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Combustion turbines (CT) are one of the primary workhorses of the power industry. Nearly all new central station power plants use combined cycle combustion turbines. Smaller CTs have characteristics favorable for use in DER applications and because of this, are frequently used by independent power producers.
Small combustion turbines are found in a broad array of applications including mechanical drives, base load grid-connected power generation, peaking power, and remote off-grid applications. CTs can also be used in cogeneration applications usually with the addition of a heat recovery steam generator. Combustion turbines are also available in transportable configurations allowing the plant to be moved from one location to another.