Welcome 2008!

Hard to believe it’s been a year since I started T2E3 (Tina Toburen’s Energy Efficiency Enterprises).

2007 was a great year, and I’d like to thank all my clients and colleagues, past and present, that helped to make it so.

Coming soon to this blog will be more commentary on energy usage and efficiency.  Mainly as it relates to power generation facilities.

A friend recently re-introduced me to the concept of Kaizen:  small steps.  This is the philosophy of doing one small thing, something new or just different (hopefully better), until that one small thing becomes habit – then you can add the next, small, thing.  Before you know it, you’ve gone a lot further than you ever thought you could. 

This approach is very useful in power plant performance improvement. 

Baby step #1 (as Bill Murray’s character in “What About Bob” would say) is becoming aware of your current performance.  This may mean simply creating a heat rate trend on your operator screens, so you can watch your heat rate – when you’re not busy with other things.  Leave this trend up at all times – even if it’s buried in the background – so it’s easy to get to and you can refer to it quickly to see how changes in operating conditions have impacted your heat rate.

That’s it.  Baby Step #1.  I know you all can do just that much.

By the way – this simple use of awareness can be applied just about anywhere.  I love renting a car that has a mileage computer available – so you can watch your mpg move around as you step on the gas to pass a car, or coast down a hill.  Even if I don’t consciously change my driving habits, that simple awareness might just sink in and lift my lead foot every once and a while.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome 2008!

  1. dhl Post author

    T2: Nice blog! Like the idea and the format. (WP does a nice job!)I hope I can be a regular contributor (on topics other than religion, philosophy, literature, etc…). Have fun!~dhl

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    Hey T2: Here’s a product of interest…http://www.iaus.com/BladelessTurbine.aspx In terms of maintenance & reliability, I would think that this would the cats meow. I didn’t see any sizes associated with in (in terms of kw/h or mw/h capacity), but whatchyathink? This group also has a solar product that I’m very interested in. They use holgraphic technology to redirect the energy-producing portions of the spectrum to a PV cell, while using it re-direct damaging heat away from the PV. I think that’s a great idea. That in conjunction w/fresnels to pull in more energy , and then using the holographics to split the ‘signal.’ I think the functional ability of any given PV would be greatly enhanced. Anyway, I’m all theory and what-if…whatchyathink on the technical side? ___Correction: http://www.prismsolar.com/advantage.html is the company that has the holographic/pv connection. Still, Fresnel + Holographs, anyone?

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    Just my 2 cents – bladeless turbine sounds like fun from a maintenance perspective!

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