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The Gas Turbine Plant Berlin – a success story in cutting-edge technology

One site, many competences

High-tech gas turbines from Berlin Moabit are in operation in power plants all around the world. At this traditional location, where turbines have been manufactured for over 110 years, 3,700 employees work in engineering, on the production line, in test centers, and in service.

Ultimate heavy duty

For over 40 years, giant rotating machines have been coming off the production line in Berlin Moabit for operation in simple and combined cycle power plants. Gas turbine components must withstand an aggressive operational environment where they are exposed to extremely high combustion temperatures and large centrifugal forces as well as vibration and transient stress.

Customer-focused quality assurance

The Gas Turbine Plant Berlin has one of the most modern and highest-capacity test beds in the world, which allows test run loads of up to 360 megawatts (MW). Not only prototypes of next-generation gas turbines but also advanced designs of individual gas turbine components can be tested under realistic conditions. By virtue of its independence from the public power grid, the test bed allows shorter test phases and accelerates release of prototypes and advanced gas turbine components for series production and retrofit installation in units that are already in service.

Intensive research with real prospects

One of the outstanding research and development units of the engineering organization is the operation of a test center for gas turbine components at Ludwigsfelde in Brandenburg – the Clean Energy Center. There are experiments conducted with for example burners and gas turbine blades. These are key components, which are important for output, efficiency as well as emissions of a gas turbine. With our tests combustion processes can be analyzed in detail and optimized.

Competency for the future

Before the test series, the gas turbines are comprehensively instrumented, which allows greater quantities of data from more instruments than is necessary for the power plant during normal operation. The various research and development activities overseen by the Gas Turbine Plant Berlin – in the test bed, in the burner test center or during testing at customer’s plant – lay the foundations for developing the gas turbines of the future.