Microturbines are small electricity generators that burn gaseous and liquid fuels to turn an electrical generator. Today’s microturbine technology is the result of development work in small stationery and automotive gas turbines, auxiliary power equipment, and turbochargers.
The size range for microturbines available and in development is from 30 to 400 kilowatts (kW). Microturbines run at high speeds and, like larger gas turbines, can be used in power-only generation or in combined heat and power (CHP) systems. They are able to operate on a variety of fuels, including natural gas, and liquid fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel/distillate heating oil.
In resource recovery applications, they burn waste gases that would otherwise be flared or released directly into the atmosphere. Designed to combine the reliability of auxiliary power systems used onboard commercial aircraft with the design and manufacturing economies of turbochargers, the units are targeted at CHP and prime power applications in commercial buildings and light industrial applications.
For more information visit our CHP Application Guide.