Friday, April 4, 2014

Boilers Begin Stretch Run at Competitive Augusta Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue men's golf team begins its stretch run this weekend at the 15-team 3M Augusta Invitational, being held Saturday and Sunday at the par-72, 7,028-yard Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
Action begins Saturday morning with 36 holes and will wrap up Sunday with the final 18 holes. This is the second-to-last scheduled event of the season for the Boilermakers before the Big Ten Championships on May 2-4. The Boilermakers will host the Boilermaker Invitational on April 19-20.
The 42nd-ranked Boilermakers are part of an elite field that features 12 teams ranked in in the nation's top 46 as well as the No. 3-ranked Division II squad, USC-Aiken. The field consists of UCF (#7), Houston (#8), Illinois (#9), Virginia (#10), defending champion Texas (#19), New Mexico (#22), South Carolina (#23), Baylor (#27), Clemson (#28), Purdue (#42), Tennessee (#43), TCU (#46), Augusta State (#66) and Coastal Carolina (#95).
Purdue is 2-3-1 against teams in the field, falling to Baylor and New Mexico at the Lone Star Invitational and to Clemson at the USF Invitational, while defeating TCU and Coastal Carolina and tying Illinois.
Individually, 12 of the nation's top-52 ranked players, and 19 of the top 100, will be competing in the field.
Leading the Boilermakers is senior Adam Schenk, who is ranked 25th nationally and has moved into 17th in the most-recent Palmer Cup standings. Schenk has recorded 10 straight rounds at or under par and has finished tied for third, tied for second and tied for eighth in his last three events while totaling 29-under par combined in the three events. Schenk has five top-10 finishes this year and owns an average of 71.09 strokes per 18 holes.
Freshman Austin Eoff also continues to play well, following Schenk with a 72.35 stroke average. Eoff owns three top-10 finishes this year and after an early slump this spring, placed 26th at the Lone Star Invitational, his best placing of the spring season.

Sophomore Stuart Macdonald gets his first shot in the lineup this year after competing in a pair of tournaments as an individual. In six rounds this year, Macdonald is averaging 73.50 strokes per round and has finished tied for 27th and tied for 30th this year as an individual at the Windon Memorial in September and the Lone Star Invite two weeks ago.
Freshman Philippe Schweizer (73.70 average in 23 rounds) and junior Enzo Perez (73.74 average in 23 rounds) will round out the Boilermaker lineup. Schweizer placed 29th at the Lone Star Invite and has a top-10 finish under his belt at the Bridgestone Collegiate in late October, while Perez has been on fire as of late, finishing tied for 16th in the USF Invitational and tied for 24th at the Lone Star Invite.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Siemens, Zolo Technologies team up on steam generation boilers

Siemens Energy and the US-based company Zolo Technologies have signed a worldwide license agreement for fossil-fueled steam generation boiler applications.
As part of the agreement, the two companies, which have been collaborating in Europe, will more closely integrate their combustion optimization products and actively extend their market activities into the USA, China and other fossil markets in Asia.

Siemens has integrated Zolo Technologies-built ZoloBOSSTM laser-based combustion monitoring system into its SPPA-P3000 process optimization solution for fossil-fueled steam generating power plants.
Siemens Energy Product Management Instrumentation & Electrical vice president Dieter Fluck said, ''By combining both Siemens and Zolo Technologies our customers will benefit from improved efficiency, reduced emissions and higher availability as well as from a huge savings potential for their power plants."
Zolo Technologies CEO Reed Sarver said, "We are excited to expand our collaboration with Siemens into new geographic markets and expect this new agreement will accelerate the penetration of the SPPA-P3000 and ZoloBOSS solution into the marketplace."

The combined Zolo and Siemens solution is designed to utilize real-time, in-furnace combustion information to automatically balance and optimize combustion, thereby significantly improving combustion efficiency, reducing NOx and CO2 emissions and enhancing availability and thermal performance.
Only offered through Siemens, the solution has already proven its capabilities to improve the power generation process in various coal-fired power plants in Europe, US and China.

Monday, February 3, 2014

National workshop on boilers held in Pune

PUNE: The National Productivity Council, Mumbai in collaboration with the state Directorate of Steam Boilers has organized a two-day national workshop on technological developments in efficient operation and maintenance of boilers on February 6 and 7 in the city.
A statement issued by the National Productivity Council said that, the workshop has been organised in association with the Central Boilers Board, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, union Ministry of Commerce and Industry and supported by leading boiler manufacturers such as Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Industrial Boil-ers, Thermax and Forbes Marshall.

The workshop will provide a platform for sharing of knowledge and experiences in technological advancements in the field of boilers and the current trends in their application, operation and up keep, the statement added. About 200 delegates from Maharashtra and other parts of the country will be attending this workshop, which will be held at the Auto Cluster Development and Research Institute in Chinchwad.

