FPL | Combined-Cycle Technology

Combined-Cycle Technology

The natural gas-fired combined cycle technology FPL has proposed adding to its existing Turkey Point plant site in 2007 would work this way:

  • A natural gas, combined-cycle plant produces electricity from two sources of energy instead of one.
  • Combined cycle is about 30 percent more efficient than a traditional steam plant.
  • Energy is produced by combustion of natural gas in a turbine, similar to a jet engine.
  • Energy also is produced by making use of the jet engine exhaust to make steam.
  • Both sources of energy then drive turbines and electric generators to produce electricity.

Here's an example of combined-cycle technology under construction in 2000 at FPL's Fort Myers plant site.