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The article introduces the significance of clean, abundant energy for global progress, emphasizing electricity as a versatile source derived from various fuels and primary energy flows.
It explores electric power generation basics, detailing generators, primary drivers like turbines and engines, and different natural gas power generation options. These include steam turbine, gas turbine simple cycle, combined heat and power, gas turbine combined cycle, and gas engine power plants.
Each method’s technology, efficiency, applications, and environmental impacts are explored, underscoring natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal and oil, albeit with methane’s greenhouse gas implications.
The piece highlights the industry’s evolution toward embracing renewables alongside natural gas for a greener energy future.