Trends in Combined Steam-Gas Turbine Power Plants in the U. S. A.

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R. W. Foster-Pegg

Bechtel Corporation, San Francisco, Calif.

J. Eng. Power 88(4), 302-309 (Oct 01, 1966) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3678538 History: Received November 22, 1965; Online January 10, 2012


The combined steam-gas turbine cycle offers reductions in fuel consumption and energy production cost compared to all steam, particularly for the smaller-size plants used in industrial complexes. Currently, combined cycles are restricted to natural gas fuel, which limits their use particularly by utility companies. Their potential is predicted in the event an economic means of operating gas turbines on coal can be found. Extrapolation of the historic trend of gas turbine performance and cost suggests that combined cycles will be able to demonstrate substantial economies for larger power plants in the future.

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