Reliable power for your data center

GE Vernova’s aero gas turbines

No matter what type of data center configuration you have, we have an aero gas turbine that can work for you. Our solutions include temporary power to keep you online during your data center test phase.

Frequently asked questions

Learn more about aeros for data centers

How do you see microgrids serving data centers?


 

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Global data center growth is creating energy load, carbon footprint, and reliability issues for utilities. In our first FAQ video, GE Vernova’s Ihab Chaaban explains how microgrid configuration allows power producers to control power demand without having to rely on the grid.

How could aeros play a role in decarbonization to benefit data centers?

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There are several ways aeroderivative gas turbines can help data centers contribute to decarbonization—from running them on natural gas to claiming carbon credits. In our second data centers video, GE Vernova data centers expert Ihab Chaaban provides the full story.

What does a traditional roadmap to net zero look like for data centers?

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Here’s a hint: It might not be the same for each data center. GE Vernova’s Ihab Chaaban explore the many paths to reaching net zero—including hybridizing thermal assets with renewables and batteries. Watch our third data centers FAQ video!

What fuels does the LM run on, and what are the fuel storage requirements?

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GE Vernova’s aero LM packages run on a wide variety of fuels, including hydrogen, and they can be configured as dual fuel gas turbines when backup fuel is required. In our fourth data centers video, GE Vernova data centers expert Ihab Chaaban provides the full story.

Where and when in the U.S. does GE expect hydrogen to be delivered via pipeline, and can it replace natural gas?

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There are efforts in the U.S. to create several hydrogen hubs with a goal to reach 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net zero carbon emissions by 2050. GE Vernova has been running aero gas turbines on blends of hydrogen and gas for years. Our aeros can be engineered and shipped to run on hydrogen or modified onsite.

How relevant is the Aeroderivative technology to data centers?

Reliability is one of the pillars of the DC industry, so it’s a mission-critical application. Derived from our aviation engines platform, aero technology has reliability at its core. In addition, our aero packages have been already deployed in mission critical applications such as Hospital and Medical Centers. So, if we trust the aero turbines to power airplanes, we should trust them to power our data!

Can aero solutions scale from smaller DC applications to hyperscale DCs?

Yes. The scalability of our aero solutions makes them a good option for DC developers. They can start small with one of our LM2500 family packages, which produce 20-30 MW of power, and keep adding units as the DC loads grow. That option is available for even non-hyperscalers that anticipate a growth pattern in the years to come.

What are the scenarios where aero gas turbines could fit within a data center?

There are many aero scenarios that could apply to data centers. In terms of who owns the power generation assets, it’s either the data center or a utility, or an IPP could serve as proxy to cover the additional load that the DC would add.

In regions with unreliable grids, the aeros could be deployed as the prime source of power. They have a proven track record burning a diverse list of fuels, including natural gas, diesel, ethanol, and hydrogen.

They can also be deployed as backup power. Thanks to their fast starts (within 5 minutes), the units can take on the load smoothly during utility outages.

We could also add batteries for a faster response in the backup scheme. GE Vernova has been a pioneer in hybrid Enhanced Gas Turbine (EGT) technology where we deploy batteries and gas turbines in hybrid mode to support the utility’s ancillary services. Aeros could also be deployed in a hybrid microgrid configuration for greener solutions where decarbonization is a mandate.

All these scenarios could be deployed with the option to sell power to the grid and help reduce the investment payback period. There is also an interest in deploying our TM2500s for temporary power to bridge any utility gaps, or even cover a data center’s power needs during testing and commissioning.

How are aeroderivative gas turbines a better fit than diesel generators, which have been conventionally used for backup power to data centers?

Diesel generators have been serving the data centers segment for years, and they were a good fit at the time. But in today’s 5G world, with cloud computing and online activity leaving a carbon footprint, diesel is not a sustainable solution. It could still be relevant in some cases, but when we get to the point where Megabytes and MWH are at the higher side of the curve, there’s a need for a more efficient solution—especially in areas where real estate is an issue or decarbonization targets are pressing. Aeros are more reliable than diesel, and they have dual fuel capability. So it’s time to think differently about how we can cover growing data center needs outside of the conventional backup umbrella.

How do GE Vernova’s aero gas turbines activate when grid performance drops or pricing increases? Are these connected, and is this applicable in every power market?

