Micro Turbines are new type of
combustion turbine used for energy
They provide not only electricity , but
also the thermal energy for heating
they typically have power outputs in
the range of 25 to 300kW.
Need of Micro turbines
Demand of alternate energy sources
Need of energy in Remote locations
Need of compact & portable power generator
better efficiency and require infrequent maintenance.
Need of clean energy generating device
Micro Turbine producing power, as well as heat
Micro turbines are small gas turbines, most of which feature an internal
heat exchanger called a recuperator.
In a micro turbine, a radial flow (centrifugal) compressor compresses the
inlet air that is then preheated in the recuperator using heat from the
Next, the heated air from the recuperator mixes with fuel in the combustor
and hot combustion gas expands through the expansion and power
turbines. The expansion turbine turns the compressor and, in single-shaft
models, turns the generator as well.
Finally, the recuperator uses the exhaust of the power turbine to preheat
the air from the compressor.
Single-shaft models generally operate at speeds over 60,000 revolutions
per minute (rpm) and the permanent magnet generator generates electrical
power of high frequency, and of variable frequency (alternating current --
AC). This power is rectified to direct current (DC) and then inverted to
50/60 Hz for commercial use.
Types of Microturbine
Compressed air is mixed
with fuel and burned under
A sheet metal heat exchanger
temperature of the air stream
supplied to the combustor.
Micro turbine Overview
Commercially Available Yes (Limited)
Size Range 25-500 kW
Fuel Natural gas, hydrogen, propane,
Efficiency 20-30% (Recuperated)
Environmental Low (<9-50 ppm) Nox
Other Features Cogeneration (50-80°C water)
Commercial Status Small volume production,
commercial prototypes now.
Advantages of Microturbine
Small number of moving parts
Good efficiency in cogeneration
Long maintenance interval
Less noise than reciprocating engines
Application of Microturbine
Small scale power generation
In Automobiles (turbocharger)
Auxiliary power unit for air planes
Bowman power systems
Capstone Turbine Cooperation
Elliott energy systems