Frame versus Aero: Who Wins in Simple Cycle?

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Posted on August 15, 2017

Across the US power markets, there are needs for new peaking capacity. Some may value peaking differently; however all markets value the main characteristics of a peaking facility: quick start/ramp rate, emissions compliance, flexible operation, and output. Historically, aeroderivative gas turbines have been the benefactor of the peaking market given their characteristics that match the demands. With the advancements in frame machine technology and the projections of low gas prices, the default answer to fulfill peaking market needs may not be so clear cut anymore.

This article found on the Power Engineering website aims to provide a snapshot comparison of frame versus aero gas turbine technology and how these engines have technically evolved over time.