The experimental results from the rig testing of an ultra-low NOx, natural gas-fired combustor for an 800 to 1000 kw gas turbine are presented. The combustor employed lean-premixed combustion to reduce NOx emissions and variable geometry to extend the range over which low emissions were obtained.

Testing was conducted using natural gas and methanol. Testing at combustor pressures up to 6 atmospheres showed that ultra-low NOx emissions could be achieved from full load down to approximately 70% load through the combination of lean-premixed combustion and variable primary zone airflow.

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