This depends on many factors. If the aero unit is running and connected to the grid, it will react to events as they occur—regulating frequency or voltage or providing inertia when there's a sudden load variation. As for the price change, this will require a logic controller as an additional scope, with certain modules (hardware and software) to dispatch the aero asset based on those types of parameters—such as pricing if the unit is dispatched in real time markets. GE Vernova’s product portfolio includes a microgrid controller that serves these functionalities.

What are the top industry standard metrics?

The top metrics used by the data centers industry are reliability, availability, redundancy, and cost effectiveness. Aero gas turbines are derived from aircraft engines, so they are the most reliable gas turbines in the industry. This reliability makes them a perfect fit for mission-critical applications like data centers that are subject to the Uptime Institute and similar reliability standards. 

Crunch the numbers

Methane slip calculator

Did you know that reciprocating gas engines can release unburned methane at a rate that’s almost 150 times that of a gas turbine? This is known as “methane slip”, and it’s something you should know about. Our new calculator can help you determine your plant’s potential greenhouse gas savings and reduction in NOx and particulate matter.

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GE Vernova Gas Power wins prestigious Frost & Sullivan award

Research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has just named GE Vernova Gas Power its 2022 Customer Value Leader for our global data centers power solutions. The award was based on GE Vernova’s excellence in tracking and understanding the drivers that are impacting the data center environment, deep knowledge in gas turbine technologies, and innovative approach to addressing customer needs.

Webinars

Hear from our experts

  • Greener and sustainable energy for data centers
  • Planning for electrification and AI in a decarbonized world
  • Aeros vs. recips: Simplicity in motion
On-demand webinar

Greener and sustainable energy for data centers: GE Vernova aeroderivatives

As data center power needs continue to expand, data center owners need to ensure consistent, cleaner. In our recently co-hosted webinar, we reviewed the data centers landscape and different models of operation with a focus on GE Vernova’s aeroderivative gas turbine technology as a viable solution.

What is the Entropy Economy?

Entropy Economy: Planning for electrification and AI in a decarbonized world

Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence are causing soaring electrical demand, while the need to reduce carbon emissions has never been greater. What does this mean for your business? Hear from our experts.

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Aeros vs. recips: Simplicity in motion

As a plant operator, you’re always looking for ways to improve your site, and know that higher efficiency leads to lower costs. But what can you do to achieve this? Aeroderivative gas turbines offer many advantages over a reciprocal engine such as reliability and savings instead of maintenance and downtime.

Reliable power

GE Vernova’s portfolio of gas turbines for data centers

GE Vernova's aeroderivative gas turbines are known for their high efficiency, low emissions, durability, and high reliability—advantages that reciprocating engines can’t offer. Our gas turbines run on natural gas or a variety of other gases including biofuels, landfill gas, and combustible industrial waste gases. These gas turbines can ramp up to full power (and back down) in five minutes.

LM2500XPRESS aeroderivative solution

The LM2500 is the most reliable aeroderivative gas turbine in the world, featuring reliability consistently above 99.8%. Great for helping to meet needs where flexible power is required quickly and efficiently, the LM2500XPRESS 50 Hz and 60 Hz power plants feature a 34 MW simple cycle power output and up to 38% simple cycle efficiency.

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Its start time for a simple cycle is fewer than 5 minutes, and its ramp rate is 30 MW/minute. The LM2500XPRESS is a modular and scalable, prefabricated, skid-mounted, pre-commissioned solution with reduced on-site installation and commissioning and a zero gas turbine water consumption requirement.

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TM2500 mobile aeroderivative gas turbine

Recommended for mobile power applications available within three months and fast-track or short-term duration projects, the TM2500 50 Hz and 60 Hz solutions have a 33.6 MW average power output and 36.7% average net efficiency.

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Its start time for a simple cycle is fewer than 5 minutes, and its ramp rate is 20 MW/minute. The TM2500 is a modular and scalable, prefabricated, skid-mounted, pre-commissioned solution with reduced on-site installation and commissioning and a zero gas turbine water consumption requirement.

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LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine

The LM6000 allows you to operate on a wide variety of fuels—including natural gas, LPG (propane and butane), isopentane, ethanol, diesel, and Coke Oven gas.

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This allows you to quickly switch between fuels to save money, all without stopping or a reduction in power. It has a 45-58 MW net power output and up to 41.4% net efficiency. Its start time for a simple cycle is less than 5 minutes, and its ramp rate is 30 MW/minute. The LM6000 offers 100% start reliability and >99% operational reliability, and availability. Its fast start allows operators to differentiate their dispatch capability, and its dual-fuel capabilities provide fuel flexibility and help customers meet emissions limits.

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