Steam Turbines Articles

  • Water’s Critical Role in the Power Generation Industry

    Water and power are intimately connected in the U.S. and around the world. In 2015, electric power generation was responsible for 41% of total water withdrawals in the United States, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Where does all that water go and what role does it play in ...


    By MECO Incorporated

  • It’s Only Natural: New Ohio Power Plant To Use GE’s Record-Setting Natural Gas Turbines

    The history of Guernsey County, Ohio, is entwined with glass. Glassware in such vibrant and poetic colors as carmen, royal blue, crown Tuscan and heatherbloom, produced by the Cambridge Glass Company, made this corner of Ohio world-famous and turned the plant into “one of the most prosperous glass companies the world had ever known,”  ...


    By GE Renewable Energy

  • Selecting Industrial Fabrics for Steam Trap Insulation

    Industrial fabrics are engineered for high-performance in demanding working environments, where adverse conditions can cause the gradual breakdown of integral components. There are many aggravating phenomena to contend with in modern industrial spaces: corrosion via process materials, differential pressures, high temperatures, humidity, mechanical forces, etc. Many components and processes must ...


    By Mid-Mountain Materials Inc.

  • Proper Valve Trim Extends Life of Boiler Feedwater Valves

    In competitive power markets, combined cycle facilities are experiencing more operating cycles than owners initially planned for at the design stage. It’s not uncommon for a combined cycle plant to experience more than 250 starts per year these days.While the ability to cycle a large combined cycle plant is ideal for fleet flexibility, frequent startups and shutdowns strain many critical ...

  • Cultivating geothermal energy sources – Case Study

    Since the early twentieth century, geothermal energy has been used to produce electricity. In the 1980’s and 90’s, rapid expansion in the demand for geothermal energy put pressure on suppliers to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Because of high temperatures and varying ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • District heating reduces carbon footprint – Case Study

    District heating is a system for distributing heat generated from a centralized location for residential and commercial heating requirements. The heat is often obtained from a cogeneration plant that burns fossil fuels, but increasingly these plants are transitioning to biomass. According to recent research, district heating is one of the cheapest methods of reducing carbon on the planet and has ...


    By Sierra Instruments, Inc.

  • Projects Thermoelectric Generators in a Geothermal Field - Case Study

    This is an R&D project which will build and test a new field-scale thermoelectric generator (TEG) at our Bottle Rock Power geothermal facility near Cobb, California. TEGs produce electrical energy when a strong enough temperature difference exists across the generator (a phenomenon known as the Seebeck effect). This will be the first ...


    By AltaRock Energy, Inc.

  • More Power & Flexibility Lead to Profits Case Study

    In 2014, Powerphase installed a Turbophase system consisting of two Turbophase modules, at a cogeneration plant in the U.S. The Morris Cogen plant is a 177 MW combined-cycle gas facility located within the Equistar Chemicals petrochemical plant in Morris, IL. The Morris plant has a single pressure steam turbine (ST) (625 psig/750°F) rated at 57 MW, and three GE MS6001B, PG6561 gas turbines ...


    By Powerphase

  • World leader in steam turbine technology development and application contracted to build six steam powered energy plants

    Situation: A world leader in the development and application of steam turbine technology was contracted to build six steam powered energy plants for an overseas customer. A key component in the manufacturing process of most of the equipment parts was the application of a protective coating prior to final assembly and transportation for delivery. The onsite conventional fixed coating facility ...


    By Duroair Technologies Inc.

  • Morocco’s Solar Future

    Located on the north west of Africa, just across from the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco’s dry and sandy terrain has made it a leader in solar energy production. As a relatively developed country in its own right, Morocco is electrified and at the start of the 21st century, more than 50% of all electricity was produced by burning fossil fuels. However, the authorities in Morocco ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Turbomachinery Rotor Dynamics - Latest Modelling & Simulation CAE for design and analysis, using SoftInWay’s Integrated Tool

    The Rotor-Dynamic System of a typical turbomachine consists of rotors, bearings and support structures. The aim of the designer undertaking analysis is to understand the dynamics of the rotating component and its implication. Today the industry practices and specifications rely heavily on the accuracy of rotor-dynamic simulated predictions to progressively reduce empirical iterations and save ...


    By SoftInWay Inc.

  • As Global Demand for Electricity Grows, Geothermal Energy Heats Up

    January 9, 2017 — At 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1 magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the back-up emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of ...


    By Ensia

  • Full steam ahead: a look at steam Turbines and how the Speed of development is accelerating

    A whole ecosystem is built around steam turbine technology, consisting of manufacturers, service providers and owner operators. The technology has grown from simple marine applications to many different types of power generation, processing and other applications. Major players have pursued several approaches to growth and new product development: mergers & acquisitions; licensing and core ...


    By SoftInWay Inc.

  • Case Study - 6MW Non-Condensing Power Plant

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2003 First Geothermal Power Station in PNG: Press Release, April 16, 2003 Lihir Gold Limited “Gold company Lihir Gold Limited is turning its vast geothermal resource into an opportunity. In April, the company started commissioning a 6MW geothermal power station, the first in Papua New Guinea to use natural geothermal ...

  • Case Study - Aluto Langano Power Plant Rehabilitation

    Aluto Langano, Ethiopia – 2007 The Aluto Langano Geothermal Pilot Plant (ALGPP) is located on the Aluto volcanic complex of the Ethiopian Rift valley, close to the eastern escarpment between Lake Langano and Lake Ziway, some 200 km southeast of Addis Ababa. The Aluto volcanic complex is a young acidic system consisting of domes, lava, and pyroclastic interbeds. The geothermal field was ...

  • Case Study - 30MW Single Flash Power Plant and 20 MW Expansion

    Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea – 2005 In December 2003, Lihir Management Company awarded GDA a contract for supply and site supervision for a 30MW (net) geothermal power plant. In 2005, Lihir contracted with GDA for an additional 20 MW of plant equipment. The picture at the right shows the main power house and annex under construction. The power house is the larger open section which ...

  • Petrochemistry: Monitoring the magnetic clutch of a boiler fan - Case Study

    Equipment, Context:   The manufacturing site is a steam cracker in Europe operating 24 hours 7 days a week. To ensure its production, the plant has three boilers supplying in vapor several steam turbines and furnaces. The monitored equipment is a fan linked to a boiler. Fan is equipped with a magnetic-clutch allowing a driving ...


    By Wi-Care

  • Overhaul Completed in Just 30 Days

    Sulzer completed an overhaul of three General Electric steam turbines and five Clark compressors for a large ethylene plant in Colombia. Sulzer’s service centers in Texas and Bogotá worked together to inspect and repair the three turbines. Sulzer staff helped the customer with project planning, full commissioning, and testing within a very tight timeframe. The city of ...


    By Sulzer Ltd.

  • Steam Turbine Rotor Transient Thermo-Structural Analysis and Lifetime Prediction

    Market requirements for faster and more frequent power unit start-up events result in a much faster deterioration of equipment, and a shorter equipment lifespan. Significant heat exchange occurs between steam and turbine rotors during the start-up process and even more intensive heat exchange takes place during the condensation phase in cold start-up mode, which leads to further thermal stresses ...


    By SoftInWay Inc.

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