A fuel-powered turbine is a turbine that is powered by a fuel (ie a liquid or a gas). Unlike ie steam turbines, the fuel burned is immediatelly used to turn the turbine blades. As such, the step of converting fuel to steam is skipped and fuel-powered turbines are hence more efficient then steam turbines. This article specifically focuses on turbines of a small size intented for the purpose of local electricity supply.
Types[edit | edit source]
Both gas and liquid-fueled microturbines should be distinguished, as they vary slightly in regards to the design.
DIY gas and liquid-fueled microturbines[edit | edit source]
The simplest form of self-constructed gas turbine employs an automotive turbocharger as the core component. A combustion chamber is fabricated and plumbed between the compressor and turbine sections. The Schreckling design constructs the entire engine from raw materials, including the fabrication of a centrifugal compressor wheel from plywood, epoxy and wrapped carbon fibre strands.
Commercial microturbines[edit | edit source]
Several companies have started to produce microturbines, mostly for the purpose of energy production, as well as for use as a "range extender" in electric vehicles.
Notable companies are:
- Bowman Power produces the TurbogenTM microturbines
- Elliot Energy Systems
- Ingersoll-Rand (IR)
- Turbec AB
- Micro Turbine Technology BV
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Biofuel turbine engine term
- Homemade turbine projects
- "UK TV series, "Scrapheap Challenge", "Jet Racer" episode". 2003.
- Schreckling, Kurt (1994). Gas Turbines for Model Aircraft. ISBN 0-9510589-1-6.
- [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_extender#Range_anxiety_elimination Range extenders]
- Garrett GTP 30-67 used by University of Florence
- Deutz T216 turbine
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- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_turbine#Amateur gas turbines