Hi all. I'm a mechanical engineer. Early i will start my career in the field of steam turbines. I want to know if this field has a lot of future or is destined to die in few years. My bigger worry is the develop of "hybrid power systems" : plants of fuel cells that uses little gas turbines to compress the gas that enters in the cells.
This kind of plants has a lot of promises in comparison to combined cycles : much less pollution and emissions , higher efficency, etc.. In these days i tried to give an idea of the times of develop of this technology but press sources are conflicting: someone says that in few years will sobstitute combined cycles plants, other says that is not possible before 2030, other says that will never be favorable because of their costs and the necessity of ultra clean gas, etc.
In conclusion, someone has a realistic idea ?
Thanks all. Bye.