Combustion turbines (CTs) have become the stars of most utility generation fleets. They are cleaner and faster to respond than their coal-fired counterparts and have been the technology of choice for new assets over the last 20 years.
However, the increase in generation from renewable assets has created additional opportunities for CTs. Renewable sources
variable output can be nearly instantaneous, creating new demands for system operators. One reflection of this new need is the
emergence of 5 minute dispatch in the energy markets.
This article presents a technology engineered to equip existing CTs with rapid response capability while reclaiming
capacity currently unattainable due to the ambient operating temperatures or altitude of the CTs’ site.