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Press Release: ETN LM2500 User Group Meeting
On 1-2 June 2016, high-level representatives of LM2500 operator companies from Europe, North and South America and Africa met for the first ETN LM2500 User Group Meeting (UGM) at the Shell Technology Centre in Amsterdam. During the UGM, they exchanged experiences and established a focused dialog with GE and ISPs in order to define and develop solutions to prioritised operational issues/requirements. An overall fleet of 302 engines was represented at the event.
Press Release: EU Sustainable Energy Week event on Micro Gas Turbines
On 15 June 2016, ETN, COGEN, AEBIOM and the Renewable Heating & Cooling Platform, will organise a policy session entitled “Micro-Gas Turbines put a new spin on green energy production” during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). The objective of this session is to highlight and discuss how Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) technology in a system approach can contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy system. The session also aims to raise awareness, present and evaluate current technology development and future opportunities for the reliable and environmentallyfriendly combined generation of heating/cooling and power based on the micro gas turbine (MGT)
technology integrated with solar and biomass energy sources.
Press release: Micro Gas Turbines in European Energy Scenario
ETN has created a working group for Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) technology that includes over 30 organisations from the whole MGT value chain, whose objectives are to explore and identify cooperation opportunities for technology developments. As part of the MGT working group's activities, ETN organised a high level meeting "MGT in the European Energy Scenario" on 18 March 2016 in its offices in Brussels.
Press release: ETN announces a new cooperation with GTUsers.com
Brussels, Belgium - ETN and GTUsers.com have decided to start a new cooperation. As both are user-driven gas turbine organisations, the cooperation is aiming to increase the impact and to making life easier for the gas turbine user community by combining and linking separate activities, which will reduce duplications of work/activities. The objective is to enforce the existing user groups and to increase the flow of information, development needs and requirements from the user community to the ETN platform and the entire value chain.
The Potential of Gas and Carbon Capture and Storage
In December 2013, ETN published a technical briefing paper The Potential of Gas and Carbon Capture and Storage in Meeting the EU's 2050 Energy Goals.
To view the technical briefing paper, please click here.
Progress Towards Implementation of IGCC-CCS in Europe, ICEPAG-10
Christer Björkqvist (ETN) as the coordinator of the H2-IGCC project was invited by the US Department of Energy to speak at the International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG-10), in February 2010 in the USA. ICEPAG is a 3-day event focusing on advanced distributed generation and central plant technologies. Mr Björkqvist presented an overview of IGCC-CCS projects in the EU, including disseminating information about the H2-IGCC project, and also promoted the ETN platform. You can download the extended ETN abstract Progress Towards Implementation of IGCC-CCS in Europe that was presented on the ICEPAG-10.
Press Release: New ETN President, Bernard Quoix of Total
On 27 April 2010 the Annual General Assembly in Amsterdam elected the ETN Board for 2010-2011. Bernard Quoix of Total was elected President by the Board members. Bernard Quoix is currently Head of Rotating Machines Department of TOTAL Exploration and Production. He is in charge of all rotating machines for new projects as well as machines in operation throughout the world. He is the leader of the Rotating Machines Network of TOTAL Corporate Technology Group which includes all rotating equipment engineers from Exploration and Production, Refining and Petrochemicals; and he is also a member of the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Advisory Committee.
ISO Standard on Gas Turbine Safety
The new International Standard on gas turbine safety has been under development for over seven years, originally initiated by EuMIGT (European Manufacturers of Industrial Gas Turbines). The standard was published on 12 February 2009.
The standard grew from concerns over a perceived risk of incidents, and the need for a uniform approach to safety. Desire for the provision of recognised means of compliance with relevant European Directives was also a strong factor in the decision to proceed with the development of the standard.
The standard covers the safety requirements for gas turbine applications using liquid or gaseous fuels and the safety-related control and detection systems and essential auxiliaries for all types of open cycles (simple, combined, regenerative, reheat, etc.) used in onshore and offshore applicationsincluding floating production platforms.
It applies to driven machineryonly where it is an integral part of the gas turbine (e.g. a gearboxintegral to the gas turbine), or is located within the gas turbine enclosure and forms part of the enclosure hazardous area classification (e.g. a generator within the gas turbine enclosure), or where the driven machinery has a direct effect on the operational safety of the gas turbine. It excludes gas turbines used primarily for direct and indirect propulsion, special heat source applicationsand in research and development programmes. It also excludes gas turbines for closed-cycleand semi-closed cycle applications, and compressed air energy storage plants. Where appropriate, it may be used to give
general guidance in such applications.
The standard details the anticipated significant hazards associated with gas turbines and specifies the appropriate preventative measures and processes for mitigation or elimination. It addresses the risks of injury or death to humans and risks to the environment. Equipment damage without risk to humans or
the environmentis excluded.
At the beginning of the standard's development process, very considerable concern was expressed at the restrictions that a prescriptive set of rules would impose on a well established industry with well established procedures. So far as possible, the working group drafted the standard in terms of objectives, often based on risk assessment, and minimised prescriptive clauses except where it was felt that such detail was really necessary to ensure safety, and where agreement could be reached. In this respect, a very high level of agreement was generally reached, beyond the normal level of consensus recommended by ISO.
Risk assessment is increasingly used internationally by safety professionals and in legislation. It has been embedded in ISO 21789 which states that risk assessment is …“the overriding principal that should, where applicable, be applied to all the requirements of this International Standard.‚
The standard deals with every recognised hazard associated with the gas turbine and associated equipment within the limitations of the scope described above. Therefore it deals with mechanical, electrical, noise, thermal, fire, explosion, and environmental hazards etc., including the following:
Crushing, cutting, severing, trapping, entanglement, falling Rotating parts failure Casing failure Contact with live electrical parts Electrostatic, electromagnetic, lightning Thermal radiation, hot & cold burns Asphyxiation Poor ergonomics Vibration, metal fatigue Fire Explosion Control system failures Power supply failure Gravity, seismic, wind effects
The standard is primarily for the use of equipment manufacturers, packagers and suppliers as a means of demonstrating safety for the benefit of purchasers and users. It is not possible to directly include requirements on operation or maintenance in what is essentially a procurement standard such as ISO 21789 since such requirements cannot be verified. However the working group decided that the omission of any such guidance was unacceptable. A substantial section has been included which specifies the minimum information to be included by suppliers in manuals.
It is essential that a procurement standard of this type should contain methods of verification of compliance. This has been achieved in ISO 21789 by means of a detailed four page table which shows verification means against each clause of the standard.
Plans are now in hand to arrange the conversion of the standard into a harmonised European standard as originally planned.
It is to be hoped that the new standard will assist in the improvement of the safety record for new plant and will provide suppliers and users with a benchmark for the review of existing plant.
The standard is available from the ISO website. To view it please click here
Roger Santon, Convenor, ISO TC/192, WG10