As more and more renewable energy sources come online, the need for speed and agility to produce power grows. Changes in weather happen quickly. A sudden decrease in wind or sun can mean traditional power generation must respond just as fast.
This is where aeroderivative turbines bridge the gap to their more powerful counterparts. For example, an aeroderivative turbine can go from start up to full power in as little as 5 minutes. For comparison, a typical medium-speed reciprocating engine can have a ramp rate of about 5 MW/min, whereas the aeroderivative is around 50 MW/min.
How’s that possible? Aeroderivative turbines are essentially grounded jet engines that have been reconfigured to run on natural gas. They can be mounted on a trailer and quickly employed and connected to the grid. This makes them an optimal choice for on-demand power required when renewable generation varies.
And their popularity continues to grow. According to a study by Global Market Insights, the global aero-derivative market is set to exceed $3 billion by 2026, up from $2.3 billion in 2019.