F. Robson, KraftWork Systems Inc., USA
A.D. Rao, University of California, USA
The driving interest in the externally fired combined cycle (EFCC) and its major component, the externally fired gas turbine (EFGT), has been the hoped-for capability to use lower grade fuels such as coal, lignite, heavy oils, etc. A potential application for the EFCC may be for smaller-scale power plants (< 250 MW) where technologies such as the integrated gasification combined cycle may not be cost-competitive. While the interest in coal as a fuel continues, considerable effort is now being spent on biomass-fired EFGTs for combined heat and power (CHP) applications.
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