Since 1999, PSM has evolved from a leading supplier of technologically advanced aftermarket parts to a comprehensive Gas Turbine services provider providing services worldwide.
Today PSM is a 450-employee strong global service provider to the power generation business, poised for continuing worldwide growth and success teamed with Ansaldo’s impressive resources. Our innovative spirit, validated by over 100 issued patents, can be seen with new product introductions such as the 7F GTOP 3.1 Performance Upgrade Package; the first 25K hour inspection interval SW/MHI 501F combustion system; the Combustion AutoTune Platform; and our FlameSheet™ combustion platform, a paradigm shift in operability that will give our customers unparalleled flexibility in how they operate their turbines. Our LEC-III™ platform, the first ultralow emission combustion system in the world to offer sub-5 ppm oxides of nitrogen (NOx), has now been installed in over 60 gas turbines with 4 out of 5 types (GE 7E, 9E and SW 501B6 & 501D5) using most of the same combustion system.
Our customer focus, speed-to-market, innovation and ability to quickly cross-pollinate successful concepts to multiple OEM platforms differentiates us from every other independent OEM power plant service provider in the world. PSM welcomes you, whether as a customer, employee or supplier, and invites you to join us on our journey as a global leader in the Gas Turbine market.
Where it all started.
PSM’s history with the Power Generation industry started from humble beginnings in Stuart, Florida back in 1999, with a small group of engineers in partnership with a turbine parts re-seller company. The partners had new ideas for research and development of combustion turbines, and their vision and ingenuity, combined with a little luck and an infusion of capital, resulted in PSM’s first key project: relocating, upgrading and commissioning Enron 7E Gas Turbines to the Southeast USA, employing our first generation LEC-I. Leveraging the success of our early Frame 7E projects, PSM quickly grew out of our first business location, and in early 2000, PSM relocated to our current address in the friendly seaside community of Jupiter, FL.
Taking the next step.
Utilizing small business incentives offered by Palm Beach County, the 35 employees of PSM leased 15,000 sq ft of space which today is part of our engineering offices. To execute on additional orders for 7E projects and seeing a real need in the industry for the type of capabilities PSM possessed, the original owners put together a business plan to seek funding for further growth.
PSM’s bright prospects attracted interest from our industry, and in December 2000, Calpine Corporation, today still the largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the US and led by an enterprising CEO named Pete Cartwright, purchased PSM. Their vision: invest in PSM to quickly develop innovative technology solutions to known OEM design issues for Calpine’s rapidly expanding F-class fleet of gas turbines. They also focused on continued advanced combustion development, such as the LEC-III™.
An expanding portfolio.
PSM’s first task, working collaboratively with Calpine’s Turbine Maintenance Group, was to develop the entire hot gas path and combustion replacement components for the 7FA and SW501 in support of a fleet of 90 gas turbines. To meet this objective, PSM traveled the globe developing a supply chain network that supported this aggressive development plan. Some of these key suppliers who began the journey with PSM remain valued partners today, helping PSM develop some of its most innovative designs in the early years; including the 501F Combustion Transition Piece, the 501F Pilot Nozzle and the Stage 1 Hot Gas Path Vanes which were early market differentiators for PSM.
A vision for the future.
In March 2007, PSM was purchased by Alstom, then a global leader in power generation supply and transportation, to lay the foundation for an independent OEM Gas Turbine service business. The vision was to grow PSM into a full service provider – leveraging Alstom’s experience in the global service market. This meant taking PSM’s core offerings on hot gas and combustion parts for 7FA and 501F to a full product portfolio, including compressor and rotor solutions.
Moving beyond a parts-only portfolio and entering into long term service agreements required a full scope offering of services to our customers. One of the first decisions in 2008 was the construction of an additional 30,000 sq. ft. facility on the existing PSM site to build up a state-of-the-art reconditioning facility. The initial ramp-up was strongly supported by Alstom’s reconditioning network with several engineers being exchanged between Birr and Jupiter. As of 2014, well over 800 sets had been delivered from this facility with 180,000 hours worked in the previous year.
Also at this time, the Field Service Group was created to offer full outage service support to both our transactional and LTSA customers, and the Monitoring and Diagnostic center opened to provide 24 hour global support of customer engines. The buildup of these capabilities and offerings enabled PSM to become a leading supplier to gas turbine power plants worldwide.
Worldwide full service provider.
In 2012, PSM became a distinct Product Line within the Alstom Thermal Services organization called Gas Turbine “Other OEM”. Our mission was to scale our concept and accelerate our global growth. By 2014, we had Execution Centers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to allow our customer-facing teams to be local and more responsive. By investing in our own PSM technology, offering parts, performance upgrades, services and agreements that improve the reliability and life cycle costs of our customers’ assets, and with the support of Alstom’s Shaftline services (Generator, Steam Turbine and HRSG), we were able to seamlessly become a full service provider to our customers.
A new beginning.
This success appealed to the Ansaldo Energia Group, a global supplier of turn-key power plants and service solutions, which purchased PSM in February 2016 as part of their shared vision for global growth. Founded in Genoa in 1853, Ansaldo established itself as a leading mechanical engineering company, first working in the railway sector and then manufacturing marine engines until the start of the twentieth century. In the early 1900’s, it entered the power generation sector and built its first electrotechnical production facility, where the company made electrical equipment, dynamos and other products.
Over the years Ansaldo has moved from steam-based power generation plants (from 1912), to gas turbines (from 1992), and full technological independence since 2005. At the present time, Ansaldo Energia is structured around its core business activities of plants, components (gas turbines, steam turbines and generators), service work and nuclear activities (through subsidiary company Ansaldo Nucleare), and is focused on the heavy duty gas turbine business.
Poised for growth.
In teaming up with Ansaldo Energia, PSM’s contributes valued resources, including our 200,000 square foot headquarters in Jupiter, Florida, where we employ more than 150 engineers with extensive experience in the aero, thermal, mechanical and combustion disciplines of gas turbine and military jet engine design, as well as a full staff of reconditioning, manufacturing and repair specialists. We bring over 15 years of experience creating innovative solutions in the power generation business, and a reputation for quality service and support of our customers’ goals. We’re poised for impressive growth and hope you join us in this successful new era!