Methanol Combustion in a 26-MW Gas Turbine PUBLIC ACCESS

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W. H. von KleinSmid

Southern California Edison Co., Rosemead, CA

H. Schreiber

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

R. D. Klapatch

United Technologies Corp., Farmington, CT

Paper No. 81-GT-64, pp. V003T10A007; 6 pages
  • ASME 1981 International Gas Turbine Conference and Products Show
  • Volume 3: Heat Transfer; Electric Power
  • Houston, Texas, USA, March 9–12, 1981
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7963-4
  • Copyright © 1981 by ASME


Combustion tests of methanol were conducted on a 26-MW gas turbine for a period of 523 total hours. The methanol fueled gas turbine was operated in tandem with an identical gas turbine fueled with distillate (Jet A). Emissions and performance data were recorded and hot section inspections were carried out on both machines periodically during the test program. A comparison of data recorded during the test program clearly indicates that methanol is a superior fuel for gas turbines.

Copyright © 1981 by ASME
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