Gas turbine-based power plants are very sensitive to ambient conditions and their output power and efficiency can be decreased significantly with increase in the ambient temperature. Various compressor inlet air cooling systems have been proposed and utilized to reduce inlet air temperature to the system, including evaporative systems e.g. media and fogging, and mechanical cooling systems. In this work, different techniques for compressor inlet air cooling are briefly reviewed. Then, the fogging system employed in the Whitby cogeneration power plant is explained with particular attention to the location of the system installation. A model of the gas turbine-based cogeneration plant is also developed to simulate the Whitby cogeneration power plant. The effects of fogging compressor inlet air cooling system on the performance of the plant are investigated. The results indicate that at an ambient temperature of 30°C and relative humidity of 40% the inlet cooling of as high as 8.4°C is possible which can increase output power to more than 50 MW. Also, it is found that the model can predict the gas turbine exhaust temperature and the plant’s power production with the error level of lower than 0.5% and 3%, respectively.

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