GE Power offers gas turbine performance upgrade using metal Additive Manufacturing

June 25, 2018

June 25, 2018

GE Power offers gas turbine performance upgrade using metal Additive Manufacturing

Metal AM heatshields produced for the MXL2 AMP upgrade (Courtesy GE Power)


GE Power, headquartered in Schenectady, New York, USA, and Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG, Berlin, Germany, have announced the launch of an upgrade for GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines. Marketed as the ‘MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance’ (MXL2 AMP), the new upgrade uses key components manufactured using metal AM.

Using the opportunities for lightweighting and advanced cooling channel integration offered by metal AM, this upgrade is said to be able to significantly elevate the output and efficiency of existing GT13E2 gas turbines. GE Power stated that the performance upgrade is capable of reducing component cooling requirements by up to 25%, increasing turbine output by up to 21 MW in a combined-cycle configuration, achieving additional efficiency up to 1.6% in a combined-cycle configuration, and delivering maintenance intervals of up to 48,000 hours.

These improvements have the potential to save gas plant power producers up to $2 million in fuel annually, while opening up the potential for additional annual revenue of up to $3 million in new power capacity. The upgrade is said to underline GE’s commitment to keeping its mature fleets competitive in the fast-changing energy market.

In December 2017, GE Power announced that its largest gas turbine – the 9HA.02 – had broken efficiency records thanks to a redesign using metal AM. The complex geometries made possible using metal Additive Manufacturing enabled the company to optimise the turbine’s combustion system for better premixing of fuel and air, resulting in a reported 64% efficiency in combined-cycle power plants.

June 25, 2018

About Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine

Metal AM magazine, published quarterly in digital and print formats, is read by a rapidly expanding international audience.

Our audience includes component manufacturers, end-users, materials and equipment suppliers, analysts, researchers and more.

In addition to providing extensive industry news coverage, Metal AM magazine is known for exclusive, in-depth articles and technical reports.

Our focus is the entire metal AM process from design to application.

Each issue is available as an easy-to-navigate digital edition and a high-quality print publication.

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Metal powders in Additive Manufacturing: An exploration of sustainable production, usage and recycling
  • Inside Wayland Additive: How innovation in electron beam PBF is opening new markets for AM
  • An end-to-end production case study: Leveraging data-driven machine learning and autonomous process control in AM
  • Consolidation, competition, and the cost of certification: Insight from New York’s AM Strategies 2024
  • Scandium’s impact on the Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys
  • AM for medical implants: An analysis of the impact of powder reuse in Powder Bed Fusion

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap