Tag: microturbine

Microturbines are touted to become widespread in distributed power and combined heat and power applications. They are one of the most promising technologies for powering hybrid electric vehicles. They range from hand held units producing less than a kilowatt, to commercial sized systems that produce tens or hundreds of kilowatts. Basic principles of microturbine are based on micro combustion.

Great Things Come in Small Packages

Great Things Come in Small Packages

The famous saying “smaller is better” is not necessarily true. A more accurate statement would be that “appropriate scale is better.” This brings us to the use of microturbines and their appropriate applications. Micro turbines are not actually tiny; they are still relatively large and powerful machines. But compared to

Wheels Turning, Blades Spinning

Wheels Turning, Blades Spinning

Every turbine differs in kind (steam or gas), power output, and size (from a small emergency backup generator to behemoth hydro eclectic dam turbines), operations (simple cycle or combined cycle), customers (local or general power grid), manufacturer, location, installation, etc. But the one factor they all have in common is

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

Integrating CHP with Microgrids

While combined heat & power (CHP) may not be appropriate for integration into all microgrids, it definitely does have its place in a lot of them.

CHP systems output heat (or cooling), as well as electricity, primarily as a topping cycle. “The prime mover is typically a reci­procating engine or a turbine,”

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

Selecting a turbine to fit the environment it will operate in is really all about designing the right air filtration system to protect the gas turbine and compressor components. Filtration systems should be adapted to the specific site conditions to provide the best possible protection and optimized engine performance.

There is no “all-in-one” filter. There

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

Gas Turbine Design for Challenging Environments

Selecting a turbine to fit the environment it will operate in is really all about designing the right air filtration system to protect the gas turbine and compressor components. Filtration systems should be adapted to the specific site conditions to provide the best possible protection and optimized engine performance.

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

Microgrid & Microturbine Power Trends

There are interesting developments happening with microgrids these days. Utilities are adding them to stabilize their grids, and communities are developing a peer-to-peer consumer energy trading system to buy and sell electricity generated by their solar systems.

Microgrids have also become the hottest concept as alternatives to the aging utility grid—passing up

Facility Focus: Critical Solutions for Clinical Applications

Facility Focus: Critical Solutions for Clinical Applications

Increasing cost pressures on hospitals due to impacts of health care reform on reimbursements appear to be impacting their energy sources, according to some industry experts. Changes in the economic model and ever-growing demand for reliability and lower emissions mean that distributed generation has a bright future in this space.

Turbine Technology

Turbine Technology

In the world of innovative power technology, turbines hold a unique position. They offer power solutions from as low as 250 kW, to hundreds of megawatts, and unlike reciprocal engines with hundreds of moving parts, a turbine is basically designed with one spinning shaft and a minimal parts count. Also,

Reader Profile:  J.T. Thielman

Reader Profile: J.T. Thielman

Public assembly spaces often entail significant energy usage, and the Huntington Center Arena and the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, OH, are no exception. The convention center is 366,000 square feet, and the new multipurpose $105 million, 8,000-seat arena is 260,000 square feet. With more than 25 years of experience

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