Kingsbury, Inc. celebrates centennial

Kingsbury, Inc. is celebrating a century of innovation throughout 2012, which began in 1912 with the first successful installation of Dr. Albert Kingsbury's invention at a hydro generating station on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Central Pennsylvania. The utility, known then as Pennsylvania Power and Water, had been using rolling element bearings in the Holtwood Generating Station's ten electric turbines in its early years, and they were wearing out within months under the 220 ton loads imposed on them.

How it started

GE to power up Oklahoma’s wind project

GE Energy Financial Services has partnered with Enel Green Power North America, Inc. by committing common equity for a 51 percent ownership stake in one of Oklahoma's largest wind projects. The Chisholm View wind project is now under construction near Hunter, 85 miles north of Oklahoma City in Grant and Garfield counties, and is expected to cost approximately $375 million.

Wind turbines without gearboxes

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A conventional horizontal-axis wind turbine.

GE’s LM2500 gas turbine for German frigate

GE Marine recently announced that it will provide MTU with an LM2500 gas turbine for the German Navy’s third Baden-Württemberg-class (F125) frigate, as part of a CODLAG system including four diesel generating sets. The LM2500 gas turbine will be manufactured at GE’s Evendale facility and will be delivered to MTU in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in March 2013. The ship is expected to be launched in 2014, and commissioned by the German Navy in 2016.

Triax Turbine Components announces management change

Triax Turbine Components LLC recently announced the departure of its President, Mark Doelling, who will pursue other interests. Triax operates from two facilities with investment casting operations in Chandler, Arizona producing equiaxed, directionally solidified (DS) and single-crystal castings (SC) and state-of-the-art machining operations in Norcross, Georgia.

Innovative 200 MW solar thermal project to provide energy on demand

SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of large-scale solar power projects, recently announced it has received its final 1041 Permit from the Saguache County Board of County Commissioners for its two 100 megawatt solar thermal energy facilities. The project is located on private agricultural land about six miles northeast of the Town of Center in Saguache County, Colorado. When completed, each facility will supply approximately 450,000 megawatt hours annually of clean, reliable electricity - enough to power a total of more than 140,000 homes during peak electricity periods.  

Heavy duty gas turbines surpass 2 million fired hours

GE’s fleet of 47 heavy duty gas turbines operating on low British thermal unit fuels has accumulated more than 2 million fired hours. Low BTU, or low calorific value fuels have significantly less heating values than natural gas. Examples include syngas, steel mill gases and dilute natural gas. These fuels are lighter than natural gas and have less energy per unit volume.

H-class gas turbines to power combined cycle plant in South Korea

Siemens is supplying  two innovative SGT6-8000H gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators, and two heat recovery steam generators to South Korea, this time for a gas fired facility. The order is worth more than EUR300 million and the company is responsible for the the entire instrumentation and control technology at the Ansan combined cycle power plant (CCPP). 

High efficiency, operational flexibility

Users of aeroderivative gas turbines converge at California meet

The annual Western Turbine Users Inc. (WTUI) conference took place recently in Pasadena, California. There were about 900 participants, mostly users of GE LM2500, LM500, LM6000 and LMS100 aeroderivative gas turbines. Such events allow users to hear from their peers and quiz the OEM on issues concerning their facilities.

Co-generation plant in Australia to be powered by J612 gas engine

One of GE’s natural gas-fired Jenbacher J612 gas engines will be powering a co-generation plant that will provide reliable electricity and thermal energy for a major urban revitalization initiative in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia. Built by Cogent Energy, the plant will play a pivotal role in the VicUrban-lead Revitalising Central Dandenong (RCD) initiative that is rejuvenating the south-east region of Melbourne.

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