Winning plants are profiled in the October issue, and awards are presented at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition being held in New Orleans, April 1-3, 2014. This year’s award-winning coal-fired Top Plants are:
- Cliffside Steam Station Unit 6, Cliffside, North Carolina. Development of this supercritical plant entailed procuring an air permit from the state that included a first-of-its-kind carbon mitigation plan. The new Cliffside unit boasts some of the highest operating conditions in North America and is 23% more efficient than the units it replaced.
- Edwardsport Generating Station, Knox County, Indiana. Despite a torturous path to completion that included cost overruns more often associated with nuclear plants, Duke Energy’s integrated gasification combined cycle plant is a milestone in the development of next-generation coal power technology. The plant’s emissions, water use, waste generation, and gross thermal efficiency all surpass what’s possible at the best pulverized coal plant.
- Mundra UMPP, Gujarat, India. India is going big with coal-fired capacity, and Mundra, the first of several planned ultra-mega power projects (UMPPs), weighs in at 4 GW. The plant—which has already won several awards for construction, design, and safety practices—also is the first in India to use 800-MW supercritical boiler technology.
- Prairie State Energy Campus, Washington County, Illinois. This 1,600-MW mine-mouth plant is the largest U.S. coal-fired plant to be built in three decades. The supercritical plant’s state-of-the-art emissions controls result in emissions that are one-fifth the national average for coal-fueled plants.
- Shentou Second Power Plant, Shuozhou City, Shanxi Province, China. A 4 x 500-MW coal plant is setting an example for China and the world with an innovative process that recycles its low-grade waste heat to produce hot water for central heating. The solution has enabled the closure of smaller, more polluting facilities in a nation trying to provide both cleaner air and more power for its people.
For more details about these projects, see the October issue of POWER at www.powermag.com.
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