Last fall GE acquired the Power and Grid businesses of the France based transport and energy infrastructure manufacturer, Alstom. Together the two company’s formed three joint ventures. The first of which is the Grid unit which will be formed from the combined assets of both the companies. The second will be the Renewables unit which will integrate Alstom’s Off-shore Wind business division and its Hydro business unit. The last would be the Global Nuclear and French Steam and will combine Alstom’s manufacturing and servicing of nuclear power facilities’ equipment with the company’s steam turbine equipment in France.
Below are some pictures of the world’s largest wind turbines, steam turbines, massive generators and other advance technology that GE bought, that could generate 30 percent of the world’s power. Can you think of where similar machines are being used here in the U.S.?
The rotor diameter of each Haliade turbine equals to nearly one-and-a-half times the length of a football field, or 150 meters. Image credit: GE Power
Alstom’s Arabelle is the world’s largest turbine. It converts steam produced by boiling water with heat from nuclear reactors into electricity. It delivers 1,550 MW and it has extremely high reliability (99.96 percent). Image credit: GE Power
Alstom’s massive volute pumps cool off a nuclear power plant’s secondary loop. The pumps circulate cold water into the condenser. Image credit: GE Power
Alstom’s GIGATOP generator can produce 800 MW of electricity. Image credit: GE Power
The Itaipu Dam on the Parana River holds a row of 20 huge Alstom water turbine. They supply Brazil with a quarter of its power, and Paraguay with 90 percent of its electricity. In 2008, the turbines generated 94,684 MW, the largest amount of power ever produced by a single dam in a year. Image credit: GE Power