ORLANDO, Nov. 2, 2004 — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology – Advanced Technology Program (NIST-ATP) awarded the Siemens Westinghouse (SWPC) and MesoScribe Technologies, Inc. team a four-year, $5.4 million program.
The target is to develop embedded sensors capable of withstanding harsh environments and integrate them in a wireless telemetry system to enable thermal, mechanical and wear sensing in operating gas turbines for condition-based maintenance. The proposed program focuses on the area of smart coatings for component condition monitoring and is scheduled to start in November 2004 .
The program will accelerate development and verification of the embedded sensor technology which is essential to prime reliance on coatings for superior turbine performance and availability. The new technology aims to promise turbine operators in power generation as well as in aviation or marine propulsion dramatic improvements by enabling condition based maintenance. The technology of SWPC has the potential to save operators and owners of gas and steam turbines worldwide over $86 million per year through lower cost of operation and lower emissions.
The Power Generation Group (PG) of Siemens AG is one of the premier companies in the international power generation sector. Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (SWPC), headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is the regional business entity in the Americas. In fiscal 2003 (which ended September 30), Siemens PG posted sales amounting to approximately EUR 7 billion and received new orders totaling EUR 7.3 billion. Group profit amounted to EUR 1,171 million. On September 30, 2003, PG had a workforce of more than 30,000 worldwide. Further information at: www.siemens.com