March, 2012
No. 437

GE Offers Low Maintenance and Long Life with New Gas Turbine Inlet Filtration Product Engineered for Harsh Environments

 GE announced the availability of its new GE TS1000 coalescer, a gas turbine filtration product that delivers improved plant performance and lower maintenance costs to customers operating power generation facilities in harsh conditions near coastal environments. The new TS 1000 will not need to be replaced as frequently due to its unique media, which allows sand and dust to pass through, therefore not clogging the coalescer. The announcement was made at POWER-GEN Middle East held February 6-8 in Doha, Qatar.

 GE’s TS1000 is cleanable resulting in lower maintenance and longer service life. Exposed to extreme harsh environments in recent tests, this new technology built into the media was able to last 12 months and up to three times longer than some competitor products before requiring cleaning.

 “Battling wet coastal, high-dust environments is very difficult,” said Tim Nicholas, Lead Development Engineer for GE Energy. “Our new TS1000 makes using a coalescer easier while providing key benefits for plants, with lower maintenance costs and better performance for our customers’ gas turbines, even in harsh situations. It also is the first product of its kind to offer such a long life with low maintenance qualities. The TS1000 will not only help protect our customers’ gas turbines and investment, but also will make maintenance much easier than other coalescers they have used previously.”

 Coalescers remove moisture in the air stream, which protects the downstream filters and the turbine. This is essential in environments with high levels of ambient moisture, humidity, rain, fog and mist. Coalescers also can help to remove liquid phase corrosives, reducing the likelihood of reaching the turbine and causing damage.

 Coalescers remove moisture by agglomerating water droplets making them larger and heavier, so that they can drain away rather than continue in the airstream.

 GE’s TS1000 coalescer provides 99 percent efficieniency for water droplets down to 10 microns. A plant can run the turbine much longer than when using coalescers that are more prone to clogging, and when the coalescer does clog with dust, the TS1000 can remain in place again minimizing maintenance efforts and a simple wash with water will restore its coalescing capability. In a recent test, this wash could be repeated for up to 12 months.