Ansaldo has achieved what it sees as a major landmark with the official unveiling on 17 November of the first GT36 gas turbine made entirely in the company’s own factory, its Genoa plant. The GT36 is currently the most powerful machine in the company's product portfolio and the most powerful working turbine ever built in Italy.
The GT36 turbine, built for Edison, will power the Porto Marghera combined cycle plant, which will then achieve a capacity rating of 780 MWe and an energy efficiency of 63%, the highest made available today by technology, with a reduction of specific carbon dioxid emissions by 40% compared to the average of the current Italian thermoelectric park, and of NOX by over 70%. When fully operational, it will be the most efficient thermoelectric plant in Europe, says Ansaldo.
The project, including the R&D process, unfolded over seven years, with a commitment of more than 3.7 million hours worked. Nicknamed "Monte Bianco" (Mont Blanc) as the European summit for power, this turbine, in the 50Hz version presented today, reaches 538 MWe (ISO conditions).
Giuseppe Marino, CEO of Ansaldo Energia, commented. "All the work for the construction of this turbine took place in a difficult period of time, due to the limitations imposed by Covid: nevertheless, in maximum safety, Ansaldo Energia staff worked tirelessly to guarantee that the Edison turbine could be delivered in due time. A truly performing machine which, thanks to its innovative technology, high efficiency combined with high operational flexibility, represents our best business card [as prominent players] of the energy transition.”