Patents by Inventor Christoph Ruchti

Christoph Ruchti has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 9890665
    Abstract: A power plant (1) that includes at least one of a gas turbine (GT), a steam turbine (ST) with a water-steam cycle, and a heat recovery steam generator (B) operatively connected to a heat generating member such as solar energy system (Ssolar) by means of a primary circuit (10a, 10b, 10c) and a secondary circuit system (20a). The primary heat transfer circuit (10a, 10b) includes solar heating system (Ssolar) configured to heat a primary fluid (10), and the secondary circuit (20a) comprises a flow line (20A) for a secondary flow (20) and a main heat exchanger (23) to exchange heat between the secondary water flow and a gas turbine inlet air flow (2). A first line (10B) in the primary circuit (10b) leads to a first heat exchanger (12) to heat the water flow in the secondary circuit (20a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: General Electric Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Carroni, Christoph Ruchti, Joerg Dietzmann
  • Patent number: 9518731
    Abstract: A heat recovery steam generator that includes a first steam drum for receiving a flow of water and steam from an evaporator. The first steam drum is adapted to provide the flow of water and steam to a second steam drum. The second steam drum is in fluid communication with the first steam drum and receives the flow of water and steam from the first steam drum and separates steam from the flow of water and steam to form a separated steam. There is a steam flow outlet positioned in the second steam drum, the steam flow outlet adapted to release the separated steam from the second steam drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY GMBH
    Inventors: Donald W. Bairley, Wesley P. Bauver, II, Francois Droux, Alan C. Hazelton, Ian J. Perrin, Christoph Ruchti, Falk Ruecker, Glenn T. Selby
  • Publication number: 20160281543
    Abstract: The invention relates a combined cycle power plant with a gas turbine, a shaft connecting a compressor to a turbine, and a first generator, a heat recovery steam generator fluidly connected to the exhaust of the gas turbine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Publication date: September 29, 2016
    Inventors: Raimond Arnold, Christoph Ruchti, Glenn T. Selby
  • Patent number: 9181872
    Abstract: A power plant includes a first gas turbine engine, a second gas turbine engine, a flue gas duct, a CO2 capture system for treating flue gases from the second gas turbine engine and an exhaust system. It additionally includes at least one among a direct connection between the first gas turbine engine and the exhaust system, and a damper for on-line regulating the flue gases flow through it, a direct connection between the first gas turbine engine and the CO2 capture system, and a damper for regulating the flue gases flow through it, a supply of fresh oxygen containing fluid for the second gas turbine engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Hongtao Li, Alexander Zagorskiy, Jürgen Hoffmann, Francois Droux, Christoph Ruchti
  • Publication number: 20150226092
    Abstract: A method for operating a combined cycle power plant is disclosed, which has a gas turbine installation and a water-steam cycle connected to the gas turbine installation by a waste heat steam generator and has at least one steam turbine, the gas turbine installation includes a compressor, a combustion chamber, and a turbine. To cool the turbine, air compressed at the compressor is removed, cooled in at least one cooler flowed through by water, thus generating steam, and introduced into the turbine. At least with the gas turbine installation running, prior to or during the start-up of the water-steam cycle, waste heat, which is contained in the steam generated in the at least one cooler, is used to good effect for pre-heating the installation inside the combined cycle power plant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2015
    Publication date: August 13, 2015
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Stefan Eduard BROESAMLE, Christoph RUCHTI
  • Patent number: 9046037
    Abstract: A method for operating a combined cycle power plant is disclosed, which has a gas turbine installation and a water-steam cycle connected to the gas turbine installation by a waste heat steam generator and has at least one steam turbine, the gas turbine installation includes a compressor, a combustion chamber, and a turbine. To cool the turbine, air compressed at the compressor is removed, cooled in at least one cooler flowed through by water, thus generating steam, and introduced into the turbine. At least with the gas turbine installation running, prior to or during the start-up of the water-steam cycle, waste heat, which is contained in the steam generated in the at least one cooler, is used to good effect for pre-heating the installation inside the combined cycle power plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD.
