Siemens uses Additive Manufacturing to upgrade 25-year-old gas turbines to enhance performance, operating flexibility and service life.
With close to 100 units already in service since its launch 15 years ago, the Siemens SGT-700 industrial gas turbine is now set to finally make its mark on the Chinese CHP sector with a new project in Guangdong province.
With validation of the first GT36 gas turbine completed in 2017 and new manufacturing ramped up in Genoa, Italy, during 2018, Ansaldo Energia is set to roll out its first commercial use of the new turbine at the H-class Minhang combined cycle power plant in China. It marks a new chapter in the drive for flexibility in thermal power.
GE has introduced its Cross-Fleet Solutions portfolio – a range of capabilities to service and advance the performance and reliability of other original equipment manufacturers’ gas turbines. The first units to be targeted are the SGT-800 and 501F machines.
In general terms, 3D printing allows for tremendous benefits to be achieved in terms of speed, cost, and technology, potentially all of these at the same time. Now the process can be used to produce complex 3D-printed metallic components for serial production.