Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division

Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division

Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division

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Westinghouse Advanced Energy Systems Division (AESD) was a research and development facility for nonconventional renewable energy systems, in the paradoxically small town of Large in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania . The site is on the east side of Pa. Rte. 51, about south of Pittsburgh. Formally the site of the Westinghouse Astronuclear Laboratory (WANL), Westinghouse Electric Corporation changed the name of the facility, along with its charter, in 1977.

Historical Note: The Large site is that of the former , founded by Jonathan Large (1794–1862), who came to the area as a child in 1797 after the Whiskey Rebellion. The distillery originally produced Monongahela rye whiskey, which was a local favorite. Management of the distillery later passed to Jonathan's son, Henry, who ensured the distillery's success by making "Large Monongahela Rye Whiskey" a national brand. Eventually, the Large Distillery was sold to The National Distillery Company, which retired the Large label but continued to market the whiskey as Old Overholt. The Large distillery eventually ceased operations and the property was sold to a developer who leased it to Westinghouse in the 1950s.

Diverse range of projects

Engineers at AESD designed and built prototype devices such as a heliostat, which was designed to concentrate sunlight (by means of a tracking, flat-mirror assembly) onto a fluid-filled tank mounted on a tower. This hot fluid could then be transferred to the ground and used to produce...
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