The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has received an order from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in India, to supply 60 gear units for coal mills. The state-owned, Indian utility company is planning to build and expand several coal-fired power plants. The new gear units will drive the vertical mills which grind the coal in these plants. The Flender gear units from Siemens consist of a bevel gear stage and a planetary gearbox. Their advantage is that higher torques are achieved by distributing the loads, ranging between 19 and 670 kNm, to the planet wheels. “Powerful, reliable drives are a key component in the coal grinding. With the optimal gear ratio, they continuously drive the vertical mills, in which the coal is ground to a very fine grain. BHEL chose the vertical mill gear unit from Siemens because of its very long service life and proven drive design. This is exemplified by over 4,000 worldwide references,” stated Siemens.Bernhard Hoffmann, Head of Drive Applications at the Siemens Mechanical Drives Business Unit in Voerde, said: “With our powerful and reliable drives, we are making a decisive contribution toward the security of supply to Indian coal-fired power plants. By supplying such a large number of gear units at short notice, we are quickly helping our customer, BHEL, to expand power supplies in India.” BHEL, an Indian company, a leading constructor of power plant and energy equipment, is one of the largest enterprises in India, with its headquarters in New Delhi and a workforce of almost 50,000.
MORE THAN 200 groups have banded together to call on the G8 summit to tackle some of the biggest causes of hunger around the world, including land grabs and tax dodging.The ‘If’ coalition, the largest gathering of NGOs since Make Poverty History in 2005, says it wants the G8 leaders meeting in Fermanagh to agree on action on four key issues to ‘fix’ the broken food system and make a serious effort to end hunger around the world.The issues are: Tax: Stop companies dodging taxes in poor countriesLand: Stop poor farmers being forced off their land in land grabs and allow them to grow crops to provide food, not fuel.Aid: Give aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest people have enough food to liveTransparency: Governments and companies must be honest about their role in the food systemThe group is planning a series of events in the run-up to the G8, including a concert in Belfast on 15 June involving bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, an ecumenical service, and a stunt designed to draw attention to the issue once the G8 begins.The G8 summit is an annual meeting of government representatives from the world’s wealthiest countries: the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Canada.The meeting in Fermanagh, which will take place on 17 and 18 June, will be the 39th summit to be held, and the first one to take place in Northern Ireland.Photos: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit >Read: Mobile phone networks could be shut off during G8 due to terror threats > Read: Noonan says US Senate is ‘misleading’ the world on Ireland’s tax rate >