More POWER-GEN 2016 Industry Announcements for Tuesday

Pictured: Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power & Gas Division

Siemens to showcase technology leadership at POWER-GEN International 2016

·         Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power & Gas Division, will deliver remarks during the Opening Keynote Session

·         Siemens booth (#5100) will feature an interactive virtual reality experience

·         The Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas, will feature custom energy solutions in Siemens’ booth

Siemens will participate in the upcoming POWER-GEN International 2016 Conference & Exhibition in Orlando (December 13 – 15), showcasing a comprehensive portfolio for fossil-based power generation, oil and gas, intelligent power networks, power generation services, energy storage and energy efficiency.

Siemens – with offerings that include heavy duty, industrial and aero-derivative gas turbines; steam turbines; generators; heat recovery steam generators; compressors; energy management solutions; and digital services – will have a booth in the exhibit hall (#5100) featuring an interactive virtual reality experience that allows visitors to learn more about the company’s latest technology and service offerings, including a realistic simulation of Siemens’ SGT-800 gas turbine. Siemens’ SGT-750 industrial gas turbine, with a newly upgraded 41 MW rating, will be featured in the company’s booth. With efficiency levels of close to 42 percent and the lowest emissions in the market, this flexible industrial gas turbine delivers added value to customers. The Siemens booth will also showcase custom energy and power generation solutions for oil and gas, industrial, institutional, and general industries from the Dresser-Rand business, a global supplier of rotating equipment.

At the opening of POWER-GEN International, Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power & Gas Division, will deliver remarks – “The Power to Change” – focused on the latest trends that are shaping and reshaping the energy landscape. Meixner will focus in particular on Distributed Energy, Digitalization and Cyber Security, and Storage Technologies.

·         Tuesday December 13 at 9:30 AM: Willi Meixner, CEO Siemens Power & Gas Division, The Power to Change – Opening Keynote Session (Exhibit Hall NA1, North/South Building)


Maxwell Technologies Announces Generator Starting Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Standby and Backup Generator Market

New Ultracapacitor-Based Modules Deliver Strong, Reliable Starting Power for Gensets

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – December 12, 2016 – Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXWL), a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage and power delivery solutions, today announced the Generator Starting Solutions (GSS) product line. As the newest addition to the company’s ultracapacitor-based product offerings, the GSS modules help start commercial and industrial standby and backup generators (gensets). Maxwell is the first company to offer dedicated ultracapacitor-based products that provide strong successful genset starts within seconds of loss of power.  

Grid power failures are a major concern for power-critical facilities such as hospitals, hotels, data centers and server farms. Maxwell’s GSS modules support a variety of gensets, from towables to stationary power systems, and bring a high level of confidence to building operators that gensets will start when needed. While failure-to-start is often battery-related, Maxwell’s GSS modules can be installed alongside batteries to provide burst power during cranking. Alternatively, GSS modules can replace batteries entirely, thereby eliminating the most common reason for genset failure-to-start.  

Richard Knittel, vice president of technical services of Prime Power Services, a company that provides emergency power supply services and relies on the GSS module, said, “We maintain over 3,000 generators and spend a lot of time and effort maintaining conventional batteries. They are the weakest link in the system. Using Maxwell ultracapacitors on our sites has been a game changer, requiring extremely low maintenance and providing dramatic improvement in cranking performance regardless of ambient temperatures.”

The GSS product line consists of BCI group 31 form factor modules that are installed with or in place of batteries for starting standby and backup generators in commercial and industrial buildings. With high power, fast response and long operating lifetimes, ultracapacitors are more durable, more reliable and more efficient than batteries. They provide high-burst starting power to gensets ranging from 50 kilowatts (kW) to 3.5 megawatts (MW).  For National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 110 Type 10 requirements, GSS modules greatly assist in restoring power within 10 seconds of failure. The GSS module reduces starting time and comes with a 10-year warranty with the use of a Maxwell-approved charger.*  

“Maxwell is taking its success with Engine Start Modules (ESM) for heavy-duty truck engines to standby and backup generators in mission-critical facilities. The GSS module provides unprecedented starting reliability to industries where failure of the generator to start during loss of power can critically impact people or equipment in the building,” said Franz Fink, president and CEO of Maxwell Technologies.

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About Maxwell: Maxwell is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. For more information, please visit our website:


ABB showcases leading-edge power generation solutions at PGI 2016 in Orlando

Symphony® Plus technology on display underlines ABB’s leadership in distributed control systems and its digital credentials.

Orlando, Florida, December 12, 2016 – ABB will present its complete portfolio of solutions for the power generation industry at this year’s Power Gen International 2016, held in Orlando, Florida on December 13-15.

This annual event is the industry leader, providing coverage of the trends, technologies and issues facing the generation sector.  ABB will hold a number of conference presentations and highlight leading-edge technologies and products at booth #2218, which enable power generators and operators to optimize project costs, manage plants and generate energy efficiently.

 Among the showcased technologies, ABB will present its Symphony Plus control system, thanks to which ABB has been recognized as the world’s number one supplier of distributed control systems (DCS) in the power generation segment. Symphony Plus follows an ‘evolution without obsolescence’ approach of introducing new technology with enhanced benefits while protecting long-term investments by ensuring full compatibility with existing installations. Furthermore, this control system adds value for customers by carefully collecting, analyzing and providing actionable insights on plant and engineering data in their systems, ultimately allowing them to lower project risk, reduce cost and throughput times and improve asset performance and profitability.

