Microbeam Technologies has received an award from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Advanced Combustion Systems (ACS) Program.
The new project, titled “Improving Coal-Fired Plant Performance through Integrated Predictive and Condition-Based Monitoring Tools,” aims to demonstrate improvements to boiler performance and reliability in coal-fired power plants using condition-based monitoring. The approach develops a tool that alerts plant operators and engineers about poor boiler conditions. The goal is to integrate the operations of the tool into plant control systems and plant operating parameters. These improvements will potentially allow automation of coal selection and blending and will enhance the efficiency and long-term reliability of coal plants.
Microbeam is a leader in advanced fuel quality analysis and determining the impacts of fuel impurities on power system performance. Since 1992, Microbeam has performed more than 1,500 commercial projects providing advanced analysis to the electric utility industry, equipment developers, coal companies, alternative fuel providers, researchers, and others.