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The Crumbling Water Infrastructure: Challenge or Opportunity for Valve Manufacturers?

water valvewebThe recession that began in 2008 had multiple ramifications for municipalities, many seeing enormous deficits that resulted in “fire sales” of many public assets including roads and water systems. While the short term solution of selling assets puts money into the public coffers, the sale of water systems to private entities focused on profits raises, for many, the specter of rate increases and less concern for sustainability and environmental issues.


Technology the Key to Profitability in the Oil Sands

covershotThe Valve Manufacturers Association held its annual Technical Seminar & Exhibits at the Hilton NASA Clear Lake in Houston, March 8-9. More than a dozen speakers presented on a variety of topics that centered on “Prevailing Challenges and Solutions for the Oil & Gas/Petrochemical Industries.”

Gobind Khiani, AIMs specialist (valves), Cenovus Energy, was among the presenters at the VMA Technical Seminar, and he spoke about oil processing and production valve requirements for steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) in the Alberta oil sands.

Multi-Stage Flash for Water that’s Fresh

msfplantWhile fresh drinking water is becoming scarce, the need for desalination is growing. With it comes challenges for valve manufacturers, so, coming up in the Spring edition of Valve Magazine is a comprehensive article covering the consideration of valves in the seawater reverse osmosis process. Here in this Web Feature, is an appetizer covering the Multi-Stage flash process.

Of the major desalination processes available, Multi-Stage Flash (MSF) is the most widely used, producing about 60% of the world’s desalinated water.

Geothermal: A Bottomless Pit of Power?

geothermalplantpipescroppedAs economic, environmental and geopolitical conditions have become increasingly volatile, sustainable and dependable sources of electricity have taken on new importance. Wind and solar are often cited as alternatives, but geothermal, which is one of the cleanest sources of energy, is not mentioned quite as often even though as a generating source it has been around since 1904 when Prince Piero Ginori Conti successfully lit four bulbs in Italy.

Concentrated Solar Power Generation

solartroughsAs Germany shuts out nuclear, Japan deals with the backlash over Fukushima and North American governments institute environmental regulations that make coal-fired power generation more expensive, the appeal of exploiting natural alternative energy sources becomes even greater.

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