“Around a third of the 70 million devices connected to ABB control systems are for power generation control.  In addition, ABB has the leading installed base of digital control systems in power generation – putting us in a primary position to write our future together with our customers,” said Kevin Kosisko, Managing Director of ABB’s Power Generation and Water business unit. “With our vast DCS installed base, wealth of expertise and application know-how, and globally recognized technology, we are able to help customers react to dynamic global trends, improve their operations and ultimately their business.”

While many ABB experts will be on the floor during the show, a number will be available during the following conference curriculum presentations presented and chaired by ABB:

·         The Low Carbon Landscape – Flowers or Weeds? Presented by Shilpa Kokate    

o    PGI 6C - Low-Carbon, Industry Trends / Competitive Power Generation I

·         Digitalization: Moving from Step Change to Transformation in Power Generation, Presented by Thomas Trepanier    

o    PGI 12A - From Smart Monitoring & Diagnostics to Prediction: Data Analytics and the Plant of Tomorrow, The Digital Power Plant

·         Integrating Renewables in the Power generation Mix, Presented by Francisco Tacoa        

o    PGI 10B - Asset Management, Plant Performance II

·         Global Technology and Experience in Gas Emissions   , Chaired by Richard Vesel

o    CG 17C, Evolving Clean Coal Technologies

·         From Smart Monitoring & Diagnostics to Prediction: Data Analytics and the Plant of Tomorrow, Chaired by Francisco Tacoa     

o    PGI 12A - From Smart Monitoring & Diagnostics to Prediction: Data Analytics and the Plant of Tomorrow, The Digital Power Plant

·         Unconventional Natural Gas Supply for Power Generation, Chaired by Rodney Durban

o    PGI 7C - Unconventional Natural Gas Supply for Power Generation Industry Trends / Competitive Power Generation II

Symphony Plus is the latest generation of ABB’s highly successful Symphony family of control systems. With more than 6,700 systems installed in the past 30 years and more than 50 gigawatts of additional power capacity installed during the last five years, much of it in the power generation and water sectors, ABB has one of the largest installed bases of distributed control systems in the world.

ABB (ABB: NYSE) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a more than 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees. ABB’s Americas operations are headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and employ about 30,000 people in multiple manufacturing, service and other major facilities.


TAW Installed A VTL So Large It Required Its Own Building

TAMPA, FL. DECEMBER 2016—TAW is pleased to announce the completion of our new 4900 sq. ft. precision machine shop annex located at the TAW Tampa Service Center. We have something even bigger to offer inside: A 144-inch vertical turret lathe (VTL) with a 168-inch swing and a 220,000 lb. load capacity. It is one of the largest VTLs in the southeast.

The new machine shop also provides space for a 100-inch Shibaura-Berthiez VTL, a 46-inch Bullard Cut Master VTL, and a 5-inch Lucas CNC Horizontal Mill with four axis machining capability. Our precision lathes are spinning with possibilities. The 144-inch VTL provides TAW’s expert technicians with the ability to machine much larger parts—up to 220,000 pounds. TAW Custom Equipment engineers designed and manufactured new controls for the lathe, providing better speed control, more accurate cuts and the most advanced technology available. The 100-inch VTL has a 103-inch max swing with 72-inches under the rail and a 30,000-pound table weight capacity. The 46-inch VTL is a unique mill that can machine 84-inches under the rail, providing a 30,000-pound table weight capacity and a 56-inch max swing.

TAW’s Tampa Service Center previously housed all departments under one big—100,000 sq. ft.— roof, but the new machine shop annex was specifically designed for the stability of large rotating machinery, and adds to TAW’s advanced capabilities in repairing and manufacturing power generation equipment, pumps and motors.

Each of the large VTLs has its own concrete isolation pad to reduce vibrations and increase tolerance accuracy. The new machine shop was also designed around an overhead crane system capable of supporting a 50-ton lifting capacity. A critical design feature includes the crane alignment between our existing service center and the new machine shop, which permits the two cranes to be connected in the future allowing parts to be transferred between the two facilities using only the cranes.

If you’ve worked with TAW before, you won’t be surprised to learn that a copious amount of engineering went into designing the foundation of our new machine shop. We made sure the structure was engineered specifically for housing heavy duty high tolerance equipment. The foundation required nine separate concrete pours and more than 30 pilings driven under the crane supports. Isolation pads were installed for each slab, to totally isolate each machine from any outside influence that might cause a disruption or distortion during the machining process. We have about 18,000 pounds of rebar in the slab and the concrete is rated to 5000 pound per square inch instead of the standard 3000 found in most buildings.

Having these critical milling operations consolidated in one highly engineered building, also translates to improved customer service, streamlining the production process and reducing turn-around time. TAW customers rely on our high-quality work and full-service capabilities. This expansion enables us to work beyond expectations and needs, delivering the highest level of precision and excellence possible.

Founded in 1921 by J. Arthur Turner, Sr. and three associates, TAW began its history of excellence by hiring dedicated service professionals and expert craftsmen in the field of electric motor repair and service. The company has carried this core belief of employing the best, to provide comprehensive repair services through expertise and knowledge. For more information about TAW Power Generation, Power Systems, Power Equipment Centers, Motor Repair and Fabrication, Machining Services and our ongoing culture of innovation, call us today at 813-612-2600 or visit our website,

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