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With a manufacturing sector worth over £396.6 billion, industrial gas turbines are an essential part of the UK economy. These machines provide electrical energy to the machines that operate in this sector as well as many other industries across the nation.
But what exactly are these turbines? What do they do? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and to learn some of the main benefits of using these machines to power your industrial plant.
The Complexity of Industrial Gas Turbines
You likely already know how a turbine generally works to create electrical energy. What you may not know is the way that three sections- the compressor, combustion system, and main turbine- work together. This complex structure can be applied to a multitude of applications that it would be unable to work with if it were not so intricate.
The turbine could not spin without the combustion engine and the compressor. Because of this, it's critical that you understand a turbine's inner workings beginning from air being drawn into it.
A compressor initially draws air into the engine. It then pressurises this air and sends it to the combustion chamber that sits within the heart of the generator. The air moves at incredibly high speeds- over a hundred miles per hour- as it enters the combustion system.
The Combustion System
This combustion engine system is the second key part of the industrial turbine. It's made up of multiple fuel injectors in a circular shape. These injectors put a steady stream of fuel into the combustion chamber with the pressurised air, mixing it together.
Similar to a car engine, a combustion engine burns the air/fuel mixture at extremely high temperatures. Because the machine is so large, it burns at over 1093° celsius. This creates a high-pressure gas stream that enters the turbine section of the generator and expands throughout it.
Finally, the turbine that you already know about comes into play. This turbine itself is a complex array of multiple parts. The most important is the set of aerofoil-section rotating blades.
These blades drive compressors to get more pressurised air into the combustion section. This ultimately spins the generator so that electrical output can be created.
Gas Turbine Applications
Since they have anywhere between 748-37,285 KW of power, industrial gas turbine engines have a multitude of applications.
They often are connected from power plants to manufacturing facilities to power heavy machinery. These machines can then generate many parts that are used in many industries. Some markets that make use of manufacturing plants include lighting, automotive, and gas pumping.
One of the most common industrial generator applications is driving compressors that pump natural gas through pipelines. It then distributes natural gas to residents, commercial establishments, and local industrial plants so that they can function properly.
Another common application is oil refinement. Pressurised air accumulates carbon and is then passed over a catalyst that burns it off. The hot cases then make a turbine move without the need for a combustion chamber and operate pumps on drilling sites.
The Benefits of Compact Turbines for Industrial Use
Before we dive into the benefits of natural gas turbines, it's important that we differentiate the many varieties of turbines from one another. These machines come in all shapes and sizes, but some run far more efficiently than others.
Compact turbines are generally the best option for most applications since they have a modular construction designed to utilise a multitude of fuels. The Aurelia A400 Gas Turbine is by far the best option because of its >40% electrical efficiency. It can use liquid/gas fuels as well as biodiesel, biogas, and even synthetic and recovered gas options.
Modular Design and Remote Monitoring
When you get a compact Aurelia A400 turbine, you get a modular design that allows for versatile functionality. You can monitor it remotely via HMI systems and give it hardware and software system upgrades from afar. You can also use turbine controllers to run efficiently no matter where you are.
No Wear and Tear
Because of the high-quality blades, the Aurelia A400 doesn't create any friction that wears them down. The blades are extremely efficient and run in such a way that they never rub up against each other. This means that there will be no wear even if you don't use a lubricant.
This also contributes to the longevity of the blades. You won't need to replace your turbine (or the parts that make it run) frequently. This ultimately saves you time, money, and maintenance fees.
Infrequent Maintenance and Low Downtime
Many industrial facilities struggle with downtime when machines stop working. This can greatly impact productivity, so it's critical that you have a turbine that doesn't have a lot of wear, tear, or friction. Maintenance should be infrequent and downtime should therefore be minimal.
Luckily, when you do need maintenance, it's easy to call in the pros. Servicing and repair are made easy when you consult with experts who have the necessary tools and knowledge to fix and optimise your turbine. You'll never need to worry about inefficiency and downtime because upgrades are as simple as reaching out.
Now that you know all about industrial gas turbines and their many applications, it's time to get started. Contact Greenray with any lingering questions that you have about the most efficient small gas turbine in the world.
Our experts are happy to help you with the installation and maintenance of your power generation station. We're committed to ensuring that you have the most efficient and eco-friendly generator possible, so we look forward to hearing from you soon.