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Essentials of Natural Gas Microturbines

1st Edition

By Valentin A. Boicea

CRC Press

270 pages | 133 B/W Illus.

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Addressing a field which, until now, has not been sufficiently investigated, Essentials of Natural Gas Microturbines thoroughly examines several natural gas microturbine technologies suitable not only for distributed generation but also for the automotive industry. An invaluable resource for power systems, electrical, and computer science engineers as well as operations researchers, microturbine operators, policy makers, and other industry professionals, the book:

  • Explains the importance of natural gas microturbines and their use in distributed energy resource (DER) systems
  • Discusses the history, development, design, and operation of gas microturbines
  • Introduces the Evolutionary Algorithm for pollutant emissions and fuel consumption minimization
  • Analyzes the power electronics for grid connection of natural gas microturbines
  • Includes actual power quality measurements—graphical representations and numerical data—from a real system
  • Contains 39 color figures

Readers benefit from the clarity and practicality of Essentials of Natural Gas Microturbines, ultimately learning new techniques to increase electrical load efficiency, keep the environment cleaner, and improve equipment exploitation based on mathematical results.


"This book gives a comprehensive treatment of the most important features regarding practical construction details and the control system strategies adopted by micro gas turbines fuelled by natural gas."

— Daniele Cocco, Department of Mechanical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy

Table of Contents

The Gas Turbines and the Automotive Industry

The Fuel Control System for a Gas Turbine Engine Developed by Rover

The Fuel Control System for a Gas Turbine Engine Developed by FIAT

The Fuel Control System for a Gas Turbine Engine Developed by Ford

The Fuel Control System for a Gas Turbine Engine Developed by Chrysler

The Fuel Control System for a Gas Turbine Engine Developed by General Motors

The Natural Gas Microturbines in the Distributed Generation

The Gas Boost Compressor of the Microturbine

The Ignition System

The Shaft

The Annular Recuperator

The Catalytic Reactor for Pollutant Emissions Minimization

The Gas Microturbines and the Pollutant Emissions Optimization

Multi–Objective Optimization of Energy Efficiency and Pollutant Emissions

Multi–Objective Operational Optimization through the Evolutionary Algorithm

Numerical Results

Generalities on the Design of a TA–100 Natural Gas Microturbine

The Gas Compressor

The Ignition System

The Acceleration Control Method

The Recuperator Structure

The NOx Reduction System

Power Converter Circuits Used for Grid Connection

Power Converter Circuits Used for C30 and C60

Power Converter Circuits Used for TA–100

Grid Measurements and General Features of a TA–100 Gas Microturbine

Case Studies

Market Potential for the Natural Gas Microturbines in California

Concluding Remarks


About the Author

A former PhD student at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, Adrian–Valentin Boicea received a BS in electrical engineering and electrical power systems from Politehnica University, Bucharest, Romania, Fachbereich für Ingenieurwissenschaften, deutsche Abteilung. Currently, he is a lecturer for the Electrical Engineering Department of Measurements, Electrical Devices, and Static Converters at Politehnica University. His research interests include the analysis of distributed generation systems, energy efficiency, renewable sources, and applications of operational research techniques to energy systems.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics