Enhancing Energy Efficiency: Retrofit of Gas Turbine Air Intakes

Europe's larger combined-cycle power plants are currently navigating rough seas. Low-cost US coal, renewable energy and economic crisis have all combined to slash the average running hours of plants that use gas turbine technology.

In this market, energy operators are focused more on flexibility than the efficiency of their equipment. Nevertheless, there remain a number of smaller gas turbine facilities that are continuing to work baseload.

CHP and district heating plants are still working with more than 5,000 running hours/year and the operators of these plants are definitely interested in energy efficiency.

The main topic that will be discussed in this article is the air intake of a gas turbine (air filtration system) and how it can be improved through the retrofit of existing power plants.

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