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Upgraded SGT-800

Siemens has released an upgrade to its SGT-800 gas turbine. This provides an output of 53 MW and an electrical efficiency of 39% in simple cycle application. In a 2x1 combined cycle configuration, the power output is 150 MW at a net efficiency of more than 56%. Its dual fuel Dry Low Emission (DLE) systems keeps NOx levels below 15 ppm and CO emissions below 5ppm. This upgraded turbine will be offered in addition to the two current SGT-800 versions with power outputs of 47.5 and 50.5 MW. Contracts for the first six 53 MW units have been signed. They will be delivered in 2016.

The upgraded turbine is based on the full-scale engine validation testing and operational feedback from the 50.5 MW unit. The 53 MW rating has been achieved through: optimized and re-staggered first compressor stages which increase efficiency and mass flow; optimized cooling layout of turbine guide vanes; and adjusted clearances in turbine stage 1 and 2. Minor changes of the machining of four stationary components have been required to exploit the performance tuning potential in the turbine section. No changes have been made to castings or materials and the outlet temperature from the combustor remains the same. All improved components are retrofittable within the existing 50.5 MW series.

Optimized SPPA-T3000

Siemens has launched a new release of its power plant control system. The SPPAT3000 R7.2 focuses on the humanmachine interface (HMI). New functions and simplified operations help control room personnel react reliably to critical situations. It will be part of all Siemens new control solutions and can be integrated or retrofitted to existing control systems. New features in the SPPA-T3000 R7.2 include shift management, condition monitoring of the power plant components and diagnostics tools, alarm displays, classification of messages and alarm indicators.

In addition, the Siemens SPPA-T3000 Cue is the latest release of its instrumentation and control system. Its optimized HMI helps personnel interact with the system efficiently. SPPA-T3000 Cue supplies contextbased and targeted information (cues).

Mag bearing steam

Siemens has produced a steam turbine in the capacity range up to 10 MW that operates almost entirely without lubricants. The bearing systems consist of oil-free, air-cooled, electromagnetic bearings. The valve actuators operate with a minimum oil supply and are controlled via software-controlled electric motors. The trial run of the first turbine equipped with magnetic bearings was successfully completed in Vattenfall’s lignitefired Jänschwalde steam power plant, located in the southeast of the German state of Brandenburg, after which the model SST- 600 steam turbine was officially handed over. The turbine has been running in fullload operation since February 2015, at speeds of up to 5,700 rpm. It is used as a feedwater pump drive.

GE Roots compressor

The company has developed the Roots centrifugal compressor to boost the energy efficiency of industrial air and gas and wastewater applications. The design is said to be more efficient than turbo blowers and fans, and is said to improve energy efficiency by at least 5% for a mediumsize compressor/impeller. Compression energy accounts for up to 60% of entire plant operation costs because of its intensive energy use, making it an obvious target for efficiency savings.

Heat exchanger

Diesta heat exchanger technology for aircooled LNG plants has been developed by GEA Batignolles Technologies Thermiques, Wieland Thermal Solutions, and Technip. Diesta (Dual Internally and Externally Structured Tube for Air-coolers) is a combination of two established technologies for the outside and inside of a tube, the key component of an air-cooler. This technology is said to increase LNG production by 2 to 3%, while taking advantage of compression power savings. The footprint can be reduced 20%.

Crane modernization

As well as designing new cranes, Konecranes can renovate, retool and refit older cranes to help companies wring every last ounce of capability out of their equipment. The process replaces worn parts and adds more modern features such as controls to extend useful life, raise capacity and bring equipment into compliance with OSHA standards.


A typical modernization includes gearing, motors, drums, bearings, shafts, axles, brakes and controls. Modernization reduces the weight of older cranes, as new motors, trolleys, hoists and other components are lighter than original equipment. An engineering assessment evaluates the current condition and provides an estimate of its remaining design life and recommendations for next steps.

First GE 9HA manufactured

After a billion dollar investment plan, GE has manufactured its first 9HA gas turbine at its Belfort Gas Turbine Center of Excellence in France. It will be shipped to Bouchain, France, where Électricité de France (EDF) is developing a new plant. It is scheduled to enter commercial service in mid- to late- 2016 in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region.

GE Measurement and Control’s Control Lifecare is a lifecycle subscription offering to maintain the health of turbine and plant control, generator control and static starter systems. It includes parts availability and replacement, phone technical support, software updates and ControlST upgrades, and an annual visit from a Controls Field Engineer (FE) and ControlsCare Service Manager. It is applicable for use with the Mark VIe, EX2100e and LS2100e.

Particulate matter monitor

Ametek Land has launched the 4650-PM Continuous Dust Monitor to help power plants meet the U.S. EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for particulate matter measurement, which sets limits for coal and oil-fired generation. It is suitable for both PM-CEMS (PMContinuous Emission Monitoring) and PM-CPMS (PM - Continuous Parametric Monitoring System) in dry stacks where condensed water is not present. It has a minimum range of 0-15 mg/m3.

