Klaus Riedle (Austria) 2005

An expert in the field of gas-turbine power and responsible for the development of a generation of highly efficient gas turbines, he was awarded the prize for the creation of new high-power gas turbines for combined-cycle steam and gas power plants.

Honorary Professor, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg.

Klaus Riedle was born on August 12, 1941 in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1964 he graduated from the Technical University of Munich.

After graduation and till 1969 he was working as an Assistant Researcher. From 1969 to 1971 he was a Professor of Carnegie University, USA. For a long time Klaus Riedle led the Department of scientific research in the field of high-temperature gas turbines at Siemens comany. The scientist was awarded a title of Honorary Professor of the University of Erlangen, he is holding honorary PhD degrees of Cranfield University and the Moscow Power Eng. Institute.

The scientist started his work in the field of nuclear energy, making contribution to the development of more safe and reliable nuclear power plants. Later he dedicated almost 20 years of his scientific career to thermal power, creating more effective and ecologically safe gas turbines. Under his scientific supervision the last generations of highly efficient gas turbines of Siemens company have been developed, which set the world record. In particular, the latest model of the gas turbine, put into service in 2008-2009, turned up to become the leading one – it allowed gas steam plants to overcome the effectivity threshold – 60%. Many hundreds of these gas turbines operate currently in the world. Klaus Riedle also dealt with the development of units Westingaus W501 FD and W 501G which were used in 1999 as a basis for bringing into operation of the largest machine in the world (60 Hz 501G) at an electric power station in Lake Land, Florida.

Klaus Riedle has written a great number of articles, monographs and patents in the field of energetics. Currently the scientist is a member of VDI-GEU Advisory Board.

In 2005 Klaus Riedle became the Global Energy Prize laureate for development and creation of powerful high-temperature gas turbines for steam and gas power plants.

Scientific activities:

  • Was engaged in developing projects for the units Westingaus W501 FD and W 501G which were used in 1999 as a basis for bringing into operation of the largest machine in the world (60 Hz 501G) at an electric power station in Lake Land, Florida.
  • World leading specialist in the field of gas turbine power engineering.
  • Developed the last generations of highly efficient gas turbines of the Siemens company.
  • Introduced highly advanced monocrystal superalloys, film cooling systems with the help of film layers and thermal isolating coatings for leading and operating blades of power gas turbines.
  • Created advanced high-temperature gas turbines with a great power capacity of Series 8000H.

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