MAN Diesel & Turbo is set to launch prototypes of the new gas turbine family into the market, shortly after the development completion. MAN is installing a CHP cogeneration unit at the Rheinberg production plant of Solvin GmbH & Co KG, a joint enterprise of Solvay and BASF. The first of MAN's new 6 MW gas turbines will be used commercially for the plant.
At the Rheinberg production plant, Solvin manufactures chemical products including PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which is used in building construction, consumer products, health and safety equipment and electrical applications.
The new CHP plant is designed to supply 6 MW of electrical and 11 MW of thermal power, enabling Solvin to meet its own electricity requirements in the future, thus reducing its dependence on the public power network.
The new CHP Plant will achieve a fuel efficiency of 80% by utilizing the waste heat of the gas turbine in addition to the efficiency of gas turbine itself of 34% -- a peak value in this output class, thus making a significant contribution to reducing primary energy consumption and emissions.
The new generation of gas turbines from MAN Diesel & Turbo has been developed for industrial use and expands the existing gas turbine portfolio to include the 6 - 8 MW output class. The gas turbines are obtainable both as mechanical drives for compressors, and in configurations for decentralized power generation with or without waste heat utilization.
The primary focus of the new turbines development was not only to optimize fuel utilization with regard to CO2 emissions, operating costs and reducing nitrogen oxide emissions, but also to optimize steam production for CHP cogeneration or process applications through the exhaust gas temperatures of the gas turbine.