Performance and mechanical running tests of centrifugal compressors – III

HOW THE TESTS ARE DONE

A radially split type compressor is set up for shop tests. Various spectral plots are generated during mechanical running test of the compressor. The compressor is installed on baseplate after test.

Gas turbines keep California cool

From 2001 to 2005, California experienced severe power shortages that led to rolling blackouts. This was a result of unwise electric energy policy, Enron energy trading fraud, and decades-long onerous restrictions on permissions for generating plants.

Opra Turbines develops new combustor for biofuels

An R&D project is underway to develop a gas turbine combustor by Opra Turbines for efficient combustion of pyrolysis oil. The higher viscosity, lower energy density and limited chemical stability of the pyrolysis oil require different fuel handling compared to conventional liquid fuels.

Rolls-Royce may focus on nuclear after selling turbomachinery business to Siemens

Rolls-Royce's chief financial officer Mark Morris has been quoted in the media as saying that the company will focus on its nuclear activities. In October, R-R brought inMark Lesinski as president of its nuclear service business to accelerate further growth across the global nuclear services market.

Steam turbine at 1.2 kW

At 1.2 kW, the Green Turbine may well be the smallest steam turbine in the market. It's is approximately 9 kg, The length is 28 cm, diameter is 19 cm. Steam pressure is 5,2 bar absolute, condenser pressure is 0,1 bar.

Indian gas turbine commissioned in Oman

India's leading power-project equipment manufacturer, Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), has commissioned a gas turbine generating unit in Oman.

"The 126MW Fr-9E gas turbine generator (GTG) has been successfully commissioned at the Qarn Alam 3 power project of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). This is the second successive project after the successful commissioning of the 2x126 MW Fr-9E PDO Amal GTG project in 2012," BHEL said in a statement on its website on Friday.

Second power plant with Siemens H-Class technology goes into operation in US

Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center in Florida began commercial operation on April 1, 2014. Plant operator is Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), a subsidiary of America’s leading energy utility NextEra Energy Inc. Siemens supplied three of its SGT6-8000H-gas turbines for the project, each of which delivers an electrical generating capacity of 274 megawatts. 

Kingsbury to set up manufacturing plant in Germany

Following the opening of the Kingsbury GmbH sales office in Göttingen Germany in 2012, officials at Kingsbury have announced plans to expand into manufacturing. According to managing director, Dr. Morched Medhioub, "The decision to move into manufacturing Kingsbury bearings, made in the first quarter of 2013, was the natural outgrowth from the initial success of our European headquarters that serves Germany, Austria and Switzerland." 

Siemens brings in new power division head from Shell as part of shake up

As part of its realignment, Siemens AG has named its future management team. The Supervisory Board of Siemens AG has appointed Lisa Davis – who is currently Executive Vice President Strategy, Portfolio and Alternative Energies at Royal Dutch Shell – to the Managing Board, effective August 1, 2014.

Wood Group and Turbocare set for JV EthosEnergy

Wood Group and Siemens’s Turbocare unit are all set to launch a joint venture EthosEnergy that will be an independent service provider of rotating equipment service for the power, oil & gas and industrial sectors. 

EthosEnergy will build upon the existing business models of both Wood Group GTS and TurboCare.  Wood Group GTS’s business model has focused on contractual backlog created by offering value-added solutions and risk management.  This will be added to TurboCare’s repair and manufacturing expertise and workshop facilities. 

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