New Mini-Turbine is Capable of Powering an Entire Town

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By itninja

In the course of our technological history, we have seen devices start off as a huge (and often heavy) devices. However, as the demand for more power in compact devices grows, the technology engineers provide us with our demands. Hence, we see our technology, more specifically in Cell-Phones and Computers, becoming smaller.

The scientists from GE Global Research are now performing tests on a turbine that is approximately the size of a desk. But more interesting, is this mini-turbine has the capabilities of powering a small town of up to 10,000 homes.

In the image below, Doug Hofer, who is one of the GE Engineers in charge of the project, poses with a model of the Mini-Turbine.

While typical turbines are generally driven by steam, resulting in a much larger scale, this specific turbine is actually driven by what the researchers call supercritical carbon dioxide. This is highly pressurized, not to mention extremely hot. This supercritical carbon dioxide (C02) is capable of reaching temperatures of up to 700 degrees Celsius. The C02 is incredibly hot and under so much pressure, it will form a supercritical fluid. This supercritical fluid in neither a liquid or even a gas, in fact, it is both.

Man Holding Min-Turbine

The new turbine that GE Global Researchers are working on, is projecting to be over 5% more efficient than that of the traditional steam turbines, in the attempts of converting heat into electricity. What is even more promising, the team’s GE prototype is only 10 megawatts. However, the team is aiming to scale the prototype up to a grand total of 33 megawatts.

Sources: Minds, Google, GE Global Research.

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  • trapperjohn10

    Is this just another technological breakthrough that is announced with great fanfare and then quietly disappears? Big oil doesn’t like these threats to their monopoly. Time will tell.

  • roddy6667

    Wow! 5% more efficient!!! At what cost? Why not just do the normal things people do to save electricity? I’ll bet that changing to LED lighting will do more to save money than some marginally more efficient generator.

  • Herbert Dorsey

    This is pretty much situation normal. The acting medium will still need to be heated with hydrocarbon fuel. A more productive approach would be to use completely alternative technology such as Rossi’s E-Cat cold fusion device or technology mentioned in the book “Secret Science and The Secret Space Program”.

  • Tom Buyea — Fla.News service

    Also very small ? Is there a shortage of space in public electricity generating stations ? Where does the CO2 come from and what is the cost of making that ? Then what recycle it ? Energy used to reheat it ? Strange ?

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