Dual-Fuel Nozzle for Synthetic Gas and Natural Gas


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Dual-Fuel Nozzle for Synthetic Gas and Natural Gas

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Dual-Fuel Nozzle


Energy--United States


A dual-fuel nozzle for conversion of a 15MW Westinghouse 191 (W191) gas turbine to burn low-BTU coal-derived synthetic gas for a proof-of-concept demonstration of a gasifier at Dow Chemical Company's facility in Plaquemine, Louisiana. Dow claimed this conversion was the first of its kind in 1981.

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 color photograph, 1981: Private Collection of Harry L. Jaeger.

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Jaeger, Harry L.

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Digital reproduction of original color photograph, 1981.

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Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Dow Chemical Company, Plaquemine, Louisiana

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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.


“Dual-Fuel Nozzle for Synthetic Gas and Natural Gas,” RICHES, accessed April 13, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7770.