Future Power Technology: Turbine Edition
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Future Power Technology: Turbine Edition

04 Sep 2013 (Last Updated July 30th, 2020 22:15)

In this issue we look at the best combined cycle gas turbine models on the market, profile Alstoms’ tidal turbine plans, explore gearbox and direct drive systems in the wind energy market and much more

Future Power Technology: Turbine Edition

Turbine Edition

In the latest issue of Future Power Technology we take a look at the latest innovations in turbines that will power the next generation of natural gas-fuelled plants, and profile new power plant projects using the latest technology.

For over two decades now, natural gas has been the fuel of choice for power plants. In recent years manufacturers have focused on making the combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) more efficient. We look at some of the best models on the market and see how they are improving efficiency for manufacturers.

Alstom has consolidated its position in the burgeoning tidal power market with its acquisition of tidal turbine manufacturer Tidal Generation Limited from Rolls-Royce. We find out more about Alstom’s plans for the company and ask if technologies used to harness tidal energy are ready to step up to the forefront of renewable generation.

We also take a look behind the rapid growth of the market for wind power technology, with a particular focus on innovations in gearbox and direct drive systems for wind turbines, and profile new wind power projects under construction.

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In this issue

Turbine Innovation
As combined cycle gas turbines (CCGTs) manufacturers continue on their never-ending quest to create the most efficient class of gas turbine, we look at the best models on the market.
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Lausward Combined Cycle Power Plant, Germany
Stadtwerke Düsseldorf is constructing a 595MW combined cycle gas turbine in Lausward, Germany.
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Alstom Taps Tidal
Having recently bought Tidal Generation Limited, Alstom is strengthening its position in the tidal market. Future Power Technology profiles the company’s tidal turbine plans and asks if the Technology’s time has come.
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West Islay Tidal Farm, Scotland
The proposed 400MW West Islay Tidal Farm will be one of the first commercial-scale tidal energy projects in the world.
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Gear Up For Growth
Despite a global recession, the wind energy market has grown exponentially over recent years. GlobalData explores the drivers of growth, focusing on gearbox and direct drive systems.
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Blyth Wind Turbine Blade Test Facility, UK
The Blyth offshore wind turbine blade test facility is located in Northumberland in the UK. It is the second blade test facility being built at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec).
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Next Issue

IBM and its partners established the Smarter Energy Research Institute in 2012 to identify future priorities and challenges facing the industry. We catch up with the institute to discover the insights it has gathered on the future of smart energy.

We also find out how intelligent demand response systems could help optimise energy distribution and improve reserve margins, and take a look at the industry’s quest to build the ‘self-healing’ power grid – a system that can keep itself stable during normal conditions and self-recover in the event of a disturbance.

Moreover, we explore the progress of the smart metering roll-out in the UK and review new projections for its costs and long-term benefits, review different smart metering systems being developed for households and commercial users, and take a look at smart grid demonstration projects around the world to find out how far new technologies have progressed.

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