CTOTF's technical coverage extends from the gas line to the electric grid
The Combustion Turbine Operations Technical Forum consistently delivers on its promise to provide coverage of the entire plant at each of the organization's semiannual meetings. At the Spring Turbine Forum, now in session at Virginia's Williamsburg Lodge, the nearly 70 hours of interactive sessions for owner/operators of gas turbines in simple-cycle, combined-cycle, and cogeneration service have taken the plant and asset managers in attendance from the gas transmission line to the plant's connection to the high-voltage grid.
Through Wednesday, attendees have listened to prepared presentations by user colleagues and equipment/services providers, and participated in discussion sessions on commissioning, operation, maintenance, and upgrades for both legacy and F/G-class frame engines manufactured by GE, Siemens, Mitsubishi, and Alstom as well as aeros supplied by GE and Pratt & Whitney.
Fuel supply infrastructure, safety, best practices, heat-recovery steam generators, steam turbines, emissions control, NERC requirements, emissions regulations, water treatment, and pollution control systems have been incorporated into the 17 sessions chaired by members of the CTOTF Leadership Committee led by Bob Kirn of TVA. Control systems, generators, transformers, and high-voltage switchgear are the focus of Thursday's sessions. The short articles identified below offer highlights on subjects of importance to many in the industry unable to attend.