Catalytic combustion is an ultra low NOx combustion method, so it is expected that this method will be applied to gas turbine combustor. However, it is difficult to develop catalytic combustor because catalytic reliability at high temperature is still insufficient.
To overcome this difficulty, we designed a catalytic combustor in which premixed combustion was combined. By this device, it is possible to obtain combustion gas at a combustion temperature of 1300°C while keeping the catalytic temperature below 1000°C.
After performing preliminary tests using LPG, we designed two types of combustors for natural gas with a capacity equivalent to 1 combustor used in a 20MW–class multi–can type gas turbine. Combustion tests were conducted at atmospheric pressure using natural gas.
As a result, it was confirmed that a combustor in which catalytic combustor segments were arranged alternately with premixing nozzles could achieve low NOx and high combustion efficiency in the range from 1000°C to 1300°C of the combustor exit gas temperature.