The Evolution of Highly Efficient Aero-Derivative Gas Turbine Power Plants

February 15th, 2018|

Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC) Power Plants now provide about 30% of America's electric power generation. The GTCC plants are the most efficient "Heat-Engines" ever developed. That is, they convert more heat energy into useful electric power than any other type of heat engine, with efficiencies of up to 64% under ideal test conditions being [...]

Clean Coal Power Plants and Why They Are Important

January 18th, 2018|

A balanced portfolio of fuels is required for cost competitive and reliable power generation. All fuels should be included in a power generation portfolio, including coal. While some may question that coal will remain an important fuel for power generation for decades to come, I see coal as essential to the future of power generation. [...]

Heat Engines that Power Our High-Quality Lives: Did you ever think about the power behind the devices that make our lives so good?

December 12th, 2017|

By Dick Storm This is the second of eight newsletters on energy and thermal power generation. The first one covered energy in America, this one will discuss the most common heat engines that we depend on each day. During my career in power generation I have been enamored with “Heat Engines” and what they do [...]

Energy in America: The Sources of Energy That Power America

November 16th, 2017|

Have you ever thought about where the energy comes from that makes our high quality of life possible? Did you know that about 85% of our energy comes from Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power? Below is a graphic prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy illustrating the fuel sources for electric power generation in the [...]

Condensing Turbine Equipment Put in Place

September 6th, 2017|

Three major components of the Energy Island, a condensing turbine generator, condenser skid, and switch gear, were put in place in Turbine Hall recently with the help of power plant technology students and riggers from Robert Pessagno’s Equipment Transport.   The condensing turbine will provide additional electrical power to the school and provide power plant [...]

Energy Island Update – May 2017

June 12th, 2017|

The creation of Williamson’s Energy Island continues to move forward with some additions taking place soon and others in the near future. The upgrades include: Solar Array A Solar Array was installed on the roof of the Restall Sports Center with the help of power plant technology students during the winter, and will soon [...]

Energy Island Takes Key Step with Installation of Recloser Unit

April 12th, 2016|

A recloser unit, a key component of the Energy Island, was successfully installed on campus recently. Trustee Richard Storm 6W2 said, “This is a big step in the last 20 years of the Energy Island since the idea was first presented in the 1990s at one of our PAC meetings. This is good for the [...]

Storm 6W2 Speaks at the American Boiler Manufacturers Association’s Summer Meeting

August 6th, 2015|

Trustee Richard Storm 6W2 introduced Williamson College of the Trades (still The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in June when the talk was given) and its mission to members of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) during their summer meeting at Hilton Head Island, SC. In his talk, “Planning to Build the Workforce of [...]