An investigation into the potential benefits of thermochemical recuperation and partial oxidation in advanced natural gas-fired turbine systems is being carried out by a team consisting of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the Institute of Gas Technology under contract to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Gas Research Institute. The purpose of this study is to determine whether the application of thermochemical recuperation and/or partial oxidation technologies to advanced natural gas-fired power generation systems provides performance and/or cost benefits. This paper presents an overview of the concepts and technologies which are under investigation, as well as several of the thermodynamic cycles which are being developed to determine their viability.

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