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ORegen Waste Heat Recovery System is First Ecomagination Product from Munich Research Center

Posted on May 27, 2009

The ORegen waste heat recovery system from GE Oil & Gas recently became the first GE ecomagination-certified product to originate from GE’s Global Research Center near Munich, Germany. Ecomagination is GE’s corporate-wide initiative to help customers meet environmental challenges.

GE’s new ORegen waste heat recovery system, coupled with a simple-cycle gas turbine, generates electricity from waste heat while consuming no additional fuel or water and avoiding associated CO2 emissions. According to GE, a gas turbine equipped with the ORegen system operating more than 8500 hours a year, compared to the same turbine operating in a combined-cycle system, generates additional electricity while avoiding the consumption of more than 11 000 cubic meters of water per year— equivalent to more than four Olympic-sized swimming pools. When joined with a GE PGT25 gas turbine, an ORegen unit can provide up to 25% additional power.

In addition to the support of the Munich Global Research Center, the ORegen technology resulted from GE’s partnerships with German universities including the Technical University in Munich and the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg.

“This development effort was designed to help our customers address the challenges of rising fuel costs and the increased demand for more efficient power systems and industrial plants that have less impact on the environment,” said Claudi Santiago, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. “Many industrial processes generate waste energy that passes out of plant stacks into the atmosphere and is lost. Energy recovered from waste heat streams can supply part of the electric power required by a plant, at no additional cost. Therefore, heat recovery offers a great opportunity to conserve by productively using this waste energy to reduce overall plant consumption and simultaneously decrease CO2 emissions,” Santiago added.

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