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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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