Southern Nuclear Adds New Power Plant Simulators

GSE Systems said it has delivered and commissioned three additional full-scope simulators for Southern Nuclear’s new Operations Training Centers. The simulators are for the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant, and the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant. Simulators provide efficient hands-on learning for power plant operators. While power plants of […]

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BASF and TU Berlin launch artificial intelligence cooperation

BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin; www.tu-berlin.de) have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the area of machine learning. The aim of the collaboration, Berlin-based Joint Lab for Machine Learning (BASLEARN), is to develop workable new mathematical models and algorithms for fundamental questions relating to chemistry, for example, from […]

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ACC and NAMUR sign cooperative agreement on automation and instrumentation

Recently, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com) on behalf of its Process Automation Users Group (PAUG) and NAMUR (Leverkusen, Germany; www.namur.net), the association of process industry end users of automation technology, have signed an agreement to cooperate on topics of common interest in automation and instrumentation technology The agreement focuses on improving processes, […]

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One of the world’s biggest cement producers chooses laboratory automation from thyssenkrupp

The Chinese company Anhui Conch Cement is one of the world’s biggest cement producers. China alone accounted for around 2.2 billion tons, or about 56%, of total world cement production in 2018. Anhui Conch Cement recently placed an order with thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Essen, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com) to supply four new polab laboratory automation systems, […]

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POWER Digest [August 2019]

VW Chooses MHPS to Modernize Cogen Plant. Volkswagen AG (VW) in early July said it chose Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPS Europe) to build a gas-and-steam power plant in Wolfsburg, as part of the

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Emerson opens industrial cybersecurity hub in India

Emerson (St. Louis, Mo.; www.emerson.com) opened its newest cybersecurity lab to help manufacturers confidently adopt digital transformation strategies, while protecting the integrity of their plant operations, networks, systems and data. The facility, part of Emerson’s larger global cybersecurity network, reinforces Emerson’s commitment to offer the most advanced automation solutions to its customers worldwide. The new […]

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New software tool evaluates recyclability of packaging materials

Recyclable packaging is a prerequisite for a functioning circular economy. In order to quickly and reliably determine the recyclability of new packaging, Henkel uses its specially developed software tool EasyD4R. Henkel (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.henkel.com) has now made this assessment tool publicly available on its website under www.henkel.com/easyd4r so that more companies and organizations can use […]

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ABB wins refinery modernization contract in Kazakhstan

ABB (Zurich, Switzerland; www.abb.com) has won a multi-million-dollar order to modernize a major oil refinery in Kazakhstan, as the Republic’s ‘Digital Kazakhstan’ program seeks to elevate economic sectors including the oil, gas and chemicals industry and accelerate growth nationally with digital technology. ABB will leverage ABB Ability, the company’s unified, cross digital offering, in delivering […]

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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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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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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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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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