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Manufacturters’ electricity costs 51 per cent higher than last year

However, the upwards trend through 2008 was reversed in Q4 with the cost of electricity reducing by 27 per cent from the high cost points of Q3 2008

Lubricating the wheels of innovation to reduce friction

Drake Calvin takes a look at some up and coming innovations in friction reduction

Silica analyser helps reduce your plant costs

The new Polymetron 9210 silica analyser can detect early stages of resin saturation due to its low 0.5ppb detection limit

Filter class recommendations for healthier air quality

Peter Sandberg looks at the implications of European standard EN 13779:200

Novel strategies boost turbine efficiency

The challenge of keeping power plants at peak efficiency - when demand is growing and investment is in short supply - is forcing plant managers and equipment suppliers to consider all aspects of their operations. Sean Ottewell reports

Bearing system for planetary wind turbine gearboxes

Planetary bearing supports for a 1.5 MW wind turbine gearbox with one planetary gear stage

3D scanners deliver metrology for larger free-form objects

Developed to cope with measuring and inspecting cars, planes, trains, wind turbines in crowded production areas

Two-stage turbocharged gas engine

New Jenbacher J624 engine increases energy output by 10 per cent and electrical efficiency by 1 per centage point

PTFE labyrinth seal with extremely long service life

Radiamatic RCD is designed to seal splash lubrication in high-quality components in the field of power transmission engineering

Floating power station runs on heavy fuel or gas

Converted from bulk carriers has a 14MW generation capacity, says energy company Karadeniz Powership Co

Braking ideas for yaw and pitch of wind turbines

Brakes are key on a wind turbine. A turbine structure will require rotor, yaw control and blade pitch control brakes

Repair assessment and modification of gas turbine components and assemblies

Gas turbine components have different life-limiting failure modes. Life-limiting deterioration is frequently created by a detail of a component. A thorough analysis and creative thinking can lead to modifications that result in substantial extensions of turbine lifetime. Sief Mattheij reports

Couplings make the connection for gas turbines

Couplings to be installed, and the flexible elements (disc packs) changed, without disturbing adjacent machinery

Developing markets drive turbine innovation

A raft of joint ventures and new manufacturing centres highlight how investment in turbine technology is becoming focused on the major markets

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