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1st Edition

Essentials of Natural Gas Microturbines

ISBN 9781466594715
Published December 12, 2013 by CRC Press
270 Pages 133 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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Adrian–Valentin Boicea, a former PhD student at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, received the BS in electrical engineering and electrical power systems from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), Romania. Currently, he is a Lecturer within the Department of Electrical Power Systems at the UPB. His research interests include the distributed generation systems, energy efficiency, renewable sources, the operational research algorithms used in power engineering, as well as Big Data analysis applied in the energy sector.


"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