    Inventors: Stefan Eduard Broesamle, Christoph Ruchti
  • Publication number: 20150007577
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combined cycle power plant including a gas turbine the exhaust gas outlet of which is connected to a heat recovery steam generator, which is part of a water/steam cycle, whereby, for having a large power reserve and at the same time a higher design performance when operated at base load, the gas turbine is designed with a steam injection capability for power augmentation. For having a large power reserve at improved and optimized design performance when the plant is being operated at base load, the gas turbine includes at least one combustor, and a compressor for providing cooling air for that gas turbine, which is extracted from the compressor and cooled down in at least one cooling air cooler. The steam for steam injection is generated in said cooling air cooler, whereby said steam is injected into an air side inlet or outlet of said cooling air cooler and/or directly into said at least one combustor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Hongtao LI, Tjiptady Nugroho, Christoph Ruchti, Camille Pedretti
  • Publication number: 20130327051
    Abstract: A power plant (1) that includes at least one of a gas turbine (GT), a steam turbine (ST) with a water-steam cycle, and a heat recovery steam generator (B) operatively connected to a heat generating member such as solar energy system (Ssolar) by means of a primary circuit (10a, 10b, 10c) and a secondary circuit system (20a). The primary heat transfer circuit (10a, 10b) includes solar heating system (Ssolar) configured to heat a primary fluid (10), and the secondary circuit (20a) comprises a flow line (20A) for a secondary flow (20) and a main heat exchanger (23) to exchange heat between the secondary water flow and a gas turbine inlet air flow (2). A first line (10B) in the primary circuit (10b) leads to a first heat exchanger (12) to heat the water flow in the secondary circuit (20a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Carroni, Christoph Ruchti, Joerg Dietzmann
  • Publication number: 20130312386
    Abstract: A combined cycle power plant includes a CO2 capture system operatively integrated with a liquefied natural gas LNG regasification system, where cold energy from the regasification process is used for cooling processes within the CO2 capture system or processes associated with it. These cooling systems include systems for cooling lean or rich absorption solutions for the CO2 capture or the cooling of flue gas. The LNG regasification system is arranged in one or more heat exchange stages having and one or more cold storage units. The power plant with CO2 capture can be operated at improved overall efficiencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Manfred WIRSUM, Christoph RUCHTI, Hongtao LI, François DROUX, Frederic Zenon KOZAK, Alexander ZAGORSKIY
  • Publication number: 20130269346
    Abstract: A combined cycle power plant with a gas turbine, steam turbine, and first HRSG comprises a CO2 capture plant for the at least partial capture of CO2 from the exhaust gases from the gas turbine. It comprises in particular a second HRSG or boiler arranged to receive a portion of the exhaust gases and transfer its heat to steam and feedwater. Steam generated in the second HRSG or boiler is used for the operation of the CO2 capture plant and/or to operate a steam turbine that drives a generator and optionally a CO2 compressor. The power plant according to the invention allows for greater flexibility in power plant part load control and power plant efficiency. A method to operate the power plant is also claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Hongtao Li, Francois Droux, Christoph Ruchti, Karl Reyser
  • Patent number: 8516787
    Abstract: A method involves operating a combined-cycle power plant (10), which has a gas turbine (11) with a compressor (12) and a turbine (13), a heat recovery steam generator (17) which is connected downstream to the gas turbine (11) and is for producing steam in a water/steam cycle, and also at least one once-through cooler (21), through which flows compressed air which is compressed in the compressor (12) and intended for cooling the gas turbine (11), and, cooling down, converts feed-water (24) which is fed from the heat recovery steam generator (17) into steam, and discharges the steam to the heat recovery steam generator (17). The combined-cycle power plant is switched between a first operating mode, in which only the gas turbine cycle is used for power generation, and a second operating mode, in which the gas turbine cycle and the water/steam cycle are used for power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Gijsbertus Oomens, Christoph Ruchti, Francois Droux
  • Patent number: 8408006
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a combined cycle power plant including a CO2 capture system and flue gas recirculation system. The method includes controlling a flue gas recirculation rate and a re-cooling temperature of the recirculated flue gases, depending on load, to optimize the overall plant efficiency including the CO2 capture system. Also provided is a combined cycle power plant including a CO2 capture system and flue gas recirculation system. The plant being configured to carry out a method in which a flue gas recirculation rate and a re-cooling temperature of recirculated flue gases is controlled depending on load to optimize the overall plant efficiency including the CO2 capture system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Hongtao Li, Jurgen Hoffmann, Holger Nagel, Francois Droux, Celine Mahieux, Christoph Ruchti, Manfred Wirsum
  • Publication number: 20120240871
    Abstract: A heat recovery steam generator that includes a first steam drum for receiving a flow of water and steam from an evaporator. The first steam drum is adapted to provide the flow of water and steam to a second steam drum. The second steam drum is in fluid communication with the first steam drum and receives the flow of water and steam from the first steam drum and separates steam from the flow of water and steam to form a separated steam. There is a steam flow outlet positioned in the second steam drum, the steam flow outlet adapted to release the separated steam from the second steam drum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Applicant: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Donald W. Bairley, Wesley P. Bauver, II, Francois Droux, Alan C. Hazelton, Ian J. Perrin, Christoph Ruchti, Falk Ruecker, Glenn T. Selby
