Matthias Grawe to head Industry Business Division


Matthias Grawe succeeds Dr. Jürgen Zeschky.

Matthias Grawe (52) took over at the helm of the Industry Business Division at Voith Turbo recently. The graduate engineer has been working for Voith Turbo for ten years, most recently as Head of the Product Group Variable-Speed Drives at the location Crailsheim.

FirstEnergy proposes new turbines in Ohio

Akron's FirstEnergy Corp. has proposed adding 800 megawatts of peaking generation at its Eastlake Plant in Lake County. Four new combustion turbines are needed to assure there is sufficient electric power in the East Coast-Midwest region as FirstEnergy prepares to close nine of its old coal-fired power plants, the company said.

Alstom upgrades GT13E2 gas turbine


Alstom's upgraded GT13E2 turbine now offers over 200 MW power.

Alstom, the global power generation company announced recently at Russia Power 2012, that it is introducing an upgraded version of its GT13E2 gas turbine. The GT13E2 gas turbine is Alstom’s offering in the E-class gas turbine1 market.

GE Energy signs $20 million in Turkish contracts

Atlanta-based GE Energy has signed contracts worth about $20 million to upgrade and maintain gas turbines at a power plant in Mersin, Turkey. The GE Frame 9E Gas Turbines at the Mersin plant produce 125 megawatts of power each. GE will provide maintenance and outage services for a new GE Frame 9E Gas Turbine for 10 years and to upgrade an existing GE Frame 9E Gas Turbine at the plant, which will boost the output of the unit by 2.3 percent. 

MAN Diesel & Turbo acquires Mecos Traxler

MAN Diesel & Turbo Schweiz AG has completed the acquisition of Swiss-based magnetic bearing specialist Mecos Traxler AG, based in Winterthur (Switzerland). A further step towards a close partnership has been taken following several years of joint research and development and successful compressor train installation with Mecos' magnetic bearing technology.

The acquisition by MAN Diesel & Turbo's Oil & Gas Business Unit in Zurich (Switzerland) will further push the joint growth, especially in the Oil & Gas business.

GE to supply 41 wind turbines to German projects

GE has recently announced a wind farm contract with German project developer Energiekontor AG for four wind power generating projects comprised of 41 2.75-103 wind turbines. Using a proprietary 50.2-meter blade with a proven aerodynamic shape, GE’s 2.75-103 wind turbine provides a larger blade swept area giving wind developers greater energy capture and improved project economics.

U.S. offshore wind receives boost

The U.S. Department of Energy recently unveiled a six-year, $180 million initiative for the development of offshore wind energy. An initial $20 million will be available in 2012 as the first step in supporting up to four innovative offshore wind energy installations across the U.S. According to DOE, offshore wind is an enormous potential resource for the U.S., with an estimated 4,000 GW or more in potential power generation.

Russian producer opts for GE power

GE has recently supplied three natural-gas fired ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher cogeneration units to Teplichnoe, one of the main suppliers of vegetables as well as canned and dried food in the Mordovia Republic. The units will be installed at its greenhouse production facilities in Saransk, 650 km east of Moscow.

Siemens to supply pre-engineered air compressors to China

Siemens Energy will supply, with its Chinese joint venture SITHCO (Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Huludao Co. Ltd.), the first two large size, pre-engineered integrally geared compressors for an air separation plant in China. The new unit will supply gas for a nonferrous metal smelting plant in Fangchenggang in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region in Southern China, which is expected to go online early next year.

Orlando firm offers gas turbine solutions for enhanced safety

Turbine Technology Services Corporation (TTS), a gas turbine engineering services firm based in Orlando, FL, has designed a solution to offer triple modular redundancy (TMR) for gas turbine control applications. This solution leverages control technology from Rockwell Automation, a provider of automation controls and information solutions based in Milwaukee, WI.


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