A major component of the Energy Island Project was completed today when a worker from Skinner Power Systems commissioned Williamson’s new 70kW steam turbine.
John Vogel, a turbine technician, spent four days commissioning the turbine and instructing students in its use.
John Beaudry, director of power plant technology said, “This turbine is a wonderful addition to our program. The training opportunities it provides are boundless because it mimics a utility turbine with full instrumentation, vibration monitoring, and operation. It provides our students broad career opportunities. The installation and commissioning process has already provided our students with much valuable experience.”
Beaudry said Vogel was an excellent technician and mentor to Ray Malick 1W5 and Andrew McHale 1W6, who worked closely with him.
Funding for the purchase of the turbine was provided by the Connelly Foundation, the Dominion Foundation, and the George I. Alden Trust.
Many students have helped with the Energy Island, but especially seniors Mike Flaherty, Jesse Kummerer, Andrew Leach, Tom Lee, Ray Malick, Dannell Roberson, Ricky Smith, Richard Stengel, and junior Andrew McHale.