Guiding the future of actuation technology

Valve World had the pleasure of sitting down with Subsea Controls Engineer, Hailing An, at Chevron’s downtown headquarters in Houston, Texas, USA, during OTC week (Offshore Technology Conference) in May.

Electric actuators in biomass power plants

Global warming and climate change are on everyone’s lips. The Paris Agreement to reduce global greenhouse emissions, signed by 174 countries, is one reason for the growing importance of renewable energy, including biomass. This article looks at the potentials and challenges for electric actuators in biomass-fired power plants.

Sea change: as costs subside, the world relies more on desalination to quench its...

In the last few years the world has been increasingly relying on desalination for its drinking and industrial water. The stick is the danger that any already critical water shortage caused by drought and global warming will get worse. The carrot is the provision of more water in parched areas thanks to significant progress towards making desalination more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

Developments in axial valve design

Axial valve design has been used with success over the past twenty years. However, UK based Goodwin International Ltd and German based Noreva GmbH have taken the opportunity to develop this further. This article looks at the past, present and future of axial valve design.

A visionary full-bore valve

Derek Thomas’ idea for a full-bore flow-isolation valve could prove invaluable in simplifying systems associated with excess pressure.

Redox-flow batteries explained

Redox-flow batteries could be an important step towards the large-scale realisation of a renewable energy strategy, says Peter Fischer.

New member in Sandvik’s management

Tom Erixon, 40, has been appointed manager of a newly established group within Sandvik, Corporate Business Development and IT.

Powerblocks for Estonian plants

Foster Wheeler Corporation has announced that its Finnish subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Energia Oy, has won a turnkey contract by AS Narva Elektrijaamad to supply two power blocks to its power plants in Narva, NE Estonia.

USX Corp. splits steel from oil activities

USX Corp., the US steel and energy group, will split into two publicly traded companies, US Steel and Marathon Oil.

PPL’s Susquehanna unit 2 returns to service

PPL’s Unit 2 reactor at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pennsylvania, returned to service following the unit’s 10th planned refuelling and inspection outage.