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Conduit Hydropower: Recovering Energy One Control Valve at a Time

The energy required to move water in a distribution system can come from gravity or from pumps, both of which convert the water’s potential energy into kinetic energy. In a typical water distribution system, control valves are used at some point to manage this built-up energy, otherwise known as flow and pressure. As water travels through a control valve, energy within the water is simply ‘burned off’ in the forms of noise, heat and vibration. Conduit hydropower installations aim to recover this lost energy by converting it into electricity while still regulating flow and pressure in a distribution system.  MORE

VMA MEMBERS

Flowserve Supplying Actuators for Worlds Largest Solar Power Plant

Flowserve Corporation announced a new order to support the Kaxu project that is building the world's largest solar power plant in Pofadder, Northern Cape, South Africa. The Kaxu project, which will deliver the first parabolic trough solar plant in South Africa, will utilize a heat transfer fluid and molten salt energy storage design.  MORE

Milwaukee-Based Stainless Foundry & Engineering Joins VMA   MORE

Victaulic Named 2013 Business of the Year   MORE

Rotork Opens Valve Automation Center in Mexico   MORE

END-USER INDUSTRIES

U.S. Set to Wrap Up $164 Billion of Industrial Projects in 2013

As December starts and 2013 draws to a close, Industrial Info is tracking approximately 5,600 projects worth more than $164.24 billion in the U.S. that have wrapped up or are drawing to close toward the end of the year. The Power Industry leads in terms of value, followed by the Industrial Manufacturing Industry.  MORE

Report Shows Petroleum Refining Industry Growth Slowing   MORE

Major Energy Groups Investing in Natural Gas Powered Shipping   MORE

LNG, Coal Export Permitting Delays May Violate U.S. Treaty Obligations   MORE

MANUFACTURING & THE ECONOMY

Unemployment Rate Drops After Better than Expected Gains

The unemployment rate declined from 7.3% to 7.0% in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000. Employment increased in manufacturing, transportation & warehousing and health care. In manufacturing, 27,000 were added.  MORE

U.S. GDP Increased 3.6% in the Third Quarter  MORE

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Rises to Two Month High  MORE

Texas Manufacturing Activity Picks Up Further  MORE

VALVE MAGAZINE

Market Drives Actuation in Natural Gas Pipelines

More than 1,400 compressor stations transfer natural gas through more than 200 pipeline systems throughout the United States. As the natural gas industry continues to grow, pipeline operators are seeking alternatives to traditional equipment, including actuators, to ensure pipeline safety and reliability. While electric actuators offer a number of important advantages in these operations, because valve types differ widely, choosing just one type of actuator use across all valve types would be difficult.  MORE

Coming in the winter issue of VALVE Magazine…

Fugitive Emissions Issues in Valve Repair

The EPA is clamping down on offending plant owners and operators who are air pollution regulation violators. The government agency often responds with “consent decrees” that require the offending companies to step up their fugitive emissions control programs. As part of this, many valve manufacturers selling to those plants are now required to guarantee that their new valves will not leak over 100 parts per million (ppm) for five years. This edict will also apply to repaired valves as well. Complying with this requirement as a valve repair company presents some unique challenges.

ASSOCIATION NEWS

Valve Basics Online Training

The highly anticipated release of VMA’s Valve Basics Online Training happened in early November, and its student has already graduated! The first person to complete the Valve Basics Online Training program—just 4 days after it launched—is Valve Group Lead at The American Group of Constructors, David Shue. Shue, who received his first valve maintenance and repair card in 1998, will receive a Certificate of Completion from VMA awarding him 6 continuing credits. Asked whether the program met his expectations, Shue said, “Yes, and I would definitely take more courses if you offered them. I also teach a control valve course for the Pipefitters, and I learned new things that I can use there as well.”

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March 4-7

VMA Technical Seminar & Exhibits: Fugitive Emissions

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April 2-3

Valve Basics Seminar & Exhibits: Valves, Actuators & Controls 101

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