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The industrial steam turbine has to change with the times. Competition pushes OEMs to develop new and more efficient turbines. In power generation the picture is more or less clear. This month Turbomachinery magazine published an article that said that Seimens, GE, Alstom and Mitsubishi have all surpassed the 60% combined cycle efficiency milestone. What then is a realistic target for industrial steam turbines?
And how do we achieve this target for turbines of 5MW, 10MW or 40MW?
We would like to invite OEMs, users and the larger turbomachinery community to let us know their vision for the future of these workhorses. You can use the feedback options below to participate. I propose that we spend quality time to analyze those visions.