The recent Annual PowerGen conference in Las Vegas drew over 20,000 attendees – the highest number ever – indicating that market recovery is becoming a reality. The keynote featured David Walsh, Senior Vice President, Service & Manufacturing, at Mitsubishi Power Systems, America.
Siemens invests 66 million Euros in test center for gas turbines
December 17 2011 -
Siemens is building a new combustion test center for gas turbines near Berlin. The test center is to commence operation in 2014 on a 36,000 square meter site recently purchased by Siemens Real Estate in Ludwigsfelde, about 15 kilometers south of Berlin. It will play an important role in the design and ongoing development of Siemens gas turbines.
Wood Group GTS has secured a multi-million dollar facility operations, maintenance and long-term gas turbine maintenance contract from Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc (AECI) for the Dell Power Plant in Arkansas recently. The Dell Power Plant is a 580MW natural gas-fired 2 x GE Frame 7FA combined-cycle facility, providing power generation to support the six regional and 51 local electric cooperatives.
ANSYS has launched the newest release of its engineering simulation technology suite, ANSYS 14.0, recently. Designed to optimize product development processes, ANSYS solutions reduce the time and cost needed to foster product innovations.
ANSYS 14.0 delivers new benefits in three major areas:
GE announces combined-cycle power plant at Bouchain
December 14 2011 -
Electricite de France (EDF) and GE recently announced plans to jointly develop the first FlexEfficiency 50 plant to be connected to a national grid. The combined-cycle plant will be located at Bouchain, an existing EDF power plant site in northern France, and will produce 510 megawatts.
This EDF plant, scheduled to be GE's first operational FlexEfficiency example when it opens in 2015, is expected to achieve more than 61 percent efficiency at base load, based on GE test data. The turbine will be built at a GE manufacturing facility in Belfort, France.
The horsepower of micro-processors has grown dramatically over the past five years, enabling smaller devices such as loop controllers, transducers and auxiliary plant devices to perform more intelligent operations than their predecessors. As a result, turbine safety systems and overspeed protection devices can now monitor multiple turbine parameters simultaneously, as well as monitor and test the response times of the entire turbine shutdown system.
Colfax Corporation, a global leader in fluid-handling solutions for critical applications, today announced the acquisition of COT-PURITECH, headquartered in Canton, Ohio. COT-PURITECH's 80 associates will be integrated into the Colfax Fluid-Handling business.
GE’s 4.1-113 technology goes commercial in Gothenburg harbor
December 8 2011 -
Though most offshore wind turbines are doing quite well in the European Union, UK and in the German/Danish North Sea, still many power majors are hesitant to invest in offshore wind power. Setting the turbines out into the sea can solve land acquisition problems to an extent but accessing the turbines for maintenance, replacing key components and bringing in cranes for operations are some of the major drawbacks.
Global nuclear generation capacity falls to 366.5 GW
December 8 2011 -
Due to increasing costs of production, a slowed demand for electricity, and fresh memories of disaster in Japan, production of nuclear power fell in 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs Online (VSO) report from the Worldwatch Institute. Despite reaching record levels the previous year, global installed nuclear capacity----the potential power generation from all existing plants----declined to 366.5 gigawatts (GW) in 2011 from 375.5 GW at the end of 2010.
Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and process industries, is expanding its Turbine Technology Services facility in Houston, Texas to include a center of excellence for F-class rotor repair.