Siemens has just opened a U.S. facility that will produce what the company is calling the world’s most efficient gas turbines, reports Greentechmedia.
The 340-megawatt H Class turbine (pictured) is over 60 per cent efficient when run in combined-cycle mode and produces 50 per cent less CO2 than any other of Siemens’ previous turbines, the web site reports.
Siemens is already producing a 60 Hz H Class turbine in Germany, but the Charlotte, N.C, plant will begin production of a 50 Hz model – suiting the power frequency used in the U.S. – in 2012, reports Greentechmedia.
Siemens has invested more than $350 million in the 450,000-square-foot Charlotte facility.
Earlier this month, it emerged that a Chinese steel mill use waste gas from its blast furnace and coke oven to generate power using a General Electric 9E gas turbine.
The Handan Iron & Steel Group mill in Handan City, China, will use emissions from iron and steel production to generate cleaner electricity, reducing the mill’s use of fossil fuels and its CO2 emissions. The project will also begin in 2012.