H Gas Turbine Combined Cycle Technology and Development Status PUBLIC ACCESS

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James C. Corman

General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY

Paper No. 96-GT-011, pp. V004T10A008; 8 pages
  • ASME 1996 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exhibition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Birmingham, UK, June 10–13, 1996
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7875-0
  • Copyright © 1996 by ASME


A revolutionary step has been taken in the development of the Next Advance in Power Generation Systems — “H” Technology Combined Cycle. This new gas turbine combined cycle system increases thermal performance to the 60% level by increasing gas turbine operating conditions to 2600°F (1430°C) at a pressure ratio of 23 to 1. This represents a significant increase in operating temperature for the gas turbine. However, the potential for single digit NOx levels (based upon 15% O2 in the exhaust) has been retained. The combined effect of performance increase and environmental control is achieved by an innovative closed loop steam cooling system which tightly integrated the gas turbine and steam turbine cycles.

Although a significant advance has been taken in performance, the new power generation system has been configured with a substantial number of proven concepts and technology programs are ongoing to validate the new features. The technical activities which support the introduction of the new turbine system have reached a point in the development cycle where the results are integrated into the design methods. This has permitted the “H” Technology to achieve a design readiness status and the first unit will be under test in late 1997.

Copyright © 1996 by ASME
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