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A typical generating system powered by natural gas is a gas turbine engine connected to a generator. It's basically a jet engine like what's used on airplanes, with a gearbox (like what's on a turboprop airplane) and a generator. They're not the same engines as used on airplanes because the operating conditions are different, but they work pretty much the same.

Installation is standardized and fast. They can be started and shut down at a moment's notice, and can be throttled up and down depending on load. They're efficient and reliable, and burn a fuel that is, comparatively speaking, pretty clean. They come in different sizes.

by asdf on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 11:54:15 AM EST
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thanks asdf.

so is the biggest problem with them the special docking gas tankers need, and pipeline security?

they're still flaring off great plumes of it with no gain, right?

how long will it last, or is that an oil drum question?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 09:53:04 PM EST
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I don't know anything about the natural gas business. Presumably there's not much flaring of it any more, but maybe in some cases its more work to capture it than it's worth. The natural gas enthusiasts say that there's lots still left, particularly in North America, but who knows...
by asdf on Thu Dec 31st, 2009 at 01:51:52 AM EST
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