Can MAN, a company that is no stranger to power generation, outshine its rivals and break into a massive, competitive market? As far as gas turbines are concerned, MAN has not really had a big piece of the pie; however, that might shift somewhat in the coming decade. A new product, developed in-house by MAN, has been doing rather well for a new design and will perhaps gain the manufacturer some traction in the power generation/mechanical drive market.
According to FI’s Platinum Forecast System, GE has clearly moved into the dominant world position in the production of industrial & marine gas and steam turbines. As shown in the pie chart, GE Energy, with plants in Cincinnati (Ohio), Erie (Pennsylvania), Schenectady (New York), and Atlanta (Georgia), will capture 33.76 percent of the world market, valued at over $113.6 billion, during the 2017-2031 period. In addition, subsidiaries in France, Italy, and Japan will contribute about 3 percent of production, bringing the overall share of GE up to almost 37 percent of the world market. Continue reading →
Within a period of 20 years, dating from around 1960, when the first production gas turbine-powered ships entered service, to the early 1980s, marine gas turbines effectively destroyed the century-old steam turbine industry. This process involved not just the substitution of gas turbines for the existing combination of boilers and steam turbines, but also extensive changes to the logistics and support systems that had grown up around steam. Gas turbines required a lighter grade of fuel to run the most efficiently, and the processes by which they are maintained are completely different. The net effect was that, once the switch to gas turbines was made, going back was impossible. The marine steam turbine industry was dead. Continue reading →