A high-efficiency, alcohol-burning combustion turbine system is described. The system’s high efficiency is the result of an endothermic catalytic reforming of the alcohol fuel using exhaust gas waste heat. A performance analysis of a catalytic reformer for methanol, methanol/water, and ethanol/water mixtures is presented. System performance predictions for a Westinghouse 501D (100 MWe) combustion turbine show significant improvements in efficiency and power over distillate fuel and potential reductions in NOx emissions. An economic comparison with distillate fuel indicates the time when a reformed alcohol combustion turbine could be feasible.

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