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Analysis of increasing efficiency of modern combined cycle power plant: A case study

The paper presents a comprehensive thermodynamic analysis of various gas turbine improvements in a modern combined cycle power plant designed to increase its electrical efficiency. The power plant was analyzed for use in: open air (convection, film and transpiration) cooling without and with cooling air cooler, closed air cooling, closed steam cooling and sequential combustion. The combined cycle power plant is equipped with a 200?MW gas turbine and a subcritical heat recovery steam generator with steam reheating. This article presents the effect of coolant cooling (air) and its use in the steam cycle of the combined cycle power plant. The influence of the higher permissible metal blade temperature in gas turbine on the electric efficiency of the gas turbine as well as the entire combined cycle power plant was also shown. It has also been proven that using industry - known solutions such as steam cooling and sequential combustion, the net electric efficiency of a combined cycle power plant can reach 0.63–0.65.

» Author: Janusz Kotowicz, Mateusz Brz?czek

» Reference: Energy, Volume 153

» Publication Date: 15/06/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [310187].