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Escalating Energy Needs Driving Installation of Turbine Inlet Cooling Systems for Gas-fired Power Plants

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In LNG liquefaction plants, it is well recognized that an increase in ambient temperature causes fluctuations in the performance of gas turbines. The gas
turbines that are used as compressor drivers directly impact the power output, which can further lead to reduced LNG production and process fluctuations.

In the power generation sector, gas turbine inlet cooling is an established technology that allows liquefaction compressor drivers to perform at a nearly
unvarying power output. Due to the process efficiency and higher product yield associated with turbine inlet cooling systems, the technology is extensively
used by original equipment manufacturers (OEM) of gas turbines and has proven to be safe and reliable in numerous installations worldwide.

Browse the full Global Turbine Inlet Cooling Systems Market Report

Information Technology Sweeps into Power Generation for Added Efficiency

The Niederrad combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Frankfurt, Germany, seeking to find innovative ways for effective power generation and improve current
assets, set to work on improving the existing equipment on site and collaborate with OEMs. As a rule of thumb, for power plants, advancements in control
are related with long-term modifications.

As a first step towards increasing process efficiency, output, and reliability from existing assets, the power plant, which had installed 6B gas turbines,
consulted GE Power Generation Services. The discussion between GE and Mainova, the operator of the Niederrad plant, led to the power plant becoming the
first to receive OpFlex control software technology.

Being an OEM of 6B gas turbines, GE’s complete understanding of the gas turbine’s design has proven to be a safe bet for operational performance of OpFlex.
Combined with the operational knowledge of GE, OpFlex technology has helped deliver broad operational flexibility with significant performance improvement.

Insights into Installation of Turbine Inlet Cooling System in Future

On account of industrialization and rapid urbanization worldwide, surging energy demand is the issue of the times. As such, increased production capacity
is needed to cater to the ever-increasing energy needs.

Whilst construction of new power plants or addition of turbines to existing plants is a solution, it is economically not viable in terms of capital and
time. Thus, installation of turbine inlet cooling systems is the best solution to provide cost-effective power enhancement. This is the most vital factor
driving the turbine inlet cooling systems market.

In terms of technology, inlet fogging is extensively used as a gas turbine cooling solution due to its low operational and maintenance cost.

Inlet fogging works on the mechanism of spraying highly pressurized water droplets through nozzles into the turbines that are connected with inlet air
stream. When the water droplets evaporate, they reduce the inlet air temperature due to the sudden expansion in their volume.

Contrarily, in wet compression systems, a jet of fog is directly sprinkled into the gas turbine to reduce the inlet air temperature. Wet compression, being
a relatively newer technology, is not fully established for optimum performance. Hence, if applied as a complementary technology with other inlet cooling
technologies, it helps maximize output.

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Among the key geographical regions, North America has the majority of wet compression and inlet fogging system providers in the world. As such,
installation of turbine inlet cooling systems and associated services is easy, which makes North America one of the key markets for turbine inlet cooling

Additionally, the shale gas boom in this region has been a reason for increased demand for gas turbines, which in turn is benefitting the turbine inlet
cooling systems market.