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A Tiny Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Turbine Can Power 10,000 Homes

Tina Casey writes in CleanTechnica about the potential of carbon dioxide turbines.

The C3 Take
  • The Department of Energy is exploring ways to advance carbon dioxide turbines.
  • Unlike steam turbines which deploy steam as a working fluid, these carbon dioxide turbines rely on a concentrated form of carbon dioxide — sCO2 for short — that hovers somewhere between a gas and a liquid.
  • Harnessing sCO2 could improve energy efficiency at power plants by 10% and improve efficiency across supply chains.
  • These turbines could improve the efficiency of carbon capture operations and also rely on concentrated solar power.

“The Energy Department anticipates that new supercritical carbon dioxide turbines can shave energy consumption at power plants by 10%, but that’s just for starters. They have a much smaller footprint than their steam-driven cousins, resulting in manufacturing efficiencies all along the supply chain.”

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