Postings tagged with: power


Denis Imamovic | Feb 26, 2015

Siemens GIL in Kaprun, Austria – 45° installation to connect the Limberg hydro power plant to the grid

Overhead lines in a can – the GIL alternative to power cables

This is part 2 from my gas-insulated transmission lines blogpost-series. Here you can find the introducing part: "Power trip – Are there alternatives to overhead transmission lines?". The increasing demand for power brings high-voltage and extra high-voltage lines closer to the end users in urban areas or even the heart of cities. But space for high-voltage transmission systems is more and more restricted and environmental requirements such as EMC and fire protection are of fundamenta ...

Living Energy| Jan 15, 2015

Preparing for the interview with CEO Bob Carter and President Todd Carter

Telling the Story

Over three days in August, Diana Smith, a journalist and resident of Texas, met up with the Carter family, who head the Dallas-based Panda Power Funds, to interviews them and research for a reportage in Living Energy. She is telling the inspiring story of the Carter’s – well, Texas-sized – hospitality!Our job was to cover intricate workings of a power plant and the people responsible for it. Like many, I get up bleary-eyed in the morning and flip on the light switch, having just a vague notion o ...

Living Energy| Jan 13, 2015

All the Carters share a big love for the wildlife

Getting Back More than You Can Ever Dream

The other of the Panda house and name, Janice Carter, invited the Living Energy media team to her office and her home to discuss her family, her work and why giving back really matters.Recently, a high school senior from a low income, inner city neighborhood in Dallas made a trip to see Janice Carter at her tenth floor office in the company’s downtown high rise. “I told her to sit in my chair,” Carter relates. As she was sitting there taking in the beautifully-appointed office and expansive view ...

Justin DiNunzio| Jan 07, 2015

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How can you get a valve positioner to work in excessive vibration – or other unsafe or poor locations?

At times, we have valve positioner applications that are affected by excessive vibration, temperatures, radiation, magnetic influence, and unsafe and/or poor locations. Addressing the root cause of the issue can be timely, expensive and sometimes deemed impossible by plant management.At one power plant, I remember a situation where they had placed the valve too close to the boiler. Because of its proximity to the boiler, employees were hesitant to work on the valve. To make matters worse, the va ...

Living Energy| Jan 07, 2015

The mayor of the City of Temple, Danny Dunn greets Panda Power Funds President Todd Carter

Generating Power and Tax Revenue

During a summer visit to bucolic Temple, Texas, Living Energy had the pleasure of meeting the town’s Mayor Danny Dunn. The Temple plant delivered turnkey ready by Siemens for Panda Power is the largest private investment Temple has ever seen.For Mayor Dunn, “Temple Tomorrow” is more than just a city’s promotional slogan. It is the theme adopted by Temple city leaders for its strategic vision and plan and a crucial guideline in his role governing the city. Critical to that plan is growing the tax ...

Living Energy| Dec 30, 2014

Sean Hausman is the plant manager at Temple 1, the new combined-cycle gas and steam power plant that Siemens built with the latest Flex Plant fast start capability for Panda Power

There’s Nothing Like It

Sean Hausman, plant manager of Panda Power Funds Temple 1 power station, recently showcased the advanced workings of the state-of-the-art facility to the journalistic team from Living Energy.At the busy Temple 1 plant, he is like the captain of a great ship, overseeing a vast Siemens-designed Flex-Plant™ , a 758-megawatt operation that produces enough electricity to power approximately 750,000 homes. When the plant’s twin sister, Temple 2 becomes operational in 2015, the production will double. ...

Living Energy| Dec 17, 2014

“Our Temple project is the cleanest, most efficient power plant in Texas, if not the USA,” says Todd Carter about Panda’s latest collaboration with Siemens and their Flex Plant™ technology

A Life-Changing Experience

Todd Carter, senior partner and president of the family company, Panda Power Funds, recently related a story to Living Energy – on location to research a reportage and shoot a documentary – while at the company’s headquarters in Dallas.Not so long ago, Carter was sitting on a school stage, watching as his teenage son, Blake, spoke to young children at a Panda-built school in Nepal, and found himself visibly moved. “It was a great moment, like, 'How cool is that?'” says the Dallas native, who is ...

Denis Imamovic | Dec 10, 2014

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Gas-insulated lines can be installed at any gradient, even vertically

Power trip – Are there alternatives to overhead transmission lines?

Transmitting electricity over long distances faces growing challenges. Siemens has the technologies to meet them.Let’s face it: Overhead transmission lines are not always accepted by the public. For various reasons, many people do not really like these highways of electricity.For one, they are not the prettiest of sights on the horizon. As they march across mountains, pile across prairies, dash through deserts – all in the service of transmitting power from generating stations to users – most pe ...

Living Energy| Dec 08, 2014

A life-long passion for wildlife - Panda Power Funds CEO Bob Carter in his office

Everyone Thinks Big in Texas

Panda Power Funds is in the process of building one of the cleanest high-efficient power plant fleet in the USA. Showing the Living Energy journalistic team around Texas, Panda’s pater familias, Bob Carter, explains why.Bob Carter, CEO of Panda Power Funds and a Robert Mitchum movie star lookalike, almost never stops working as we discovered on a three-day visit to Texas in August. Whether in his Dallas office or on his West Texas ranch, Carter is constantly checking on business. The reason? He ...

Harald Mayer| Dec 04, 2014

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Energy Assets app: Register and track T&D assets in the field

Most electricity transmission and distribution grids include a mix of types and ages of transformers, substations and other equipment. Each asset has a unique service history and performance record, and exists in a context of environmental conditions that can affect its useful life. The new Energy Assets mobile app from Siemens allows you to keep available (on your smartphone or tablet) essential asset-specific data that you’d need when contacting customer support: model, serial number, locatio ...


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