On the day it revealed it has clinched gas turbine orders for North America worth more than $1bn in the last nine months, GE also unveiled its latest 50 MW gas turbine which it claimed will “transform the industry”.
The FlexAero LM6000-PH was launched in Houston as a solution for businesses and communities that need power fast – it is claimed it can be installed and operational in 70 days and can fire-up in five minutes – and also as a flagship of sustainability, as it operates with no need for water.
Darryl Wilson, president of aeroderivative gas turbines for GE Power & Water, said the natural gas-fuelled FlexAero could provide “power to anyone, anywhere, in an environmentally responsible way”.
He added: “Over the past 10 years, we have seen our customer base rapidly change and expand to include industrial businesses and remote communities that need reliable, independent power to grow. We developed the FlexAero to give those customers advanced technology, which can be shipped and installed faster than any technology in its class and can operate independent from the power grid.”
The FlexAero includes GE’s DLE2.0 technology, which reduces NOx emissions to 15 ppm without the need for water. The technology allows customers to save more than 26 million gallons of water per turbine, per year, which is typically used to dilute CO2 and NOx emissions in a gas turbine.
Steve Bolze, president of GE Power & Water, said this was “critical to meeting growing energy demand in a sustainable way” and met the needs of customers who “want to power their operations reliably and responsibly”.
Bolze revealed that GE has won more than $1bn-worth of orders for its aeroderivative and heavy duty gas turbines for projects throughout North America since the end of 2010.
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