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HORA is the world's first manufacturer to supply control valves for

More efficiency at 700 degrees Celsius
Increasing efficiency in power plant engineering is a hot topic. This technologically
challenging endeavour of increasing conventional steam temperatures of 600C up
to 700C is the requirement and the goal of the project COMTES700. The
abbreviation stands for "Component Test Facility for a 700C Power Plant". It is
sponsored by the European Union and involves HORA as one of the technology
partners: The power of innovation from Schlo Holte-Stukenbrock.
Raising steam temperature from 600C to 700C and achieving thermal efficiencies
of over 50% is a major step. Increased efficiency of the power plant can be easily
explained with physics. The hotter the steam entering the turbine, the more heat
energy the turbine blade can transform into rotational energy and feed into the
generator. At the same time, it reduces the quantity of coal per kilowatt of generated
electricity and the CO2 emissions. At the present time, coal-fired power plants
around the world currently emit about eight billion tons into the atmosphere every
Extreme challenges for the materials
In contrast to the relatively easy explanation of the effect of higher steam
temperatures, an explanation of the technical implementation is much more difficult.
An increase in temperature from 600C to 700C with a simultaneous increase in the
pressure up to 350bar requires a new class of material. The ones used today cannot
permanently withstand these conditions. New materials for pipes, valves and other
components for power plant engineering are necessary. These new materials have
been developed in the form of new and extremely expensive nickel-based alloys,
which are then processed at HORA for manufacturing power plant control valves
suitable for operation at 700C.
1.8 tonnes of innovation from HORA
We are the first valve manufacturer worldwide to supply control valves featuring
these new parameter extremes in power plant technology. The first of these
components was delivered for tests in 2005. Positive experience with the pilot
projects prompted E.ON to invite the 700C specialists from HORA to design and
test a high pressure bypass valve for large technical applications. The 700C valve
developed by us based on the new, high-performance materials "was a Formula 1
project in power plant engineering", says Franz Hansknecht, head of Production
Innovation at HORA Power Technology. The knowledge and experience from this
technology also enables us to meet the challenges of conventional power plant

A glance at the world of applications of
HORA Power Technology products
Our products can be found wherever fossil-fuel based power plants are required. Whether the
control valves for the LiaYuan power plant in the Chinese province of Jilin or the power plant
park of India's largest energy provider, NTPC: HORA is continuously expanding its market
position as a partner for local and global power plant builders in Asia, Europe and North
America. Here is a small excerpt from our reference list:

National power plants
Power plant Westfalen Germany Coal 588 MW
Power plant Lnen Germany Coal 500 MW
Power plant Boxberg Germany Brown coal (lignite) 2570 MW
Power plant Neurath Germany Brown coal (lignite) 2100 MW
Power plant Irsching Germany Natural gas / heating oil 890 MW

International power plants
Waigaoqiao Phase II China Coal-fired
power plant
2x900 MW super super critical
Waigaoqiao Phase III China Coal-fired
power plant
super super critical
Ying Kou China Coal-fired
power plant
2x600 MW super super critical
Baima China Coal-fired
power plant
1x300 MW Demonstration power plant
Lai Zhou China Coal-fired
power plant
super super critical
China Petrochemical

Suomenoja 2 Finland Combined cycle
plant with
district heat
234 MW
Apgenco India Coal-fired
power plant
2x800 MW
NTPC India
power plant
4x500 MW
Mahagenco India
power plant
2x500 MW
DVC India
power plant
2x500 MW
Lanco Amarkantak India
power plant
2x660 MW
Zignago Power Italy Biomass power
49 MW
Kruger Canada
Biomass power
30 MW
Kruger Canada
Biomass power
30 MW
Surgutskaja Gres-2 Russia Combined cycle
power plant
2x400 MW
Strngns Sweden Refuse
10 MW
Andasol III Spain Solar thermal
power plant
50 MW
Combined cycle
power plant
340 MW
Cogentrix USA
power plant
355 MW
Santee Cooper USA Coal-fired
power plant
600 MW