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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