Westinghouse 501F Gas Turbine

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Westinghouse 501F Gas Turbine

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Westinghouse 501F Turbine


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The development of the advanced Westinghouse 501F (W501F) gas turbine began in 1987 as a joint engineering program with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a long-time licensee of Westinghouse. The introductory rating of the 501F was 150MW. The first four units were installed at the Florida Power and Light Company's Repowering Project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and went into commercial operation in 1993.

Originally called the Westinghouse Electric Company, George Westinghouse (1846-1914) founded his manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1886. In 1889, he renamed his business The Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. Westinghouse's primary products include turbines, generators, motors and switchgear related to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity. The company changed its name to Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1945. In 1981, the company began to relocate its division headquarters for the Steam-Turbine Generator Divisions from Pennsylvania (turbines from Lester and generators from Pittsburgh) to Orlando, Florida. The Power Generation Business Unit (PGBU) building was located in The Quadrangle, at 4400 Alafaya Trail. Originally, Westinghouse had purchased a large plot of land for future development that extended westward from Alafaya Trail to Rouse Road. The original headquarters was located on several acres of that land parcel close to Alafaya Trail.

As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation, additional buildings were added to the complex. In 1994, after a major corporate management shuffling and commitment to change from an industrial manufacturing company to primarily a broadcasting/communications company, Westinghouse bought the CBS Network and changed its name to the CBS Corporation. As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation in 1998, additional buildings were added to the Quadrangle.


Original diagram: Gas Turbine World. June 1989: Private Collection of Harry L. Jaeger.


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ca. 1989


Jaeger, Harry L.

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Digital reproduction of original diagram: Gas Turbine World. June 1989.

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Gas Turbine World. June 1989.
Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Florida Power and Light Company's Repowering Project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Originally published by Gas Turbine World.

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Copyright to this resource is held by Gas Turbine World and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Jaeger, Harry L.
Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

"History." Westinghouse Nuclear. http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/About/History.
"Westinghouse Power Generation Booklet." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/6422.




“Westinghouse 501F Gas Turbine.” RICHES of Central Florida accessed February 8, 2023, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7725.



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