  • Publication number: 20120167546
    Abstract: A method involves operating a combined-cycle power plant (10), which has a gas turbine (11) with a compressor (12) and a turbine (13), a heat recovery steam generator (17) which is connected downstream to the gas turbine (11) and is for producing steam in a water/steam cycle, and also at least one once-through cooler (21), through which flows compressed air which is compressed in the compressor (12) and intended for cooling the gas turbine (11), and, cooling down, converts feed-water (24) which is fed from the heat recovery steam generator (17) into steam, and discharges the steam to the heat recovery steam generator (17). The combined-cycle power plant is switched between a first operating mode, in which only the gas turbine cycle is used for power generation, and a second operating mode, in which the gas turbine cycle and the water/steam cycle are used for power generation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventors: Gijsbertus Oomens, Christoph RUCHTI, Francois DROUX
  • Patent number: 8146366
    Abstract: A method involved operating a combined-cycle power plant (10), which has a gas turbine (11) with a compressor (12) and a turbine (13), a heat recovery steam generator (17) which is connected downstream to the gas turbine (11) and is for producing steam in a water/steam cycle, and also at least one once-through cooler (21), through which flows compressed air which is compressed in the compressor (12) and intended for cooling the gas turbine (11), and, cooling down, converts feed-water (24) which is fed from the heat recovery steam generator (17) into steam, and discharges the steam to the heat recovery steam generator (17). Making the operation more flexible is achieved, without lowering the load of the gas turbine (11), by the combined-cycle power plant (10) being switched between a first operating mode, in which only the gas turbine cycle is used for power generation, and a second operating mode, in which the gas turbine cycle and the water/steam cycle are used for power generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Gijsbertus Oomens, Christoph Ruchti, François Droux
  • Publication number: 20110302922
    Abstract: A method is provided for operating a combined cycle power plant including a CO2 capture system and flue gas recirculation system. The method includes controlling a flue gas recirculation rate and a re-cooling temperature of the recirculated flue gases, depending on load, to optimize the overall plant efficiency including the CO2 capture system. Also provided is a combined cycle power plant including a CO2 capture system and flue gas recirculation system. The plant being configured to carry out a method in which a flue gas recirculation rate and a re-cooling temperature of recirculated flue gases is controlled depending on load to optimize the overall plant efficiency including the CO2 capture system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: ALSTOM TECHNOLOGY LTD
    Inventors: Hongtao LI, Jürgen HOFFMANN, Holger NAGEL, Francois DROUX, Celine MAHIEUX, Christoph RUCHTI, Manfred WIRSUM
  • Publication number: 20110174240
    Abstract: A method of controlling stress in a boiler pressure vessel comprises limiting the diameter of a drum (10) of the boiler pressure vessel and preheating at least a portion of the wall (12) of the drum (10). Limiting the diameter of the drum (10) allows pressure in the drum (10) to be increased for a given mechanical stress. Furthermore, preheating the wall (12) of the drum (10) reduces peak thermally induced stresses in a material from which the drum (10) is fabricated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventors: Donald W. Bairley, Wesley P. Bauver, II, Francois Droux, Ian J. Perrin, Christoph Ruchti, Falk Ruecker, Glenn T. Selby
  • Patent number: 7958853
    Abstract: A steam generator has a pressure casing formed in the shape of a drum. The longitudinal axis of this pressure casing is oriented horizontally or largely horizontally. A hollow tube (1) is formed in such a way that at least two hollow tube sections (1?) are provided, preferably a plurality of hollow tube sections which extend predominantly parallel to each other, and which are arranged in stack-form vertically or vertically offset above each other, and which in each case are interconnected in pairs at an end section, wherein this hollow tube is located in the vertical direction above the feed section (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: ALSTOM Technology Ltd.
    Inventor: Christoph Ruchti
  • Publication number: 20090064656
    Abstract: A method involved operating a combined-cycle power plant (10), which has a gas turbine (11) with a compressor (12) and a turbine (13), a heat recovery steam generator (17) which is connected downstream to the gas turbine (11) and is for producing steam in a water/steam cycle, and also at least one once-through cooler (21), through which flows compressed air which is compressed in the compressor (12) and intended for cooling the gas turbine (11), and, cooling down, converts feed-water (24) which is fed from the heat recovery steam generator (17) into steam, and discharges the steam to the heat recovery steam generator (17). Making the operation more flexible is achieved, without lowering the load of the gas turbine (11), by the combined-cycle power plant (10) being switched between a first operating mode, in which only the gas turbine cycle is used for power generation, and a second operating mode, in which the gas turbine cycle and the water/steam cycle are used for power generation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Gijsbertus Oomens, Christoph Ruchti, Francois Droux
  • Publication number: 20070227469
    Abstract: A steam generator has a pressure casing formed in the shape of a drum. The longitudinal axis of this pressure casing is oriented horizontally or largely horizontally. A hollow tube (1) is formed in such a way that at least two hollow tube sections (1?) are provided, preferably a plurality of hollow tube sections which extend predominantly parallel to each other, and which are arranged in stack-form vertically or vertically offset above each other, and which in each case are interconnected in pairs at an end section, wherein this hollow tube is located in the vertical direction above the feed section (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Christoph Ruchti