Siemens is investing 66 million euros (US$86 million) to build a new combustion test center for gas turbines on a 36,000 square meter site near Berlin. "Combustion is the key to even higher efficiency in gas turbines, but there are limits to our ability to simulate it on a computer. Temperatures of 1,500 degrees centigrade and higher make extreme demands on the gas turbine materials," says Roland Fischer, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division within the Siemens Energy Sector.
The projected test center is to commence operation in 2014, about 15 kilometers south of Berlin, in Ludwigsfelde. It is planned to have three cells for investigating combustion processes of burners under real-life operating conditions.
The established center of competence in Berlin Moabit and the recently commissioned production facility in Charlotte, North Carolina in the U.S. form the basis of the global manufacturing, sales and service network for Siemens gas turbines. The significance of the Berlin site is reflected by Siemens' decision to invest more than 70 million euros there in three major modernization programs over the last three years. The company thus expanded and renovated its test facility in Berlin-Moabit, in which fully assembled gas turbines are tested under actual power plant conditions. A new drilling station for gas turbine casing parts has also been installed and a new production shop for gas turbine blades set up.
High-efficiency gas turbines and combined cycle power plants are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the Portfolio totaled about €30 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of ecofriendly technologies. In the same period, our products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.