Duke Energy’s Lincoln Combustion Turbine Station near Denver, NC, is conducting a pilot test of a new generation Siemens Energy gas turbine. “It’s a monster,” said Duke’s VP of project management and construction, meaning it can mean good advances in performance, efficiency, and power over a 30-year life.

Siemens’ turbine goes by SGT6-9000HL, for those of you keeping track. It will supply enough energy for more than 300,000 homes. The unit will also help Duke Energy cut carbon dioxide emissions by 50% by 2030 as Duke Energy closes older, less efficient coal-fired units.

“Duke Energy started construction on its Lincoln expansion project in September 2018. The 16-unit power plant was selected because its 746-acre site allowed room for expansion.” says Power Engineering magazine.

Siemens’ new line of gas turbines can be adapted to burn 30 per cent zero-carbon hydrogen in its fuel mix. ECC has written about the way that hydrogen is going to be a bigger player on clean energy production.

During testing experts will observe how the engine expands and contracts and monitor emissions. Images: Duke Energy and Duke Energy Illumination.

Technology isn’t the only innovation at the Lincoln Combustion Turbine Station. Duke Energy and Siemens have forged a unique team for this unit. Duke Energy provides a real-time testing location. Siemens gets the chance for great data.

Customers benefit, too. “Duke Energy customers will receive the unit’s 402 MW of energy during the four-year testing period while only paying some fuel costs. When testing is completed in 2024, Duke Energy will begin operating the unit,” said Power Engineering Magazine.

Good news for Carolina energy users: Customers benefit, the energy industry explores new generation possibilities, and as a bonus, the turbine was built at Siemens’ plant near Charlotte.

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