TECH briefs

Issue 9 and Volume 79.

Wartsila grows by leaps and bounds

Wartsila, a provider of solutions for decentralized power generation, has experienced record growth over the last six months, according to company sources. They attribute the growth to strong sales of its new PeakingPlus solution in the North American market. PeakingPlus is a line of modular pre-engineered and prepackaged power plants. Wartsila has received eight orders for PeakingPlus plants since last October, representing 325 MW. The company sees a potential for another 600 MW in U.S. orders by 2003.

UWIG studies answers in the wind

The Utility Wind Interest Group (UWIG), a non-profit corporation looking to integrate wind power and utility applications, is initiating and partially funding a project to study the impact of wind generation on electric system operations. Additional financial support will come from Xcel Energy, the Electric Power Research Institute, the American Public Power Association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Western Area Power Administration and the Bonneville Power Administration. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is providing in-kind support.

DTE aces test

DTE Energy Technologies, a subsidiary of DTE Energy, has successfully tested the Pratt & Whitney Power Systems’ ST5 turbine, which will be marketed worldwide as part of the energynow ENT 400. According to DTE, the ST5 is the largest gas turbine with air bearings; it was tested for distributed generation applications at Pratt & Whitney Canada’s facilities in Longueuil and operated as expected.

ALSTOM consolidates turbines

ALSTOM’s industrial steam turbine business has consolidated its range of steam turbines into a family of six turbine types. The program comprises four single-casing turbines and two dual-casing turbines to cover needs of less than 100 MW. It is a streamlining of the 16 equivalent models existing at the time of the merger of ABB and ALSTOM power generation activities. The turbines, called ST1-6, will be the basic global offering of ALSTOM’s industrial steam turbine business.

RJM Corp. offers up SCR tidbit

RJM Corporation, a provider of emission control technologies, has announced multiple contracts for the installation of its RJM ARIS selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology on more than 100 diesel and gas engines in the U.S. The total value of the contracts is in excess of $7 million, with focus in the Pacific Northwest.

American Superconductor revs up horsepower

American Superconductor Corp. (ASC) has built and demonstrated what they label “the world’s first 5,000-horsepower, high temperature superconductor (HTS) electric motor.” According to the company, their prototype is about the size of a household refrigerator and as little as half the size and weight of a conventional 5,000-horsepower motor. ASC contends that the prototype’s net electrical losses, including losses associated with cryogenic cooling of the HTS wires, are up to half the electrical losses of a conventional motor.