The inaugural function scheduled on February 6 between 9.45 am and 11 am . The inaugural function will be attended by Harbhajan Singh, IAS, Director General, National Productivity Council as well as Arvind Kumar, IAS, Principal Secretary, state Department of Labour and Administration. T.S.G. Narayannen, secretary, Central Boilers Board, New Delhi would be leading the technical deliberations, the statement said.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ceres May Seek 20% of KD Navien Fuel-Cell Boiler Market Sales

Ceres Power Holdings Plc (CWR) will supply fuel-cell technology to Kyung Dong Navien Co. for their combined heat and power boilers in a deal that may bring it as much as 20 percent of revenue from South Korea’s biggest boiler maker.

Ceres is also forging partnerships with equipment makers in Japan, Chief Executive Officer Philip Caldwell said today by phone. The company, based in Horsham, England, has already shipped its fuel cells, which like batteries produce power from a chemical reaction, for testing in the nation, he said.

Businesses and homes are installing fuel cells used in so-called CHP units to produce cleaner energy on site, eliminating losses from shipping the power through the grid. South Korea is subsidizing the devices while Japan wants more power produced outside the grid, known as distributed generation, as it recovers from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Ceres may seek as much as 20 percent of KD Navien’s CHP sales, though details of the accord are yet to be completed, Caldwell said. South Korea sells about 1 million domestic boilers a year.

Fuel cells convert fuel such as hydrogen into power and heat, expelling non-polluting byproducts such as heat and water in the process.

“The point of this technology is how can we utilize more efficient lower carbon technologies that can run on everyday fuels that we have today,” Caldwell said.

Ceres in July agreed with KD Navien to develop fuel cells in its CHP boilers after shifting its business to a model where equipment makers embed its technology under license in their products.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Boilers emerge undefeated after weekend

The Purdue women’s soccer team defended their pitch over the weekend and emerged with a win and a draw to improve to 3-2-1 on the season.
On Friday, the team battled Ivy League standout Dartmouth to a thrilling 5-3 victory. The Boilermaker offense, led by freshman Maddy Williams with two scores on the weekend, was able to put up five goals against a Big Green side that only allowed 13 all of last season.
Williams, the team’s leading scorer, is just one of many facets of a dynamic offense that has 20 goals already this year, a program-high to start a season.
“I think our offense is really starting to click. Right from the start, me and Hadley [Stuart] really meshed right away ... So I think our whole offense is starting to get there which I think will be really good going down the line,” said Wiliams.
Despite his side’s strong offensive showing, head coach Robert Klatte says that defensive lapses and small miscues have forced the team’s offense to score in order to get results.
“We’ve gotta shore up at the back. Because if we give up two goals a game weekly, you just put so much pressure on your offense,” said Klatte. “In the past, it’s been pressure on our defense; ‘Gotta pitch a shutout because it’s tough for us to score goals.’ Well, now we’re scoring goals. We just need to get a little tighter at the back.”
Those issues plagued Purdue again Sunday afternoon when the team was forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against the Seattle Redhawks. Purdue once again dominated offensively, but allowed two goals on only four shots on goal.
Williams again opened scoring for the Boilers with a goal just three minutes into the match, becoming the first Purdue player to score six goals in six games since 2009. Junior Alex Hairston would also score during the period, but defensive miscues cost the team two scores before the halftime mark.
No goals were scored during the final 70 minutes of the game, but both teams threatened several times during the match. Freshman Jordan Ginther’s diving save in the 72nd minute helped the Boilers hold on and reach extra time.
Williams said that the offense trickled off in the second half and was unable to find the winning goal.
“It was frustrating. Our intensity went down when it should have gone up. We did get fewer chances, which was frustrating, but we just need to take advantage of them,” said Williams. “We’ve been in this kind of Sunday slump, I guess. Just Sundays in general are really hard — you’re fatigued; you’re tired. You feel dead.”
The Boilers next match will be at 7 p.m. on Friday against IPFW at the Boilermaker soccer complex.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Extra £6 million available to replace old boilers

Eight thousand more homes could have a new efficient boiler as an additional £6million is allocated to the Department for Social Development’s boiler replacement scheme.

The additional money, secured from the European Regional Development Fund, will increase the numbers of homes likely to benefit from the scheme from 16,000 to 24,000.

More than 6,500 households across Northern Ireland have already had new boilers installed, since Housing Minister Nelson McCausland announced the scheme in September last year.

Making the announcement, Minister McCausland said: “This scheme has been hugely successful, with on average around 600 installations a month. I am delighted that this additional money will see many more of those most in need benefiting. In less than a year, more than 6,500 homes have had new boilers installed, each one seeing an increase in thermal efficiency. More than 70 per cent of those with new boilers are also on lower incomes, exactly the kind of people I wanted to support.

