By passing the combustion gases through magnetic field, magneto generator converts heat directly to electricity power without moving parts. The inherent characteristic of high efficiency and low emission makes Coal fired electric power generation technology attractive to be a potential alternative power generation method in the future. This article presents the working principle of MHD generator and describes the coal fired MHD power plant systems and the key components in these systems. It also reviews the batch research of Department of Energy on coal fired MHD electric power generation - Proof of Concept Program from 1987 to 1993 and states some challenges remained on the way to commercial use.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering