Even though most people know a little bit about turbines, like that they are machines used to produce power by harnessing the kinetic energy of a fluid, there are many things about them that remain a mystery to the layperson. Read more below for three things you probably didn’t know about turbines.
There Are Many Different Types of Turbines
Almost everyone has heard of wind turbines (and they’ve been the topic of national debate at least a few times), but did you know there are actually many different kinds of turbines? As mentioned above, turbines use the movement of a fluid in order to rotate some kind of device, like a rotor or a wheel, which then produces power. Turbines can produce this energy using any number of fluids, such as water, steam, air, or combustion gases.
Differences in Needs
In addition to there being different kinds of turbines, depending on the fluid used to power the turbine, different needs may arise. For example, gas turbines operate at a much higher temperature than steam turbines. Typically, gas turbines require 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas steam turbines require a lower temperature at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only does the heat generated change between different kinds of turbines, but so, too, does the amount of energy or power generated. This is one reason it’s important to further investigate turbines.
Advantages to Turbines
While many people are able to recognize a turbine and know what it is used for, it can be harder for them to point out specific advantages of using turbines to generate power over other sources. However, most of the U.S. and world electricity generation uses turbine generators to produce power and electricity. One of the biggest advantages to turbine usage is that they use a renewable energy source, such as water, wind, or steam. For many companies, turbine generators are able to generate energy at a fraction of the cost, both financially and environmentally, unlike other methods of energy production.
These are just a few facts that you may not have known about turbines, but if you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today.