Wed, 28.11.2018

Advancing growth initiatives

Thermamax establishes a new business unit for the insulation of gas and steam turbines

With the newly established Turbine Insulation business unit, Thermamax is offering a comprehensive service package for the insulation of gas and steam turbines in combined cycle power plants.

With the newly established Turbine Insulation business unit, Thermamax is offering a comprehensive service package for the insulation of gas and steam turbines in combined cycle power plants.

By creating the Turbine Insulation business unit in June 2018, Thermamax has expanded its activities in the field of gas and steam turbines to proactively drive the company’s growth - especially in the North American market.

With its insulation systems, Thermamax is already on a successful path in the area of stationary energy production. Now the company is expanding its product portfolio and offering a comprehensive package for gas turbines with an output of up to 560 MW and steam turbines of more than 1 GW. Thermamax plans to tap into the great market potential with this project, especially in the United States, and thereby increase its growth.

To pursue this goal, the Turbine Insulation business unit was founded by Thermamax in Mannheim in early June 2018. The project management and product development are taking place at the headquarters in Germany under the management of Andreas Riedinger. The team from Thermamax, Inc., in the United States will support the project in terms of sales. The newly developed insulation systems will be produced in the United States and installed with local specialists. This will meet the local content requirements of the North American customers. In addition to the custom-fit insulation solution, this new offer focuses on the service and accessibility of the local Thermamax team.

Gas and steam turbines in gas and steam combined cycle power plants (CCGT) ensure a stable and safe power supply. Due to their size, the high temperature conditions of up to 700°C, the strong vibrations and necessity of the shortest possible installation times, they place high demands on the insulation.
The newly introduced offer consists of a sophisticated high-end insulation system that is customized for the respective turbine’s geometry and a comprehensive service package that can be assembled individually according to each customer’s specifications and needs.

Compared to conventional systems, the single-layer insulations from Thermamax offer a much greater insulating performance and service life while reducing the maintenance efforts to a minimum. The service accompanying the product ranges from a site inspection with thermography to the installation of the individually designed insulation system and maintenance, as needed.

This is directed not only at turbine manufacturers but also power plant operators who need to have their aging insulation replaced.

The first successful sale was already booked: Thermamax was contracted to insulate a gas turbine section for a power plant in the United States. On the whole, there is high interest in the Thermamax product and service.

Thermamax, Inc. President Dirk Balthasar is satisfied: “By establishing the Turbine Insulation unit and with the newly developed product and service package we gained access to a new market segment, which means we set an important milestone in the implementation of our growth strategy.”

Find out more about Tmax-Gas Turbine Insulation here.