Propane-fueled microturbines generate electricity on site for homes or businesses and in vehicles such as hybrid buses.
PERC develops and demonstrates innovative propane-fueled
microturbines and explores fuel issues that affect microturbine
performance. This research responds to increasing consumer interest in
technologies that provide reliable on-site power generation with lower
emissions than conventional power generation alternatives.
Field Test Program
A program to field test propane-fueled microturbines was developed to
demonstrate the applications and benefits of using propane-fueled
microturbines. These efforts helped to promote the use of propane as a
viable, easy-to-use fuel source in the emerging and potentially large
field of microturbine generation.
Fuel Supply Equipment
Fuel supply equipment for microturbine generators provides the system
with the propane it needs to drive the small turbine that is integral to
producing power. Researchers developed and demonstrated four new
prototypes of fuel supply equipment and provided technical support to
microturbine manufacturers regarding propane-fueled stationary
Hybrid Bus Microturbines
Microturbines can be used to charge the batteries in hybrid-electric
buses, enabling the buses to travel longer distances and remain
low-emission vehicles. Researchers stepped in to improve the performance
of hybrid bus microturbine projects by helping to resolve propane
quality issues, develop new technology to deal with coalescent filters
in vapor-phase fuel systems, and design and assemble an activated carbon
filter for future tests.
Market Assessment: Propane Distributed Generation
The Propane Distributed Generation Market Assessment is an evaluation of
the technologies, markets, and trends for propane-fueled distributed
generation applications of less than 1 megawatt. The study estimated the
market and propane volume potential for the different distributed
generation market segments. This research provides the basis for the
development of a commercialization plan to help the propane industry
realize the potential market for propane-fueled distributed generation.