These natural gas turbines (there are three altogether) are the workhorses of the power plant, burning natural gas to generate electricity. Where the Kendall Station is able to boost its efficiency significantly is by capturing the hot gases from the combustion to make steam. That steam is pumped through a district heating system for space heating in buildings. Right now, most of the heat is condensed back into water using water from the adjacent Charles River. The plant operator now plans to build another pipeline to use all the steam it creates.
June 21, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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