Gasoline Power Plants and Gas Power Generators are rapidly growing because of the more economical and environmental advantages of gas-based electric power generation technology over other fossil fuels. Natural gas, because of its clean burning nature, has become a very popular fuel for the generation of electricity. Gas power generation primarily uses two methods, gas turbines, and steam turbines. Portable gas power generators use gas turbines, and large gasoline power plant uses steam turbines. Fuel cell gas power generators are becoming more popular for industrial, residential, and automobile applications.

Gasoline Types used for Electric Power Generation

  • Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Autogas (LPG)
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Biogas from biomass, and from natural land fills and biowaste
  • Other Gases: Hydrogen, Ethanol, Methane, Methanol, Butanol, Gasohol, Avgas (high octane gasoline)

Gas Power Generation Methods

  • Steam Turbine Gas Power Generation – Steam turbines are the most basic natural gas fired electric generation consists of a steam generation unit, where fossil fuels are burned in a boiler to heat water and produce steam, which then turns a turbine to generate electricity.
  • Gas Turbine Electric Power Generation – In gas turbines, instead of heating steam to turn a turbine, hot gases from burning fossil fuels (particularly natural gas) are used to turn the turbine and generate electricity.
  • Gas Turbine & Steam Turbine Combined Cycle Electric Power Plant – In these types of generating facilities, there is both a gas turbine and a steam unit, all in one. The gas turbine operates in much the same way as a normal gas turbine, using the hot gases released from burning natural gas to turn a turbine and generate electricity. In combined-cycle plants, the waste heat from the gas-turbine process is directed towards generating steam, which is then used to generate electricity much like a steam unit. Because of this efficient use of the heat energy released from the natural gas, combined-cycle plants are much more efficient than steam units or gas turbines alone. These are also called as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems.
  • Gas Fired Microturbine with Distributed Gasoline – Distributed generation refers to the placement of individual, smaller sized electric generation units at residential, commercial, and industrial sites of use. These small scale power plants, which are primarily powered by natural gas, operate with small gas turbine or combustion engine units, or natural gas fuel cells.
  • Fuel Cell Gas Power Generator – Fuel cells are becoming an increasingly important technology for the generation of electricity. They are much like rechargeable batteries, except instead of using an electric recharger, they use a fuel, such as natural gas, to generate electric power even when they are in use.