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Benefits of gas and steam turbines to IPPs and utilities

Utilities and independent power producers (IPPs) around the world develop, own, and operate power plants to generate electricity that meets consumer and industrial demand. Utilities and IPPs seek the most cost-effective and reliable power plant offerings to serve the various demands of their local grid or service territory, whether that’s baseload power, cyclic generation, or peaking power.

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Flexible, fast, efficient and cost-effective

Benefits of gas and steam turbines for individual power producers (IPPs) and utilities include flexibility in operations and fuel use, fast start and ramping capabilities, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Utilities and IPPs that choose GE gas and steam turbines for their power plant needs can expect:

  • Cost-effective and reliable options to help meet baseload power, cyclic generation, or peaking power needs
  • Fast starts and flexibility ramping up and down power production
  • Rapidly deployable modular facilities
  • A high level of electrical efficiency
  • Distributed generation that supports the local electrical grid
  • Heat recovery and cooling systems to support district networks
  • Fuel flexibility with any gaseous or liquid fuels, including biofuels
Our solutions

Explore GE’s technologies for IPP and utility power generation

GE offers a broad portfolio of solutions for IPP and utility power generation, providing exceptional and industry-leading turbine, generator, and power conversion technologies for reliable and efficient operation. GE’s solutions for IPP and utility power generation include:

Aeroderivative and heavy-duty gas turbines

GE’s heavy-duty and aeroderivative gas turbines offer efficient, versatile, and reliable power solutions for IPP and utility power generation with individual outputs ranging from 34 MW to 571 MW. 

They are proven performers in simple and combined-cycle operation for pure power generation, cogeneration, mechanical drive, and waste-to-power. These turbines feature up to 44% simple cycle efficiency and 56% combined cycle efficiency with fast startup, high ramp rates and outstanding cycling capability. Find out how our aeroderivative and heavy-duty gas turbines can benefit your utility or IPP.

Steam turbines

GE’s steam turbines feature industry-leading performance with high reaction 3-D blading engineered for high pressure (HP), intermediate pressure (IP), and low pressure (LP) turbine modules.

Utilities and IPPs also benefit from robust, reliable steam turbines enhanced by control systems and the power of GE Digital solutions to better operate, analyze and optimize the business of energy production. Learn more about the advantages of steam turbines for your utility or IPP.

Collaborating with GE Power for IPP and utility power generation

GE’s technology heritage is unparalleled in the power generation industry. Over the past 60 years, we’ve employed materials science innovations from our aviation heritage to develop advancements that translate to more power, reliability, and efficiency for utilities, IPPs, and other clients with diverse power needs.

Efficiency

  • GE’s turbines, generators, and other power solutions reduce lifecycle costs and enhance profitability.
  • Innovation drives product development to generate technology improvements and never-before-seen breakthroughs that drive further efficiency.
  • The heavy-duty and aeroderivative gas turbine models GE manufactures and supplies throughout the world are proven performers in a range of applications, capable of achieving world-class efficiency with next-generation capabilities.

Experience

  • GE’s rich power generation history includes more than 60 years of supplying gas turbine technology.
  • Half of the world’s installed power base is from GE, with more than 10,000 gas and steam turbine generating units, representing more than 1,000,000 MW of installed capacity in 120 countries.

Reliability

  • GE offers a variety of flexible and reliable power generation packages for utilities and IPPs, featuring aviation-derived engines.
  • Many of our heavy-duty and aeroderivative gas turbines offer the highest reliability in their class, providing customers more days of operation per year.

How does power generation work for IPPs and utilities?

What can you expect from working with GE? We have experience and expertise tailored to each type of utility and IPP.

Baseload power plants

GE works closely with utilities and IPPs with baseload power plants to provide solutions that help provide low-cost electricity with high-efficiency gas turbines and combined-cycle equipment. This allows baseload power plants to provide a reliable and steady foundation of power supply to the grid.

Cyclic operation power plants

For utilities and IPPs with cyclic operation power plants, GE can help you respond to demand fluctuations in the grid throughout the normal daily load cycle above available baseload capacity. Our H-class, F-class, and aeroderivative gas turbines help cyclic operation power plants in regions heavily invested in intermittent renewable generation cost-effectively develop an improved balance of high-operational flexibility characteristics, such as fast start and ramping, low minimum load, and high-part load efficiency.

Peaking power plants

GE’s F-class and aeroderivative gas turbines offer a combination of fast-start and ramping capabilities along with low capital investment requirements desired by peaking power plants. These low-capital-expenditure solutions help simple-cycle peaking power plants cover intermittent peak seasonal demands.

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