General Electric to Continue Powering the Arleigh Burke Class

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51). U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Patrick Reilly. (RELEASED)

The Arleigh Burke class destroyer has three “flights” (variants), the latest being the third and most advanced. Advanced is a key word here, because the more advanced a ship is, the more electricity it needs in order to power next-generation sensors and weapons. The question on the minds of those in the know has been, what will power these new ships? Continue reading

Ansaldo Energia on a Power Trip in the Chinese Market

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

Ansaldo Energia GT36 gas turbine. Source: Ansaldo Energia

Ansaldo Energia has been supplying gas turbines worldwide for decades.  Up until now, China has been a small market for the Italian manufacturer.  That may be about to change. Continue reading

Hywind: Scotland’s Revolutionary Power

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems SpecialistForecast International.

Hywind Scotland. Source: Masdar

Is there a way, especially in the United States, to harness wind power without encountering the many downsides associated with doing so? To answer that question, one must look elsewhere in the world. Continue reading

Safran Helicopter Engines Hovers Above the Turboshaft Pack

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Assembly work at Safran Helicopter Engines ~ (c) Cyril Abad / CAPA Pictures / Safran

Helicopters – Unequalled maneuverability; life-saving capability; powerful and indispensable. The helicopter’s value is undisputed and its utility second to none.  Companies  like Cierva, Breguet, and Sikorski did the pioneering work that resulted in the helicopters we now depend on. Today, the V-22 and AW609 are revolutionizing the field with their tilt-rotor technology, while utilizing capabilities that would astound those early developers. Continue reading

Block Island Wind Farm May Mark a New Trend in Renewable Energy

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Offshore Wind Farm

Offshore Wind Farm

Wind and farm, two innocuous words that, when put together, can evoke myriad reactions. From the supportive to the scornful, the views of the general population about wind farms and their future place on our landscape are mixed. Whatever opinion one may have, a recent development off a tiny island is worth noting. Continue reading

LMZ a Major Player in Russia’s Power Machines

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Steam Turbine Production at LMZ.

Steam Turbine Production at LMZ.

On the banks of the Neva River in Saint Petersburg, Russia sits an industrial entity that has shaped power production in the former Soviet Union for decades. LMZ (Leningradsky Metallichesky Zavod), founded in 1857, is the largest division of Power Machines. Continue reading

World Power Generation by Gas and Steam Turbines Increasing Steadily, So Why Is the Production Curve Relatively Flat?

By Stuart Slade, Gas Turbine Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The above graph refers only to steam turbines used in conjunction with gas turbines in cogeneration applications. It is entirely possible that we missed some likely cogen applications, as inevitably happens. Further, there are many pure steam installations that will continue to operate independently with other heat sources.

The above graph refers only to steam turbines used in conjunction with gas turbines in cogeneration applications. It is entirely possible that we missed some likely cogen applications, as inevitably happens. Further, there are many pure steam installations that will continue to operate independently with other heat sources.

There is a curious anomaly developing in the power generation industry: While demand for electricity is rising steadily and shows no sign of leveling off, let alone declining, the number and aggregate value of large power generation gas turbine sales are actually showing a slow but steady decline.  A detailed and nuanced appraisal points to a complex picture underlying this situation.

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Tidal Power a Subsurface, Green Alternative to Fossil Fuels

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

Turbine Schematic

Turbine Schematic. Source: MeyGen

Greener solutions to energy needs are always in high demand for countries looking to reduce their carbon footprint. Wind and solar power have cemented their place in the renewable energy sphere; however, another option is slowly gaining traction. Although the technology is in its early development, tidal turbines are seen as a possible contender in the race to find greener energy. MeyGen, a Scottish project scheduled to come on line later this year, is one example of this new technology at work. Continue reading

Smooth Sailing Ahead for Rolls-Royce MT30 Marine Engine

by Carter Palmer, Power Systems Specialist, Forecast International.

MT30 Marine Engine. Source: Rolls-Royce

MT30 Marine Engine. Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is solidifying its position in the naval power generation market with new, state-of-the-art applications for the company’s MT30 marine engine.  The commissioning of the U.S. Navy’s newest destroyer, the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), later in the year and the Royal Navy’ s HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2017 shines a spotlight on the relatively new powerplant, as both platforms feature the MT30 as their main power generation system.  The MT30 has a bright future, with Forecast International predicting that nearly 60 units collectively worth $1.345 billion will be produced over the next 10 years. Continue reading

Forecast International Introduces Dynamic New PowerWeb Site at PowerGen

by Edward Nebinger, Forecast International.

Powerweb ad blockAt PennWell’s PowerGen show, Forecast International introduced a new and singularly unique website. The new site, www.fi-powerweb.com, reports on and provides forecasts for all aspects of the world’s power and energy markets, with particular emphasis on gas & steam turbines, which have been a forte of the company for many years. Forecast International pioneered the development of the world’s first gas turbine forecast over 40 years ago and has since expanded its coverage to include power generation at all levels, combined-cycle (gas and steam) installations, mechanical drives for pipeline and other applications, and marine gas turbines, which are largely used for propulsion of naval surface warships. For aviation markets, FI tracks gas turbine power systems in five distinct market segments.

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