International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology

International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology


International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology
International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology
Vol. 1, Issue 1 (2015)

Magneto hydro dynamic generators: A solution for future energy crisis


Akram Anish, Pravat Kumar Satpathy

Since a decade the demand for electricity is increasing at alarming rate and the demand for power is running ahead of supply. The present day methods of power generation are not much efficient & it may not be sufficient or suitable to keep pace with ever increasing demand. The recent severe energy crisis has forced the world to rethink & develop the Magneto Hydro Dynamic (MHD) type power generation which remained unthinkable for several years after its discovery. It is a unique & highly efficient method of power generation with nearly zero pollution. It is the generation of electric power directly from thermal energy utilizing the high temperature conducting plasma moving through an intense magnetic field. In advanced countries this technique is already in use but in developing countries it’s still under construction. Efficiency matters the most for establishing a power plant. MHD power plants have an overall efficiency of 55-60% but it can be boosted up to 80% or more by using superconducting magnets in this process. Whereas the other non-conventional methods of power generation such as solar, wind, geo-thermal, tidal have a highest efficiency not more than 35%. Hence by using MHD power generation method separately or by combined operation with thermal or nuclear plants we hope to bring down the energy crisis at a high rate.
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Akram Anish, Pravat Kumar Satpathy. Magneto hydro dynamic generators: A solution for future energy crisis. International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 01-07
International Journal of Research in Advanced Engineering and Technology