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expand its global sales capability and further
build up its supply chain. The investment “gives
us staying power and credibility because all
utilities can be customers,” Kraft says.
Working with the OEMs
Former GE CTO Dr Mark Little recently joined
Powerphase’s board. During his 37 years at
GE, Little served as vice-president of GE’s
power business, in engineering and
management positions in the turbine business
and in business development for the energy
“Powerphase welcomes Dr Little’s
involvement,” says Kraft. “It’s important for us
to advance our strong technical credibility in
the marketplace, and having Dr Little on our
board of directors helps further that goal.”
Rather than competing with the major
gas turbine OEMs, Kraft says Powerphase “has
worked to establish dialogue and partnership.
We’ve received feedback from the OEMs that
they could integrate the Turbophase system
into a power plant better than Powerphase
“To some degree I have to say that they
probably could – they could package it with
all the different types of upgrades to bring
a very compelling value proposition to the
“There are other technologies that involve
injection of, basically, water: for example,
fogging, inlet steam, or wet compression.
Some people have good experiences with
that, but there are a lot of climate-related
limitations, and potentially serious damage
you can cause to the gas turbine if meticulous
protocols are not followed – and even then
there can be serious negative consequences
to the life of the turbine parts.”
When asked if he’s considered selling
the business, Kraft says it “has way too much
potential – we believe it will be a multibillion-
dollar revenue business”.
In the long term, he will say that the
company is “very confdent that we have
enough patents” to retain its market niche
“until 2035-ish – long enough to deploy many
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