This compact generator could revolutionize the world’s energy needs.
The innovative product turns carbon dioxide into electricity, the first product of its kind.
It has been developed by General Electronics (GE) Global Research, and it has been suggested that just one turbine, which is the same size as regular desk, could power a town of 10,000 homes.
Sustainable energy is high on the agenda for energy firms, and the public alike.
The appeal of this design however, is the fact that it is using cO2 to create the power, meaning that it could deal with the energy shortage and carbon dioxide in one.
Doug Hofer, a specialist at GE said:
“the world is seeking cleaner and more efficient ways to generate power. The concepts we are exploring with this machine are helping us address both.”
What sets this turbine apart from others is that it uses supercritical fluid to operate.
Supercritical matter is a stage in between a liquid and a gas, meaning that it can use the best of both characteristics to perform it’s functions.
GE have said that the turbine is so groundbreaking in the way it has been designed, regular steam turbines are usually around 10 times bigger, and harnessing the power of carbon dioxide means heart can be stored and released at a highly accelerated rate, beating all other turbine designs.
Developer Doug Hofer said:
“With energy demand expected to rise by 50 percent over the next two decades, we can’t afford to wait for new, cleaner energy solutions to power the planet. We have to innovate now and make energy generation as efficient as possible.”