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Can superheating of steam increases efficiency and output of thermal power plants?

  1. Jul 3, 2012 #1
    I just want to ask a simple question to experts here. Can superheating of steam increases efficiency and output of thermal power plants?
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2012 #2

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    Re: Can superheating of steam increases efficiency and output of thermal power plants

    Absolutely, superheating is probably the most effective way we have to boost the energy efficiency of a steam plant.
    The relatively low efficiency (about 33%) of nuclear plants reflects the lower degree of superheating practical with current materials technology. Fossil fuel steam turbines can exceed 40%.
    Combined cycle gas turbines can get close to 60% efficient, but also have much higher capital costs.
     
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