The ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant quickly triggered demands from politicians and activists from California to New York to Germany and elsewhere to shut down aging nuclear reactors, but replacing existing nuclear generation isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Photo: Keith Philpott, Courtesy of Black & Veatch Power play Coal-fired base-load powerplants, such as the 655-MW plant. Photo: Courtesy of Alstom U.S. Osceola, Ark., will remain, but the dawn of renewables is fast approaching. At best, taking nuclear powerplants off line might encourage more development of renewable generation and push distributed generation, but only years or
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.