Reheat combustion has proven now in over 80 units to be a robust, and highly flexible gas turbine concept for power generation. This paper covers three key topics to explain the intrinsic advantage of reheat combustion to achieve ultra-low emission levels. First, the fundamental kinetic and thermodynamic emission advantage of reheat combustion is discussed analyzing in detail the emission levels of the first and second combustor stages, optimal firing temperatures for minimal emission levels, as well as benchmarking against single-stage combustion concepts. Secondly, the generic operational and fuel flexibility of the reheat system is emphasized, which is based on the presence of two fundamentally different flame stabilization mechanisms, namely flame propagation in the first combustor stage and auto-ignition in the second combustor stage. Finally, the present fleet status is reported by highlighting the latest combustor hardware upgrade and its emission performance.

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