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.

Capstone receives first C1000 order

Capstone Turbine Corporation, manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, has recently announced that it has received an order for the first C1000 microturbine system from an oil & gas producer in Southern California. The C1000 Power Package, a megawatt microturbine power system, can be configured into smaller 800KW and 600KW solutions – all within a single ISO-type container. Models are available that operate on: natural gas, propane, landfill gas, digester gas, diesel, aviation and kerosene fuels.

GE, JP Morgan invest $225 million in NextEra Energy wind farm

Expanding its renewable energy portfolio in Texas, GE Energy Financial Services has joined JP Morgan to jointly invest $225 million in a partnership that owns the 662.5-megawatt Capricorn Ridge wind farm in West Texas. The Capricorn Ridge wind farm has been in operation since 2007 and employs 342 of GE Energy’s 1.5-megawatt machines, and 65 of Siemens’ 2.3-megawatt machines.

GE Oil & Gas wins $1 billion Ichthys LNG project in Australia

GE Oil & Gas has received contracts totaling more than $1 billion to supply equipment and services for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Australia recently. GE will provide rotating equipment, including gas turbines and compressors, for a new Ichthys LNG plant at Blaydin Point, near Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, and associated floating production storage and offloading and a central processing facility (CPF) located in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia.

Combined cycles and efficiency

In the previous part of this series, the author set a new benchmark for combined cycle energy efficiency at 65 %. Direct use of natural gas, and a national energy policy with new regulations, coupled with efforts to save crude oil with the help of shale gas and the efficient combined cycle is the need of the hour.

Siemens bags steam turbine order

Siemens Energy has received an order for a steam turbine generator to be used in a waste-to-energy plant equipped with combined power and heat generation in Plymouth, England. Once commissioned in 2014, the power plant - with an electrical capacity of up to 25 megawatts (MW) - is designed to cover the heat demand of Plymouth's Naval Base, cost-effectively and with low CO2 emissions. 

IHI's palm-sized gas turbine generator offers 400W output


Japan’s IHI Corp. has recently developed the world’s smallest and lightest gas turbine generator and plans to bring it to the market by 2015. The generator weighing 1.2 kg with dimensions of 8 cm in diameter and 12 cm in length can offer a maximum output of 400 watts using propane gas, kerosene or light oil for the fuel, and can run continuously for three hours. 


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