12 May 2007 - 10:45
  • News Code: 104317

The world’s largest and most powerful gas turbine has started its journey to Irsching in Bavaria from Berlin.

The power pack with the designation “SGT5-8000H“, built by Siemens Power Generation (PG) at its manufacturing plant in Huttenstrasse in Berlin, is 13 m long, 5 m high, and weighs over 440 metric tons.

To test the prototype turbine Siemens in cooperation with E.ON is building an experimental power plant in Irsching in the vicinity of Ingolstadt.

The new gas turbine will set benchmarks in terms of output, efficiency, life-cycle costs, emissions and operational flexibility, Siemens said.

Its capacity of 340 MW is approximately equivalent to that of 1100 Porsche 911 automobiles or 13 jumbo jet engines. Following the test phase the gas turbine plant will be extended to form a high-efficiency combined cycle power plant where it will maximize overall plant performance: 530 MW and a maximum efficiency of over 60 percent--the previous best was 58 percent. The two-percent-point higher efficiency will save fuel and at the same time reduce CO2 emissions in Irsching by approximately 40,000 metric tons per annum, the company said.

“The output of this turbine is sufficient to provide electricity for the entire population of a city the size of Hamburg,“ said Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Krueger, head of the Gas Turbines subdivision at PG. Approximately 250 Siemens technicians and engineers worked on this latest development. A further 500 employees were involved in production of the prototype of the new machine. Siemens is investing a total of approximately EUR550 million in machine development, and construction, financing and validation of the power plant. First firing of the new turbine in Irsching is scheduled for November 2007. Following successful trial operation the plant will be taken over by E.ON Kraftwerke in 2011.



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