Accusonic flowmeter helps Kansas City Power predict condenser fouling

Accusonic Technologies, a division of ADP Corp., recently published a new Project Brief to its website entitled, "Accusonic Flowmeter Accurately Detects Fossil Fuel Plant Trouble Spots; Resulting Efficiencies Lower Plant Heat Rate by An Estimated 0.5%-1.0%"...

WEST WAREHAM, MA, Nov. 9, 2005 -- Accusonic Technologies, a division of ADP Corp., recently published a new Project Brief to its website entitled, "Accusonic Flowmeter Accurately Detects Fossil Fuel Plant Trouble Spots; Resulting Efficiencies Lower Plant Heat Rate by An Estimated 0.5%-1.0%."

The brief relates to a contract it fulfilled with Kansas City Power & Light:
"Kansas City Power & Light Company, an investor owned generating utility reduced plant heat rate by an estimated 0.5% to 1.0% at their La Cygne Generating Station, Unit 1, by installing an Accusonic flowmeter to predict and avoid potential condenser fouling problems before they developed. The preventive measures led to an increase in operational condenser efficiency reducing plant operating fuel costs by lowering the heat rate an estimated 0.5% to 1.0%. In addition, the flowmeter assisted plant personnel in determing the best combination of pump usage for the most efficient operation and addressed potential maintenance issues. Pump runner lift problems were discovered as a result which led to an increase in cooling water flow of 10,000 gpm to the condenser decreasing heat rate an estimated 0.50%..."

For the full brief, see the company's "Case Histories" webpage. There you'll also find briefs on hydropower, water and wastewater flow measurement applications. For more detailed reports, see the company's "Technical Papers" webpage.

Accusonic Technologies (www.accusonic.com), a division of ADS Corporation, designs and manufactures ultrasonic transit-time flow measurement systems that are renowned for their precise accuracy and reliability in difficult operating environments. Accusonic flowmeter systems can be found in hydroelectric plants, thermal power plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sewage collection systems and other types of water flow conveyance pipelines and channels. With over 35 years of experience and over 2500 systems installed worldwide, Accusonic offers a full range of services including installation, system integration, turbine performance testing services, and field training.

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