Fuel-flexible gas turbines from MAN Energy Solutions combine high efficiency with low emissions: these pioneering energy supply solutions are an ideal choice for municipal utilities and industrial applications. During the development phase and also in the end product, high-temperature pressure sensors from Kistler deliver valuable real-time data to optimize the combustion process.
The changeover to energy supply solutions that deliver maximum efficiency while protecting the environment is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Resources have to be developed and emissions must be reduced against a background of continuously rising demand for energy. Gas turbines play a key part in tackling this challenge: they offer the ideal solution, especially in situations where both power and heat are required – as is often the case in municipal utilities or industrial settings. And in the future, it will become increasingly possible to operate gas turbines with hydrogen instead of natural gas, giving them a better environmental footprint and more compatibility with the desired energy mix.
More sustainable gas turbines of this sort with very low emission values are developed and manufactured at MAN Energy Solutions (MAN ES) in Oberhausen, Germany. The company's Turbomachinery Division, which is based here, traces its origins to the “Gute Hoffnungshütte” (or GHH) which at one time was Europe's largest machinery and plant construction enterprise: GHH began its iron smelting activities as long ago as 1758. Nowadays, some 1,800 employees at Oberhausen work in the competence centers for gas turbine development and production, and in the firm's extensive testing and service operations. On-site facilities include testing of complete gas turbine-compressor trains – the use of gas turbines to drive compressors (on gas pipelines, for example) is another key application area for this technology.