“With this additional money now in place, I want to encourage others to take advantage of these possible savings – potentially £2700 over ten years in an average three bedroom semi-detached house. With such good weather, now is the ideal time to get the work done and I would encourage anyone who’s household income is less than £40,000 a year with an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years, to contact the Housing Executive on 03448 920900 or log onto nidirect at”

The scheme offers owner occupiers a grant of up to £1,000 to replace inefficient boilers, with energy efficient condensing oil or gas boilers; switching from oil to gas; or switching to a wood pellet boiler. It is available to those who earn less than £40,000 a year with an inefficient boiler of at least 15 years and is dependent on total gross income.

The Minister continued: “The Housing Executive has also issued almost 11,000 approval forms and I would encourage those who have received one and have not had their work completed, to contact their installer now and arrange to do so.

“So far more than 800 local installers have also benefited from the scheme by carrying out the work. At a time when the sector is under pressure, this has been a welcome boost for many small local businesses and I hope this additional funding for homeowners will have a knock on affect for local suppliers.”

Notes to editors:

1. The amount of grant payable will depend on total gross income. For those earning less than £20,000 the grant is £700 to replace the boiler but will rise to £1,000 grant if controls are also being installed.
2. For those earning over £20,000 but less than £40,000 the grant is £400 for the boiler but will rise to £500 if controls are installed.
3. Building control inspection and fee is compulsory for this scheme and the cost of the fee is not included in the grant.
4. Householders are free to use an installer of their choice as long as they are “gas safe” registered for gas installations.
5. Retrospective approval will not be given for this scheme.
6. Anyone who receives assistance via the DETI Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme will not be eligible for the DSD boiler replacement scheme.
7. Additional information on the Boiler Replacement Scheme is available on the nidirect website at

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Boiler for coal-fired power plants to get R&D funding boost

Chennai, June 21 (IANS) Research and Development (R&D) work on the design of the 800 MW ulta-super critical boiler for coal-fired power plants is expected to speed up, as funds for the project are expected to be sanctioned by this year-end, an official said.
Meanwhile, the boiler tubes fabricated out of special metals developed by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), one of the three agencies involved in the project, will be tested in a running power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd. sometime next year.The official, declining to be identified, told IANS: "At a meeting held in New Delhi Monday, the Planning Commission has assured us funding support to carry out the R&D activities, which will require around Rs.1,200 crore."
The official said funds were expected to be released before the end of this year, after the relevant sanctions from the finance ministry and the union cabinet.
Nuclear reactor research agency IGCAR, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) and NTPC have joined hands to design, develop and build advanced super ultra-critical boilers that can operate at high temperature.
The Indian government has proposed a National Mission for the Development of Ultra Supercritical Technology for thermal power plants as the ninth mission under the National Action Plan for Climate Change under the guidance of R. Chidambaram, principal scientific advisor to the government.
As per the plans, the IGCAR will develop the materials for 800 MW advanced ultra super-critical boiler that can operate at a pressure of 310 bar (a measure of steam pressure) and at a temperature of 710 degrees centigrade.
Power equipment major BHEL will design and manufacture the boiler and other equipments while power generator NTPC will be the end user to produce power.
Already IGCAR has developed two alloys - 304HCu stainless steel and Alloy 617M - and their matching composition welding consumables, collaborating with Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited and Nuclear Fuel Complex.
"Next year we hope to test the tubes fabricated at BHEL with the new materials in a running power plant," Arun Kumar Bhaduri, associate director at IGCAR told IANS.
"One of the important aspects that have to be borne in mind while developing new materials is the ability to fabricate equipments using them by bending and welding two joints," Bhaduri said.
He said appropriate welding procedures have also been developed for similar and dissimilar weld joints for these two tube materials.
"The mechanical properties of the tubes made with our materials and their weld joints are comparable to the internationally reported values as also the codified values in the international standards," he added.
According to Bhaduri, welding procedures for rotor blades in the turbine will also be developed and passed on the BHEL while the materials for the turbine casings will also be developed by IGCAR.
Bhaduri said in an advanced ultra super critical boiler, where the steam pressure and steam temperature is at 310 bar and 710 degrees centigrade, its efficiency will go up to 45-47 percent while the carbon-dioxide emissions will come down to 750 kg/MW.
The efficiency numbers are far better than that of super critical or sub-critical boilers, he added.
According to him, indigenous development of advanced ultra super critical power plant is very challenging as this technology has yet not been fully developed anywhere in the world, and the manufacturing technologies of the new nickel-base alloys that are required are yet to be fully established.