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Improved Plant Performance and Reduced CO2 Emission Through State-of-the-Art Condenser Cleaning and Air In-Leakage Detection

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G. E. Saxon, Jr.

Conco Systems, Inc., Verona, PA

R. E. Putman

Conco Consulting Corporation, Verona, PA

Paper No. IJPGC2003-40179, pp. 173-184; 12 pages
  • International Joint Power Generation Conference collocated with TurboExpo 2003
  • 2003 International Joint Power Generation Conference
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 16–19, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Power Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3692-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3677-0
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Efficient condenser operation is critical to minimizing the operating costs and improving the performance of a turbogenerator unit or power plant. Efficient condenser performance is recognized by an improvement in heat rate and generation capacity, less fuel is consumed and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions can be achieved. Condenser tube fouling, fouled external surfaces of Air-Cooled Condensers (ACC) and condenser air-inleakage have been found to have a significant impact on condenser performance and subsequently plant performance. State-of-the-Art technologies have been developed to effectively remove fouling and deposits from condenser tubes, finned external surfaces of ACC’s and to identify the location of air and water in-leakage into the condenser, providing a longer useful life cycle. In addition, application of these technologies results in improved condenser backpressure, a decrease in plant heat rate and a decrease in yearly fuel consumption. Overall, plant performance is improved and CO2 emissions are reduced. Technology and cases are presented.

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