CCGT power plant
The generated electricity is fed into the high-voltage electricity grid via the switchyard. The cooling cells use water and air to cool down the remaining heat in a condensation process before it is released into the atmosphere.
Natural gas in the Hungarian energy mix
The CCGT process produces only about half the CO2 emissions of those from coal power plants (also refer to graph under Air emissions). This is compatible with the worldwide efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
State-of-the-art CCGT plants are flexible in their operation and can be started up and shut down quickly. They therefore offer an efficient solution to balance fluctuations in the electricity grid from renewable energies, such as wind turbines.
From 2013 all large CO2 emitters in Europe must purchase certificates on the market. As CCGT plants have significantly lower CO2 emissions, they can be operated more economically and provide cheaper electricity. This will mean that older coal plants will be shut down over time. This is, of course, beneficial to the end consumers too.