Online Magazine – Turbine Technology

3 May 2011 (Last Updated July 29th, 2020 22:30)

From conventional plants to renewable sources – we look at the technology that drives power generation.

Online Magazine – Turbine Technology

This month we look at new developments in turbine technology – from turbines installed in conventional power plants to those that generate power from renewable sources.

We explore a new generation of CCGT plants and trace the technological improvements that have been achieved over two decades of IGCC evolution. We also investigate how newly developed low thermal conductivity coatings can allow higher blade temperatures and therefore more power from the turbine.

In the area of renewable energy, we look at the steam turbines for the world’s largest solar thermal plant, Ivanpah in the California desert, and explore the technology behind the Turbinator, a new combined axial turbine and generator for hydropower installations.

To view the online magazine, click here.

Two Decades of IGCC Evolution

Significant improvements have been made to integrated gasification combined cycle technology over the last 20 years, notably in the area of heat recovery; and some of them are incorporated in a new plant currently under construction at Edwardsport.

Read the full article

A New Generation of CCGT Plants

Modern combined cycle power plants, with fast cycling and rapid start-up capabilities, have a number of advantages in a grid where a large percentage of renewables is envisaged. We round up recent innovations in combined cycle technology and look at newly commissioned power plants that demonstrate
what can be achieved.

Read the full article

A Glimpse of the Future

Back in 2003, Reports emerged about a novel approach to on-line temperature monitoring in the harsh environment of a gas turbine using phosphor doped 'sensor' thermal barrier coatings. More than seven years on, with many trials and tribulations on the way, it has been done in an operating gas turbine.

Read the full article

Turning Up the Heat

Newly developed low thermal conductivity coatings promise higher blade temperatures and therefore more power from the turbine. We investigate the technology.

Read the full article

Full Steam Ahead for Ivanpah Solar

Siemens has been awarded the contract to supply the steam turbine-generators and the I&C system for the world's largest solar thermal power plant, Ivanpah in California, US. Its SPPA-T3000 control system will be deployed for the first time in this kind of facility.

Read the full article

Installing the Turbinator

Hydropower technology developer CleanPower has installed its first Turbinator at the Hegset dam in Norway. The Turbinator combines an axial turbine and generator in a compact and sealed machine, and can utilise lost hydropower potential from environmental outlets.

Read the full article

Industry Project

Sumgait CCGT Plant - Reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved grid stability are among the benefits of Azerbaijan's 506MW Sumgait combined cycle power plant, inaugurated in November 2009.

Read the full article

Next Issue

Clean energy technology, while highly sought after, is also fiercely guarded. In next month's issue we take a look at intellectual property rights covering the transfer of clean energy technology. We also investigate renewable investment trends and future growth areas across the developing world.

Concern about dwindling resources coupled with active government policy in many countries has resulted in a boom in biofuel research. We profile the state of the biofuels industry and explore the impact of emerging technologies.

We also take a look at a recently approved £40m scheme for the installation of tidal turbines in the waters off Islay, Scotland, which will create the largest tidal array in the world, and explore what it means for the progress of marine energy.

Online Magazine FAQ

The online magazine is viewable on any computer with Flash Player installed. It is also viewable on mobile devices, iPhones and iPads though some features and videos will be disabled.

To view the online magazine, click here.