Why FTC is going to Natural Gas powered Gas Turbines for its generators



Natural Gas has an infinite shelf life.


Advantages of a natural gas powered gas turbine driving an FTC Generator


·         Provides better power reliability and quality, especially for those in areas where brownouts, surges, etc. are common or utility power is less dependable

·         Provides power to remote applications where traditional transmission and distribution lines are not an option such as construction sites and offshore facilities

·         Can be an alternative to diesel generators for on-site power for mission critical functions (e.g., communications centers)

·         Possesses combined heat and power capabilities

·         Reduces upstream overload of transmission lines

·         Optimizes utilization of existing grid assets—including potential to free up transmission assets for increased wheeling capacity

·         Improves grid reliability

·         Facilitates faster permitting than transmission line upgrades

·         Can be located on sites with space limitations for the production of power

·         Provides high-quality power for sensitive applications

·         Responds faster to new power demands—as capacity additions can be made more quickly

·         Facilitates less capital tied up in unproductive assets—as the modular nature of microturbines means capacity additions and reductions can be made in small increments, closely matched with demand, instead of constructing central power plants sized to meet estimated future (rather than current) demand

·         Stand-by power decreases downtime, enabling employees to resume working

·         Produces less noise than reciprocating engines

·         Produces the lowest emission of any noncatalyzed fossil fuel combustion system

·         Has a small footprint, minimizing site disturbance

·         Reduces or defers infrastructure (line and substation) upgrades

·         For recuperated microturbine, possesses higher energy conversion efficiencies than central generation

·         Enables more effective energy and load management

Generators can be smaller, lighter, and more fuel efficient.



Microturbines can be used for stand-by power, power quality and reliability, peak shaving, and cogeneration applications. In addition, because microturbines are being developed to utilize a variety of fuels, they are being used for resource recovery and landfill gas applications. Microturbines are well suited for small commercial building establishments such as: restaurants, hotels/motels, small offices, retail stores, and many others.

The variety of energy consumers that are already using microturbines is large and growing fast. For example:

Landfill gas-fired microturbines installed at the Jamacha Landfill in Spring Valley, California supply power on-site and back to the grid. More



A McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, gets most of its electricity from a natural-gas-powered microturbine, cutting $1,500 off its total monthly power bill.


A microturbine generator power system at The Energy Efficient McDonald's (TEEM) in Bensenville, Illinois, is able to power the entire store, including lighting, cooking equipment, and HVAC.


A textile mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, ensures continuous operation by getting its power from microturbines.

The Chesapeake Building on the University of Maryland campus, College Park, Maryland has a cooling, heating, and power (CHP) system consisting of microturbines, chiller, and stack that uses waste heat to cool and heat the building, significantly increasing system efficiency.