Increasing efficiency

Power plants operate for many thousands of hours per annum. Every improvement in efficiency therefore leads to considerable savings in fuels over the course of a whole year. If implemented in a systematic manner, an increase in efficiency of one tenth of a percentage point can result in savings of billions of euros in practice and reduce consumption of resources by a number of percentage points.

news / 2011-06-08

Scientists at Research Centre Jülich have developed a new test rig for the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce. This will enable gas turbine components to undergo stress tests. The service life of the components and the reason why coatings become detached will be investigated and assessed. Read more

news / 2011-05-19

Ten years after the launch of the publicly funded research programme for the new gas turbine generation, the Irsching 4 power plant with H-class turbines has set a new efficiency world record: in May 2011, engineers from the Siemens technology group measured an efficiency of 60.75% during test operation. With an output of 578 megawatts, the power plant therefore easily surpassed the targeted efficiency benchmark “above 60%”. Read more

news / 2011-03-28

Siemens AG and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) want to demonstrate the practical suitability of high-temperature superconductive technology for generating electricity. With the recently started research project, they are looking to increase the efficiency of generators by 0.5 per cent to 99.5 per cent. That would lead to significant fuel savings in large-scale power plants and therefore also reduce the carbon dioxide emissions. Read more