GE's New Gas Turbine Aids Solar and Wind Power

By Admin
GEs new natural gas turbine picks up where solar and wind power leaves off. In case of clouds, the generator will turn on to meet a solar plants shortf...

GE’s new natural gas turbine picks up where solar and wind power leaves off.  In case of clouds, the generator will turn on to meet a solar plant’s shortfall.  No wind?  No problem.  GE’s new turbine kicks in to pick up the slack at wind farms. 

The company has invested over $500 million to develop the turbine and accompanying power plant.  The technology is expected to be ready for the market by 2014. 

The turbine generator and ancillary components will be manufactured in France and initial versions of the system will be designed for the European market’s 50-hertz power frequencies.  There is no official date for release into the American market.

SEE OTHER TOP STORIES IN THE WDM CONTENT NETWORK

CERAWeek 2011 in Review: Natural Gas the Solution to Oil Shortfall

Mining Helium-3 will Transform the Dark Side of the Moon

Types of Biofuels: Ethanol, Biodiesel, Biobutanol, and the Companies that Make Them

READ THIS MONTH’S ISSUE OF ENERGY DIGITAL!

GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt noted at a conference last week in Florida that GE is bullish in its outlook on natural gas.  “It appears like we’re heading into a natural gas cycle,” he says.

The new natural gas turbine power plant is named, “FlexEfficiency 50,” and is the first in the coming “FlexEfficiency” product line.

Similar renewables/natural gas hybrid systems have been developed in conjunction with various solar plants already, including the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Florida.  However, the GE system will be the first commercially marketed standardized system for the industry. 

Share

Featured Articles

Alfa Laval to supply world’s largest green hydrogen plant

The facility is being built in NEOM, the US$500bn futuristic city being developed in Saudi Arabia

COP27 agrees to climate compensation fund

The deal is said to be a historic first in acknowledging the vast inequities of the climate crisis

North America's natural gas can help mitigate energy crisis

In the effort towards decarbonisation, North America could be a key player in providing affordable natural gas, addressing energy security issues

COP27: Egypt and Norway to build 100MW green hydrogen plant

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy company Masdar opens office in Saudi Arabia

Renewable Energy

Ørsted closes US$140m transaction with ECP for US portfolio

Renewable Energy