Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

BTH: Electricity Generation and Transmission

From Graces Guide
1899.
1899.
1899.
1942. Arc furnace transformer.
1942. 45,000 kVA 33/11 kV transformer.
1945. Aerojet Air Blast Breaker.
1945. 15,000 kVA Transformers.
May 1945.
July 1945.
September 1945.
December 1945.
1946. Transformer for Hams Hall "B" Sub-Station.
1955.
1957.
1957.


Note: This is a sub-section of BTH

History

1899 Supplied equipment for Middlesbrough Power Station

1904 BTH started making turbines.

1905 BTH made its first turbo-alternator.

Examples of UK Power Stations with BTH Steam Turbine-Generators

PS = Power Station
TA = Turbine Alternator
Dates are approximate commissioning dates.

Bankside Power Station: Two 60 MW TAs (1952-3)

Barking PS: Two 75 MW TAs (mid-1930s). 600-700 psig, 800-850 degF [1]

Barrow-in-Furness PS: One TA

Battersea PS: One 67.2 MW TA

Bowater Mersey Paper Mill: 9 MW TA (1933) [2]

Brimsdown PS: 25 MW TA [3]

Burton upon Trent: One 7.5 MW TA

Carlisle Willow Holme PS: Seven TAs, output 350 kW - 30 MW (1923–30 and 1943–44) [4]

Castle Meads (Glos): Two 20 MW TAs (1940s)

Coventry (Longford) PS: Two 19.25 MW TAs (1928), Three 30.75 MW TAs (mid-1930s)

Deptford East LP PS: Three 20 MW BTH-Brown Boveri, one 25 MW BTH, one 25 MW Richardson-Westgarth-BTH TAs[5]

Deptford West PS: Two 30 MW TAs

Exeter Haven Road PS: One 1 MW TA (c.1920), one 4 MW & one 4.25 MW TA (c.1930) [6]

Ford Motor Co, Dagenham: 30 MW TA (1929). First example to operate at 1200 psi. Two 30 MW TAs (1930s). One 3.75 MW TA [7]

Gravesend PS: One 2 MW, Two 5 MW TAs (1921-1926)

Greenwich Power Station: Two 20 MW TAs, 25 Hz, 1500 rpm [8]. The first was being erected in 1932 [9]

Grove Road PS (London): Three 18.75 MW & two 12 MW

Halifax PS: Three TAs, 7.8 - 12 MW

Ironbridge 'A' PS: Four 50 MW TAs (first commissioned c.1932)

Kearsley 'A' PS: Two 32.25 MW TAs (1929)

Kearsley 'B' PS: Two 51.6 MW TAs (1936/38)

Kearsley 'C' PS: Two 52 MW TAs (1949)

Kingston 'B' PS: Four 30 MW TAs

Kirkstall PS: Two 25 MW (commissioned 1930), one 30 MW (ordered 1935)

Leeds (Whitehall Road) PS: One 10 MW, one 12 MW TA

Longford PS (Coventry): Three 30.75 MW TAs (lated 1930s)

Clayton and Shuttleworth /Lincoln Corporation PS: One 2 MW TA

Neepsend: Two 30 MW TAs (installed 1936 and 1937)

Newton Abbot PS: TA1 & 2 - 1.25 MW ex-Torquay PS (1924), TA3 & 4 - 3.75 MW (1924-6), TA5 - 7.5 MW (1929), TA6 - 7.5 MW (1931), TA7 & 8 - 15 MW (1940s). Source of information here

North Wilford PS (Nottingham): 30 MW TA (c.1936)

Ocker Hill PS (Tipton): Two 34 MW TAs (1940s)

Padiham 'A' PS: One 7.5 MW and one 15.625 MW TAs

Padiham 'B' PS: One 120 MW TA (1962)

Park Pits, Poynton: One 625 kW TA (1926) [10]

Pinkston (Glasgow) PS: 5 MW TA (1914), 10 MW TA (1923?)[11]

Portsmouth HP PS: Four 30 MW TAs (1938 - 1952)

Radcliffe PS (Manchester): Two 1.5 MW (1905), two 10 MW turbine generators (1922). Possibly others between, as ten sets in total had been installed by 1922 [12]

Rishton Paper Mill (Peebles & Co): 1.25 MW pass-out turbine, c.1934 [13]

Rotherham PS: One 30 MW TA (constructed 1917, commissioned 1923). Largest TA made to date

Spondon PS: 30 MW TA [14]

Stourport 'A' PS: LP side: Two 18 MW TAs, each with a 250 kW DC auxiliary generator; one 20 MW TA; HP side: one 35 MW TA; House set: 750 kW TA.

