Siemens commissions $113m gas turbine test centre

Siemens has commissioned its Clean Energy Centre, a new burner test center for gas turbines in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin.

Combustion processes in gas turbines will be examined and validated at the Clean Energy Centre, with the aim of enhancing the efficiency of the Siemens gas turbines and improving their flexibility regarding the use of different liquid and gaseous fuels. Siemens invested a total of around $113m (EUR 100 million) in this new research and development site and the facility is part of the Siemens Berlin gas turbine manufacturing plant location.
The picture shows one of the burners of a Siemens model SGT5-4000F gas turbine.
The Siemens gas turbine portfolio includes models with capacities between 5 to 400 MW The new test centre, which was erected on a site covering 36,000 square meters, will play a key role in the development of new and the modernization of existing gas turbines. There are now several test cells available in Ludwigsfelde in which combustion processes can be analysed and optimized under realistic conditions.

In the course of these tests, various measured variables, such as output, efficiency, emission levels and flame stability are determined. The goal here is to qualify the gas turbines for new fuels so that new applications can be tapped.

Siemens tests the behaviour of burners and gas turbines when burning contaminated gases, low-calorific process gases such as coke oven gas and blast furnace gas, or liquid fuels such as crude oil, naphtha, heavy fuel oil and other condensates produced in the petrochemicals industry.

Christopher Steinwachs, head of the business segment Large Gas Turbines within the Siemens Power and Gas Division said the centre would allow the company to “conduct more intensive research into burner technology independently of external test facilities, which enables us to be even more innovative.”

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