The dissolving of Great Britain`s national electric utility, the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB), brought many changes to the power generation industry in that country. This new industry landscape was the setting for the emergence of a new private generating company, PowerGen. No longer bound to ways from the past, the utility was free to try new ideas in producing electricity.
Distribution automation (DA) and demand-side management (DSM) are evolving, blurring the lines that once separated these technologies from traditional customer service and marketing. DA was initially concerned with technology to assist engineers and technicians in the field, and to eliminate manhours in outages and routine tasks. DSM grew from the need to shave peaks and fill valleys, eliminating or reducing the need for additional capacity, saving capital costs.
China`s electrical power industry is growing rapidly; older SCADA/EMS systems have to be expanded and improved and new ones added; vendors must be aware of Chinese requirements
Interview by Helmut Sendner, Contributing Editor, with Dr. Fritz P. Ruess, Siemens Power Ventures Inc., Managing Director, Erlangen, Germany
Shanghai Electric Corp. and Westinghouse Electric Corp. have agreed to form several joint-venture companies in China. The new companies will design and manufacture power generation equipment. They are expected to begin operations by the end of the year, pending government approvals.
The future of nuclear power is uncertain due to public concern regarding safety and costly safeguards which increase the cost of electricity from nuclear sources, but the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts some growth for this technology through 2010.
Before starting work in Al Taweelah, ABB delivered 22,000 documents to the consultant, Tractabel of Belgium. To optimize the large amount of data and information generated, ABB has installed a communication network on site. Most of the information comes in by telephone and fax, and on a typical day over 100 fax pages are received.
In July 1995 the first unit of Al Taweelah B power and desalination plant was put into operation in Abu Dhabi, UAE. With a sweet-water production of 76 million gallons per day, it is reported to be the largest desalination plant in the world.
Wessex Institute of Technology has issued a call for papers for the Third International Electrosoft Conference, focusing on software for electrical engineering analysis and design. The conference, organized by Wessex Institute, UK, will be held in San Miniato, Italy on May 28, 1996. Topics will include interfaces, package design, software engineering, numerical issues, symbolic computation, parallel computation and simulation. A full call for papers is available from Wessex at 44 (0) 1703-293223
Ansaldo of Italy has announced a (US)$50.3 million order from the Indonesian electricity company to build the third 55-MW geothermal electricity plant on the island of Java. According to London`s Financial Times, Ansaldo also built the first two units, which are fed by hot water wells. The plant will eventually generate up to 165 MW.