Thanet PS (Kent): One 1 MW, one 2 MW, one 3 MW TA

Thorpe PS (Norwich): 15 MW TA [15]

Thornhill PS: Three 1.5 MW TAs (installed 1902)

Wallasey PS: One 1 MW TA, ex-Sea View PS (c.1920?) [16]

Wandsworth PS: Two 5 MW, one 6 MW TA

Westwood (Wigan) PS: Four 32 MW TAs (1951-53)

Wilford (Notts) PS: Three 12.5 MW, one 20 MW (1925-28), one 30 MW (1935), two 30 MW (1947), one 53 & two 52.5 plus two 2.5 MW house service TAs (1949-50)

Wimbledon PS: One 1 MW, one 1.5 MW TA (c.1920)

Wimbledon (Southern Railway): 12.5 MW TA [17]

Walsall (Birchills) PS: Six 34 MW TAs (commissioned 1949-54)

Worcester PS: One 1.5 MW (1913), one 3 MW & one 7.5 MW TAs (1945)

Main source of information: Wikipedia - coal-fired power stations in England.

Examples of Overseas Power Stations with BTH Steam Turbine-Generators

Ahmedabad Electric Co: Two 3.75 MW TAs (mid 1930s) [18]

Australian Paper Manufacturers Ltd: 3.5 MW TA (late 1930s)

Colenso (South Africa): Colenso 1: One 25 MW; Colenso 2: two 25 MW TAs [19]

Durban, Alice Street PS (South Africa): 3 MW TAs (c.1917) [20]

Costanera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Delray PS (Detroit Edison Co): One TA (late 1930s)[21]

Detroit Edison Co: 10 MW TA. Two cylinders. Ordered 1928. Highest operating steam temperature to date (1000 degF) [22]

Ford Motor Co of Canada: 25 MW TA (ordered in 1938)[23]

Green Street PS, Melbourne: One 1 MW TA

Hex River PS (S Africa): Three 20 MW TAs [24]

Kingston PS (Canberra, Aus): 1.5 MW TAs (1927)[25]

Mufulira Copper Mines Ltd: 14 MW TA (late 1930s)

Pacific Mills Ltd., Ocean Falls, British Columbia: 2.5 MW geared TA

Pretoria City Council PS: 12.5 MW TA (1936)[26]

Russia: During the Second World War BTH supplied forty 500 kW transportable turbine-alternator sets.

Schaebick PS, Interbrabant Co, Belgium: 25 MW TA [27]

Shanghai Power Co - Riverside PS: 22.5 MW TA (1933)[28]

Ultimo PS, NSW Govt Rlys: Two 25 MW 25 Hz TAs, one made in NSW (c.1932) [29]

Examples of Generators for Hydro-Electric Plant

Maragua Development Scheme, East African Power & Lighting Co: Two 2 MW horizontal alternators [30]

Tummel Hydro PS: Two 21.25 MW horizontal alternators [31]

Uhl River Hydro Scheme, Punjab Govt: Four 12 MW alternators, plus transformers with total rating of 168 MVA, driven by Boving and Co water turbines [32] [33]

See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  2. [1] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  3. Rugby Advertiser, 3 July 1931
  4. [2] Wikipedia - Carlisle Power Stations
  5. [3] Wikipedia - Deptford Power Station
  6. [4] AIA Bulletin, Volume 14 Number 1Winter1986p.6, letter from Ray Warburton
  7. Rugby Advertiser, 3 July 1931
  8. [5] London Transport Museum
  9. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  10. [6] Poynton Collieries: Technical Developments and the Main Pits, by David Kitching, 2014
  11. [7] Hidden Glasgow Forums: Re: Power Stations & Electricity Generation in Glasgow. post by 'cell', 15 May 2008
  12. 'Electricity in Manchester 1893-1993, by Roy Frost, 1993, Neil Richardson
  13. [8] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  14. Rugby Advertiser, 3 July 1931
  15. Rugby Advertiser, 3 July 1931
  16. [9] MANWEB Remembered: Reprt on official opening of Wallasey PS, 1928
  17. [10] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  18. [11] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  19. [12] ESKOM website - Colenso Power Station
  20. [13] ESKOM website - Congella Power Station
  21. Rugby Advertiser, 16 December 1938
  22. B.T.H. Reminiscences. Sixty Years of Progress.
  23. Rugby Advertiser, 16 December 1938
  24. [14] ESKOM website - Hex River Power Station
  25. [15] Discovering Mildenhall's Canberra website: Photo: Kingston Power Station. BTH Curtis 1500kW Turbo Alternator. Installed Oct 1927. Bellis and Morcom steam engines in background
  26. [16] The Engineer, 11 Sept 1936
  27. [17] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  28. [18] The Engineer, 5 Jan 1934
  29. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  30. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  31. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  32. Rugby Advertiser - Friday 15 January 1932
  33. [19] The Engineer, 7 Feb 1930, p.173