GE recently introduced ClearCurrent PRO, a gas turbine inlet filter cartridge that has been field tested and shown to positively affect gas turbine performance, while helping to reduce the effects of turbine degradation. With the release of this inlet filter, which contains PRO (Predictable, Reliable Output) technology, GE’s Air Filtration business has shown that selecting the right filter and monitoring air quality is one of the most important aspects needed to deliver the turbine performance that operators require.
The Air Filtration team monitored the performance of ClearCurrent PRO for the last several years at a variety of worldwide installations, including both coastal and inland sites. The team found that inlet systems installed with ClearCurrent PRO offered improved output, lower heat rates and overall turbine efficiency compared to earlier technologies. Reduced degradation is vital to turbine operators that can potentially see savings on maintenance costs, or more revenue, due to increased power generation.
Over the next five years, GE plans to invest nearly $11 million to improve its facilities that produce the ClearCurrent PRO cartridges. The cartridges are available in both galvanized and stainless steel, and the cartridge filters are compatible with GE’s FlexEfficiency Portfolio. Paul Sennett, product line leader for gas turbine inlet systems at GE said, “Degradation-based maintenance is very important to turbine operators. Our PRO technology can help reduce that degradation.”