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Introduction

Vernon L. Eriksen,    Nooter/Eriksen, Inc., Fenton, MO, United States

Abstract

Combined cycle and cogeneration power plants have been popular for a number of years due to their high efficiency, low emissions, and a number of other reasons. Due to its ability to start up quickly and respond to demand changes rapidly, the combined cycle power plant’s popularity has increased even more in recent years, to complement variable energy sources such as wind energy and solar energy.

The role of the heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) in combined cycle and cogeneration power plants is discussed in this chapter. Characteristics of HRSGs are presented and types of HRSGs are listed.

Finally, the focus and structure of the book are outlined. ...

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