced today a joint agreement to create a line of virtual reality (VR) training programs focused on hazardous material […]

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TRITON/TRISIS Cyberattacker Has a New Target: Power Sector

XENOTIME, a cyberthreat activity group thought responsible for TRISIS/TRITON malware attacks on safety instrumented systems (SIS) at an oil and gas Middle Eastern facility in 2017, has been probing power company networks in the U.S. and elsewhere, new intelligence from industrial control systems (ICS) security firm Dragos shows.  “In February 2019, Dragos identified a change in […]

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Report highlights role of AI and blockchain for the chemical process industries

Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology are poised to make an impact on the chemical process industries (CPI) as the industries continue on the path to digital transformation. A recent report by Accenture titled Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain: Insights and Actions for the Chemical Industry, outlines how AI has the potential […]

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GE Launches New Analytics Technologies to Boost Grid Efficiency 

General Electric (GE) has rolled out a new portfolio of predictive analytics that could allow utilities to use data from transmission and distribution networks to achieve better operational efficiency as more distributed assets are introduced to the grid.  The company on June 11 unveiled three new grid analytics—for storm readiness, network connectivity, and effective inertia—that […]

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MHI Conducts Running Test of Explosion-proof Plant Inspection Robot EX ROVR

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan; www.mhi.com) has conducted a running test of the prototype EX ROVR, a plant inspection robot with explosion protection features to limit the danger of the robot itself igniting an explosion or fire from electric sparks or heat, even in areas with flammable gas. The test was conducted jointly […]

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Blockchain Pilot Shows Promise for Grid Balancing

A blockchain pilot wrapped up by European transmission operator TenneT and storage solutions provider sonnen Group this May showed “tremendous potential” when used to network decentralized home storage

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Temperature Monitoring Protects Low-Voltage Assets

Early detection of increased temperatures helps avoid power distribution asset-related failures and unplanned shutdowns. Wireless technologies make implementing this predictive maintenance solution practical

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Technology for Predictive Maintenance Debuts at Connected Plant Conference

ProAxion (www.proaxion.io) will highlight the latest in Internet of Things (IOT) technology for providing predictive maintenance tools for both large and small industrial facilities during the upcoming Connected Plant Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 19-21. On display at booth 107 will be ProAxion’s innovative TACTIX™ 24×7 predictive maintenance system. The TACTIX system is unique […]

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