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Green Technology: Waste Not, Want Not

BioreactorWhile much of the hope for America’s energy future rests in advances in unconventional oil and gas production, a revolution in green technology is also helping to pave the way to energy independence. Advances in solar and geothermal power generation and unique processes like the cellulosic ethanol production and the generation of power using microbes are all contributing to the move to decrease imports of fossil fuels. As these developments provide opportunities for manufacturers of valves, actuators and controls, they also represent jobs in engineering, construction and maintenance.

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OTC Attendance Reflects Booming Industry

OTC 2014Valve professionals involved in the oil and gas industry were in abundance at this year’s record-breaking Offshore Technology Conference May 5-8 in Houston. They joined the more than 108,000 people who attended, the largest amount in the show’s 45-year history and an increase of 3.3% from last year.

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And the Top 10 Highest-Dollar U.S. Project Starts in 2013 are…

jib craneThe 10 highest-value project starts from January through July 2013 span a diverse range of industrial sectors. With the exception of one project in Texas, these construction starts are concentrated in the Rocky Mountains, West Coast and Southeast market regions.

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The Future of Nuclear: Small Scale Nuclear Reactors?

nuclear plant in handThe first nuclear power plant in the world was in Russia. The 5 MWe single reactor unit at AM-1 ("Атом Мирный", Russian for Atom Mirny, or "peaceful atom"), began operation in 1954 and remained active until April 29, 2002.

Since those humble beginnings, the size of reactor units has grown to more than 1600 MWe, bringing with the increase in size corresponding increases in cost to build and concerns about safety, particularly after the disasters in Chernobyl and most recently at Fukushima. This has led to many countries rejecting nuclear outright, although efforts to replace that amount of energy with low carbon, eco-friendly sources have not been particularly successful.

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Valve engineering advances make ocean power feasible

otec spar squareA rarely publicized but promising renewable energy technology that is creating interesting challenges for valve and actuator engineers is ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). One of the leaders in the field is OTEC International LLC (OTI) and Barry R. Cole is the company’s Executive Vice President and Director of Technology Development. A veteran of the valve industry, Cole is actively involved in the development, planning and implementation of the intricate system that makes it possible to harness this energy source.

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Valve Magazine Digital Edition

14 SUM CVR 160x214Inside the Summer 2014 issue…

• Attracting Talent
• Advances in Machining
• Severe Service in Power Plants
• SIS Tests and Standards

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