RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Coal, Biomass, and Alternative Fuels

A Small Scale Biomass Fueled Gas Turbine Engine

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J. D. Craig

Cratech, Inc., P.O. Box 70, Tahoka, TX 79373

C. R. Purvis

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 121(1), 64-67 (Jan 01, 1999) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816313 History: Received April 01, 1998; Online November 19, 2007


A new generation of small scale (less than 20 MWe) biomass fueled, power plants are being developed based on a gas turbine (Brayton cycle) prime mover. These power plants are expected to increase the efficiency and lower the cost of generating power from fuels such as wood. The new power plants are also expected to economically utilize annual plant growth materials (such as rice hulls, cotton gin trash, nut shells, and various straws, grasses, and animal manures) that are not normally considered as fuel for power plants. This paper summarizes the new power generation concept with emphasis on the engineering challenges presented by the gas turbine component.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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