New chillers

Johnson Controls’ YCP-2020 is a containerized Gas Turbine Inlet Air Cooling (GTIAC) solution. The 8,000 kW system comprises York mechanical chillers, chilled and condenser water pumps, electrical starters and a Metasys control system. Its modular design minimizes site space requirements, and allows flexibility in layout. GTIAC is said to enhance power output by up to 30% and efficiency by up to 4 %.

Pressure transmitters

Schneider Electric has introduced Foxboro pressure transmitter “S” series models IDP10S, IGP10S and IAP10S. These two-wire pressure transmitters feature FoxCal technology.

Designed for industries requiring differential, gauge and absolute pressure measurement, the S series eliminates inaccurate sensor selections. The instruments transmit a 4 to 20 mA signal with a superimposed HART smart instrumentation digital signal for remote configuration and monitoring.

Overspeed protection

Overspeed protection is an essential requirement to minimize the risk of failure in the pump speed governing system which can lead to rotor damage. The Sensonics Sentry G3 system has an independent digital signal processor (DSP) for each channel of measurement. It is typical for overspeed protection to use a two out of three (2oo3) channel arrangement to meet spurious trip requirements. This is implemented in G3 by using 3 modules, each with a single DSP channel to maintain channel hardware segregation, and configured with the overspeed algorithm. The rack based system operates on a dual +24V power supply. Response time is less than 20ms.

Gas leak detection

FLIR Systems FLIR GF343 Optical Gas Imaging camera is being used for monitoring leak detection on hydrogen-cooled turbogenerators. Hydrogen-cooled generators are monitored for their hydrogen concentration for safe and efficient operation. Concentrations of hydrogen (4% to 75%) in air can be explosive. Typically, leak detection and repair (LDAR) of the generators is performed during a shutdown. By adding a small concentration of CO2 (< 5%) as a tracer gas, maintenance teams can monitor for leaks during full operation using a FLIR GF343 CO2 Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera.

Prevent cyberattacks

Schneider Electric released its Tricon CX compact safety system for operational integrity, and protection against external threats such as cyberattacks. It is said to be smaller, faster, lighter and more powerful than previous safety systems. Form factor is reduced by 50% and weight by 67%. The performance boost is said to be five times.

High pressure filters

Swift-JB International has announced a line of high pressure T-Type filter assemblies. They have a stainless steel construction and working pressures up to 20,000 psi (1,378 bar). They are intended for extreme environments such as those found in the offshore oil industry and power generation.

The FJV-3 Series high pressure filters use porous metal felt filter elements that employ filter media of thin filaments of non-woven stainless steel. Because it is up to 85% porous, metal felt media provides flow rates up to 20 times higher than those of other media. Random fiber filtration (metal felt) can provide absolute particle retention, longer on-stream time and high dirt-holding capacity for under 60 micron filter elements.

Mobile low NOx boiler

Nationwide Boiler has begun production of a 1,000 HP mobile boiler room. This ASME Section I firetube boiler, manufactured by Superior Boiler Works in Hutchinson, Kansas, is designed at 290 psig with operating pressure capabilities ranging from 100 to 260 psig. System components include a Power Flame low NOx burner set to fire natural gas or oil, ASME spray deaerator and duplex feedwater pumps, ASME blowdown separator, chemical feed system, oil pump, and air compressor. Nationwide Boiler’s motor control center panel (with the Honeywell RM7800 burner management system with annunciator and a Siemens 353 PID loop controller for parallel positioning combustion control) is also included in the rental unit. All equipment will be piped, wired and mounted inside a 53-foot container with three-axle chassis.

Design software

CFturbo Software & Engineering has released a new software version of its conceptual turbomachinery design system. CFturbo 10 can be used to design axial, radial and mixed-flow pumps, blowers, compressors and turbines, as well as for diffusers, stators, return channels and volutes. Direct interfaces to all major standard CAD- and CFD-systems have been extended.

Severe service bearings

Morgan Advanced Materials’ Seals and Bearings business offers axial and radial bearings for severe service conditions. They are mechanically strong at high temperatures, and for applications where conventional lubricants are not effective. They are made from carbon, graphite, or silicon carbon-based materials. They also feature chemical inertness and dimensional stability.

GE Nexus control system

GE Measurement & Control has launched the Nexus control system in North American markets. It is a configurable distributed control system (DCS) that improves unit availability and provides simplified expansion capabilities for steam turbines and balance of plant equipment.

Features include: Flexible configuration done online to avoid excess system outage or shutdown; Input/Output (I/O) communication and power are distributed individually, enabling independent replacement of modules without a complete system shutdown; Integrated HMI software package includes embedded historian and engineering tools.

Historian can be expanded without additional equipment, saving cost and allowing for more analytical capability; and a threelevel system network provides real-time performance with high-speed data exchange between the controller and HMI.

Borescopes with annotation

Users of Hawkeye V2 video borescopes now have the ability to add notations to the still images and video footage they capture. They can now document the date of inspection and the inspector’s notes. The new borescopes also include an adjustable LED light that is 1.45 times brighter than its predecessor. www.gradientlens, com/V2