GE offers flexible fuel solutions with the following advantages:
- The ability to operate on more than 50 different fuels, including crude oil, ethanol, hydrogen, and biodiesel
- Improved power generation performance with less wear and tear on the turbine
- Lower emissions and higher efficiency than comparable technologies
- Continued enhancements to ensure high availability and reliability of GE’s gas turbines
- The flexibility to operate in a variety of application spaces, including refineries, steel mills, and other petrochemical plant facilities
- The capability to operate in a wide range of power applications, such as Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)
How It Works
About 90% of today’s gas turbines operate on high-quality natural gas fuel or imported liquefied natural gas. Some countries have an abundance of raw crude, and produce light distillate or heavy residual fuel oil from refining operations. GE’s gas turbines give owners/operators the ability to utilize low value fuel alternatives.
Treatment systems pre-condition alternative energy resources to meet stringent gas turbine fuel quality requirements. Heating, cleaning, blending and pressurization of the fuel removes most harmful contaminants and pre-conditions the fuel for proper combustion. With heavier liquid crudes and residual oils, additives are applied to inhibit or mitigate the corrosive effects of trace metal contaminants.
For operations with low heating value gas fuel, changes to fuel delivery and distribution systems - typically through enlarged piping and control valves - are implemented to accommodate high volumetric flow. For heavy fuel oil, high pressure air converts liquid fuel into fine spray droplets for efficient combustion.