The Role of Gas Turbines in supporting a Low Carbon future
Marc G. Vignal, Solar Turbines, Belgium

With the rapid deployment of renewables and the very ambitious decarbonization strategies being rolled out in developed nations and international corporations, having proven energy solutions that are capable to manage a wide range of fuels to support customer operations are critical for success.  Gas turbines (GT) have a critical role to play in the future energy mix, especially when combined with other forms of technology to ensure energy security and grid resiliency for populations throughout the world. While gas turbine power generation is a mature technology, it has a clear role in power generation using current fuels, it will support the transition to blends with renewable fuels and will even be able to operate with fully renewable fuels. In addition, combined with technologies to enhance the efficiency of the complete system like bottoming cycles and cogeneration to make the most of the exhaust heat, the complete system efficiency becomes extremely competitive.  The next stage for GT driven power generation is enabled by the latest digital technologies of remote monitoring and diagnostics to ensure peak equipment operation at the highest possible efficiency while ensuring the equipment is maintained only when required (condition-based maintenance versus time-based maintenance). By implementing latest generation digital solutions, we can improve the overall economic cost of operation of this plant, while ensuring to minimize the overall emissions profile of the unit and supporting the transition to renewable fuels.  The analysis will provide two (2) short case studies that demonstrate the benefits of enhancing current gas turbine operations through complementary systems to increase overall efficiency, improving availability and reliability, while ensuring the lowest cost of operation.

Key dates

Registration deadline

20 September 2021 (12:00 BST)

Organised by the IOP Combustion Group and IMechE