Special considerations must be made for gas turbine enclosures in cold climates. If natural gas turbines experience extreme cold and icing situations, functionality could be impaired to the point of dropping power to thousands of people. In addition to anti-icing systems, which prevent ice from forming on the intake filter systems, operators should also have warm air systems that will keep the turbine generator enclosure warm while being ventilated for start up. Both of these features are essential for applications in cold weather.
We have all heard the term “sick building” referring to an improperly ventilated office building or hotel. But this term applies to industrial facilities as well.
Heating an industrial plant in the winter is more than merely blowing some hot air into your workspace. There are a number of questions to take into consideration:
- What is the inside temperature you want your plant to be?
- Should it be kept just above freezing to keep machinery working properly and water pipes from freezing up or does it need to be warm enough for workers to do their jobs in shirtsleeves for maximum mobility?
- Does the space need to be heated differently at different times of the year?