GE Truck Tour Shows ‘Energy Technology of the Future’
The 18-wheeler hauling GE’s FlexEfficiency 60 truck tour broadly shouldered its way into sunny Chicago last week, making a stop at the Museum of Science and Industry to offer power engineers, the public and the press an opportunity to see “the energy technology of the future.” The showcased technology is designed to provide the flexibility and efficiency needed for using more renewable energy – wind and solar – on the electricity grid of the future.
The truck offers information in the form of models, videos and experts to discuss applications of high-efficiency gas and steam turbines and generators. Foe example, the tour is highlighting GE’s 7F 5-Series gas turbine, designed for flexibility and grid support in high renewable regions. With greater than 59% combined cycle efficiency, the gas turbine can start quickly, ramp up or reduce power output in response to wide grid fluctuations, and turn down to very low output levels. Other 5-Series features include:
- 40 MW/minute ramp rate per gas turbine within emissions guarantees.
- Fuel flexibility to offer operation on a wide range of natural gas or distillate fuels.
- Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6 combustion system enables turndown to 36% of gas turbine baseload while accommodating fuel composition variance and maintaining emissions guarantees.
- Quick start capability – 11 minutes to gas turbine baseload
- CO emissions of 2 ppm in combined cycle and 9 pmm for gas turbine only
- NOx emissions of 2 ppm in combined cycle and 9 ppm for gas turbine only
- More than 800 7F gas turbines operating in the field have accumulated more than 29 million fired hours