Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. said June 1 it will begin developing basic technologies for a power generation system integrating solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and a gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power generation system.
Under the umbrella of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the company will start a two-year study this year as part of a project titled “Development of Systems and Basic Technologies for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells."
In a triple combined cycle power generation system, an SOFC power generation system is placed before the GTCC system. By generating power at three stages--the fuel cell, gas turbine and steam turbine--the resulting system achieves outstanding efficiency in generating power from natural gas.
MHI sees the triple combined cycle power generation as a revolutionary technology that will result in 10- to 20-percent improvements in power generation efficiency over existing natural gas-fired power generation systems.
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