With almost 1000 technical papers on the subject of turbomachinery on offer during four days of intensive sessions, it’s hard to beat the ASME’s Turbo Expo as a source of leading edge technology. While a good portion deals with the theoretical and experimental, plenty of it addresses existing technology as well as upcoming developments.
GE’s FlexEfficiency technology has been selected for an innovative new power plant being developed by MetCap Energy Investments, a Turkish project developer. The project will produce the world’s first Integrated Renewables Combined Cycle (IRCC) Power Plant.
GE and Harbin Electric Co., Ltd. (HE) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in which HE agreed to purchase GE’s newest breakthrough gas turbine featuring FlexEfficiency technology. As part of the MOU, HE plans to purchase four 9FB gas turbines from GE before the end of 2013, including two that will incorporate FlexEfficiency technology. The purchases are subject to HE being awarded projects, most likely for district heating applications in China.
The Timken Company has announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Philadelphia Gear Corp., a leading provider of high-performance gear drives and components with a strong focus on value-added aftermarket capabilities in the industrial and military marine sectors, for $200 million. Based in King of Prussia, Penn., Philadelphia Gear had trailing 12-month sales through March 2011 of approximately $85 million.
FlexEnergy Inc (www.flexenergy.com), a clean tech business with the breakthrough solution to create clean energy with near zero emissions from harmful greenhouse gases, is now armed by the State of New Hampshire's Job Training Fund to train upwards of 20 new people it will hire to fuel the company's expansion. Following active hiring at its Irvine, Calif.
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) show wrapped up this week in California with more political posturing about the need for stable policy and the extension of wind tax incentives. They were backed up by a speaker from Google who outlined his company’s commitment to green energy. Google is even working on a proposed multi-million dollar offshore transmission project called Atlantic Wind Connection that would serve as a backbone for offshore wind projects off the East Coast.
Global Windpower 2011 is taking place this week in Anaheim, California. The event got underway with its traditional keynotes by celebrities, government leaders and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) execs. TV mogul Ted Turner led the way. A big fan of wind, he has started his own venture capital firm to sponsor renewable projects known as Turner Renewable Energy.
“I’ve never seen anything more clear as the case for wind, solar, and geothermal,” said Turner. “They must be long-term incentives so we can plan intelligently.”