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Chairman's Message

Hello everyone. I hope those of you who were able to attend the February Alliant Energy plant tour enjoyed themselves. All the feedback I have received stated it was an informative and fascinating tour. The March tour will be a joint meeting with our ISU student chapter and will take place at Pella Windows and Doors in Pella, Iowa. Please note that this tour will take
place on Wednesday, March 28th instead of our usual third Thursday date. Per Pella’s policy, we will have to provide a list of attendees and their employers prior to the tour. Members who are employed by a competitor will be unable to attend the tour. Please try to join us if you can. As always, we are looking for group tour suggestions. Please email me or Michael with any suggestions you may have.
Thank you,
Brian Cobb
SME Chapter 80 Chair

A message from the Vice Chairman:
Thank you for attending February's meeting at the Alliant Marshalltown Power Station. Even though it was early, we had a great turnout from Emerson members and other Emerson engineers. In total, we had 32 people attend. The 650 megawatt Power Station was impressive. Modern gas-fired power plant efficiencies are light-years ahead of the past coal plants. It is awesome that we have one of the top three most efficient plants in the world here in Iowa. They achieve this efficiency with two gas-fired turbine engines and one steam turbine. The gas-fired turbines are powered by natural gas that turns a generator.  The exhaust is funneled to a heat sink-boiler that heats water to steam powering a steam turbine and generator. This system helps to capture much more energy than the coal and boiler power plants while taking up much less of a footprint and reducing emissions. I think all of the Emerson Engineers enjoyed seeing their valves in action!
Thanks,
Mike Butler
Vice Chair SME Chapter 80

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Brian Cobb, CMfgE, LBC
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Michael Butler,
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