A Turbine Close to Home – Part 1

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

GE’s 7HA high efficiency, air cooled gas turbine. Source: GE

In the power generation game, gas turbines have long cemented their position.  What is the norm now and what might lie in the future?

Gas turbines can be used in two ways for power generation.  Depending on the requirements of a specific installation, a simple-cycle or combined-cycle design is preferred.  Cogeneration and trigeneration setups are also possible with these machines. Continue reading

Industrial Gas Turbines – Bragging Rights Center on Efficiency

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Siemens SGT5-8000H gas turbine. Photo – Siemens

Since the turn of the last century, natural gas has been growing in popularity across the board as a fuel for power generation. Power from natural gas has traditionally been a relatively clean way to augment other sources of power, including renewables such as solar and wind. More recently, owing to lower prices and an increasing aversion to energy sources such as coal, methane-based gas has also been growing in appeal for baseload operations. Continue reading

GE F110: A Link to Three Major Fourth-Generation Fighters

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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General Electric F110-GE-129 engine

As fourth-generation fighters are slowly pushed aside by next-generation aircraft, it is easy to forget the importance of these older platforms. Built amid Cold War tensions, these fighters were the pinnacle of technology. The F-14 and fictional MiG-28 in the film Top Gun defined what was cool about flying fighters. The F-14, F-15, and F-16 were indeed the top dogs; however, aside from their era, they shared very little in common. Continue reading

The World Aviation Gas Turbine Market 2016 – 2030

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Platinum Forecast System TM logo rgbWe are pleased to present a brief summary of the latest forecast information on the world’s aviation gas turbines.  This information has been derived directly from the Aviation Gas Turbine module of Forecast International’s revolutionary Platinum Forecast System® 2.0, the only one of its type worldwide. Continue reading

GE F404/414 Engine Will Prosper in Super Hornet’s Absence

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

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The F-18 powered by GE F404/414 engines.

As production of the Boeing F-18E/F Super Hornet winds down in the coming years, one would assume production of its F404/414 engine would fall off as well; however, this is not the case, as Saab has recently reminded us. The future will indeed be bright, as the new Gripen E derives its impressive performance from the latest GE powerplants.  The GE F404/414 engine equips not only the Gripen but other international aircraft as well, including the KAI T-50 and HAL Tejas LCA. Although it has been used primarily on the U.S. Navy’s F-18, it is these other aircraft that will keep the production lines running. Indeed, Forecast International expects some 450 GE F404/414 engines worth about $2.2 billion to be produced over the next 10 years. Continue reading