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GE launches renewables-enabling power plant

UNITED STATES: GE has launched a new power plant that is designed to enable a greater integration of renewable energy.

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The ‘FlexEfficiency 50 Combined Cycle’ power plant is rated at 510MW and is able to ramp up at 50MW a minute. It also offers 61 percent efficiency.

GE said this would allow greater flexibility in terms of deploying variable renewable resources such as wind energy.

The company claimed to have spent $500 million on developing the project.

GE vice president for GE Power and Water Paul Browning said: "For years we have been working to develop technology that can, in the same breath, deliver breakthrough efficiency and deal head-on with the challenge of grid variability caused by wind and solar.

"The need for combined flexibility and efficiency is even more pressing today as countries around the world establish new emissions standards."

The plant uses a gas turbine that operates at 50 Hz, , a 109D-14 Steam Turbine, GE’s W28 Generator and a heat recovery steam generator.

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