21 May '12, 5pm

There’s Something To Be Said for Having the Right Kind of Singular Focus

There’s Something To Be Said for Having the Right Kind of Singular Focus

Construction at the Youngs Creek powerhouse near Sultan, Wash., was moving along just fine when the day came to install the facility’s turbine. But there was one problem: It wouldn’t fit through the door. The casing on the turbine was too wide, and there was no way to reposition it to squeeze it in. (Left: The Young's Creek powerhouse) But instead of dwelling on the problem, project managers found a solution: They would lift the generator up and into the powerhouse through the yet-to-be completed roof. Using two cranes -- one to lift the machine, the other to rotate it to the proper position -- crews were able to get the turbine inside and ready for installation. This, says Danny Miles of the Snohomish County Public Utilities District, was just one example of how unforeseen challenges at Youngs Creek were solved. He related this story and more last week at the Northwest Hy...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/05...

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