Ever since Benjamin Franklin introduce electricity to modern life humans just can’t get enough of the stuff sometimes our demand overwhelmed the system. And as millions of us have experienced we find ourselves in the dark a blackout as a scientist and an energy consumer.
I need to find a viable sustainable energy solution some of GE energy expert developed one of the most fuel efficient energy resources on the market today. The 9h a gas turbine also known as Harriet, I’m here at GE power and water with Monty at well and Gary Weisner to learn more about the new gas turbine off. What is the gap divine the gas turbine converts the fuel to a torque which turns a generator we pull a huge volume of air into the front end it sucks in the air at a speed equivalent to blowing up the Goodyear blimp within 10 seconds. We then take that air and we compressed it – 22 times of pressure that you feel here all of the blades are compressing that air that gets sucked. The in with the both of the air is mixed with fuel and combusted this is the bank because this is where the pressurized air combines with the gas for the few and we blow that out through the hot section or the turban section the expansion.
That takes place when you release that energy creates the torque that turns a generator that produces the electricity temperatures inside it onto the metal can actually come. Roughly 400 degrees higher than the melting point of the basement why is outside why not melting every time you turn it on we actually induce a thermal barrier coating on to these pockets you still need air cooling to process.
That expansion so there are cooling holes within that component that help to do so either tiny holes and I had this thing is common with Benson absolutely that helps us to understand the firing temperatures. It helps us understand vibrations and also the pressure we’re taking it to the speeds that the machine doesn’t earlier on and we’re taking pressure issues machine this earlier on it or you take its temperatures. That it would never see we push the line it’s very hard of with machine can does getting that data so we can make our next products that are turban is especially power us can add 400 megawatts.
This testing and 400 megawatts is equivalent to 400,000 homes that’s a large the sea yes it is when I started this to be honest, I’m not really given much thought to where my electricity comes from certainly not have a gas turbine work but seemed a turbine cut open and understanding all the divine and engineering that goes into every last part that was something pretty special. We’re all going to have to start thinking more about where our energy comes from if we’re going to continue our electricity powered lifestyle and not a small black out.