Recovery Act - Advanced Technology High Efficiency Low Cost Small Turbine for DG and CHP
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AbstractEfficient and environmentally friendly power generation is a national goal, toward which small gas turbines could contribute: however, to date small gas turbines (300kW to 2,000kW) have played no significant role in power generation due to their relatively poor efficiency and high cost when compared to diesel and gas fueled spark ignition engines. Candent Technologies is developing an innovative, highly efficient, low cost, and multi-fuel, simple cycle gas turbine engine, which so far has demonstrated the potential to provide near diesel efficiency (33%), via testing of a Proof of Concept prototype 550 kW helicopter engine (TRL5), under US Army SBIR program sponsorship, which also demonstrated installed system cost characteristics very competitive with diesels, and in fact superior to spark ignition gas fueled engines. For Phase I, Candent proposes to conduct a study of their current prototype gas turbine engine design and its thermodynamic cycle, in order to determine what changes are necessary to enhance its performance for a power generation role, in particular by utilizing CHP, and including a modified Brayton cycle, with intercoolers and co-generation units, as well as potentially Rankine bottoming cycles (taking advantage of the relatively high exhaust gas temperatures
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