When we think of the Toshiba brand, laptops, TV’s and other mass-market consumer electronics come to mind. Yet, this same producer of DVD players and memory sticks also builds and maintains industrial-scale steam turbines and generators used in many thermal, hydroelectric, and nuclear power generating plants worldwide.
Like any complex and expensive mechanical system, steam turbines and generators are designed to last decades but require considerable maintenance to operate for these long lifespans. Of the active hydroelectric plants in the U.S., most of the installed capacity is linked to large projects built between 1930 and 1970. In addition, many undergo significant refurbishment to prolong their operational life. In fact, in the United States alone, the industry has invested at least $6 billion in hydropower plant refurbishments, replacements, and upgrades in the past ten years.
In light of the industry’s preference to invest in extending asset lifecycles instead of building new plants, Toshiba, in 2015, combined their International Power Services Division with Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation, and the steam turbine service group from Westinghouse. The new, US-based organization, Toshiba America Energy Systems (TAES) Corporation, offers a one-stop shop for a broad portfolio of Continue reading