Two of the most common methods currently being employed for combustion turbine inlet air temperature control are evaporative cooling and mechanical chilling. The former requires significant quantities of water, while the latter has a large parasitic power consumption. This article outlines an emerging technology, absorption refrigeration turbine inlet air conditioning (ARCTIC™) that mitigates both of these issues, while offering precise control over inlet air temperatures. Such control is quite important during peak load periods, when every megawatt can be of enormous value to a power producer. Also of significant importance is that operation of combustion turbines at maximum efficiency minimizes the CO2 footprint of the machines. This aspect has positive implications for power producers wishing to be as green as possible. The ARCTIC process is based on straightforward absorption-refrigeration technology utilizing combustion turbine waste heat, and thus should present the reader with easy-to-understand details.
- Nuclear Engineering Division
- Power Division
Using Combustion Turbine Exhaust Heat for Turbine Inlet Air Chilling
Buecker, B, & Mieckowski, C. "Using Combustion Turbine Exhaust Heat for Turbine Inlet Air Chilling." Proceedings of the 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference. Volume 1: Plant Operations, Maintenance, Engineering, Modifications, Life Cycle, and Balance of Plant; Component Reliability and Materials Issues; Steam Generator Technology Applications and Innovations; Advanced Reactors and Near-Term Deployment; Reactor Physics, Neutronics, and Transport Theory; Nuclear Education, Human Resources, and Public Acceptance. Anaheim, California, USA. July 30–August 3, 2012. pp. 289-293. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE20-POWER2012-54007
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