Siemens and E.ON have reached a significant milestone in the area of 3D-printing for the energy sector. The world’s first 3-D printed burner for an SGT-700 gas turbine has been in operation for one year at E.ON’s combined cycle power plant in Philippsthal in the German state of Hessen and the results are impressive.
In 2017, Siemens began printing gas turbine burners using selective laser melting technology and they were the first burners produced by Siemens’ intelligent burner manufacturing (IBUMA) program in Finspång, Sweden.
Working side-by-side, Siemens and E.ON became “co-creators” on this project, realizing benefits on both sides. Siemens is accelerating the development of innovative design and manufacturing technologies and E.ON is benefiting from these innovations at an early stage.
In 2017, Siemens’ 3D-Experts designed and printed the world’s first gas turbine blades and validated them under operating conditions. In the same year, the burners that were later deployed in Philippsthal for E.ON were built in Finspång.