The Clean Energy Technology Development Center of Southern Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina, has developed a technology that combines both coal and biomass feedstocks for use in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle systems. Use of biomass—as a supplement to coal—could allow power stations to take credit for the carbon dioxide that plants and trees take out of the atmosphere as they grow and mature. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), with additional financial support from Southern Research and TK Energi.
Looking to strengthen its presence in the fast growing Indian market, General Electric will introduce 660 and 800 MW supercritical steam turbines this year.
The country is looking to expand its capacity by 100 GW in the next five years. Much of the new capacity will be coal, though nuclear, and to some extent gas, will also play a significant role. Steam turbines will provide more than 60% of the power capacity growth.
Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd successfully conducted a gas turbine engine test on a Rolls-Royce VIPER 201 engine using its patented sensor coating technology to measure temperatures on-line. The work was conducted under the project ‘Sensor Coating System – SeCSy’ which is co-financed through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and is in cooperation with RWE npower, LAND Instruments and Cranfield University. The VIPER gas turbine is owned by STS and has been specifically modified to enable optical access.
The Energy Information Administration's 2011 outlook released on April 26 says that with growing electricity demand and the retirement of 39 GW of existing capacity, 223 GW of new generating capacity (including end-use combined heat and power) will be needed between 2010 and 2035.
New evidence of the safe, reliable operating performance that has made nuclear energy a proven provider of low-cost electricity for American families and businesses has come with the release of 2010 safety and operations data for the U.S. nuclear energy industry by the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).
In 2010, U.S. nuclear power plants remained one of the safest industrial working environments and overall safety performance was sustained at historically high levels, according to performance indicators compiled by WANO.
In India, some of the worst case scenarios of unplanned wind power development are coming true. The nation has two states that have high wind potential – Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Of the two, Gujarat’s soil conditions are not the best suited for onshore wind turbine installations, and so Tamil Nadu has been leading in wind power.
Steve Ingistov is Principal Engineer BP/WCC at Los Angeles refinery. He says:
The topic which Klaus Brun and Rainer Kurtz addressed under the “Myth Busters”, Turbomachinery International,March/April 2011 Edition, is of great interest not only to designers of axial compressor but also to the end Users.
From the end-user perspective the fouling of axial compressor is a continuous problem especially in typical industrial areas such as petrochemical and oil refining.
Rolls-Royce recently got a contract from PetroChina, the largest oil and gas producer in China.
The West-East Pipeline Project (WEPP) is the world’s longest natural gas pipeline and this order will take the number of Rolls-Royce RB211 gas turbine compressor packages installed on this pipeline and associated feed and branch lines to 45. This order follows contract awards over the past five years for other major gas pipelines in India, Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, North America and Algeria.