Meeting tomorrow’s capacity planning challenges—today

The growth in renewables and the expected retirement of large baseload coal-fired power stations is creating an opportunity for flexible gas-fired power plants and capacity firming solutions. The rise of solar and wind power has led to an accompanying decrease in reliability and security of supply on the grid, and with the Australian Energy Marketing Operator (AEMO) forecasting an increase in load-shedding over the next few years, the need for a dispatchable solution is clear.

Also known as grid firming, capacity firming is a vital characteristic for any power generation system. While renewable power generation sources are now essentially competitive with traditional power generation alternatives, they can have adverse system impacts if they are not carefully integrated into the grid. Wind and solar are typically non-dispatchable and their nameplate capacity does not always align with the required power demand.


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As we see in this wintertime demand profile curve for Australia, going green without “going down” requires a balance between developing renewable energy and system reliability to avoid power outages and grid stability issues. Source: AEMO

Australia’s adoption of more renewable energy resources is creating challenges for reliable, secure power. Join our subject matter experts to learn more.


Aeroderivative gas turbines for grid stability in Australia

Born from aviation technology, GE’s aeroderivative portfolio features highly flexible and mobile technologies for use in a wide variety of applications, including utility generation, district heating, mobile power, fast power, and of course, grid stability. GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines have a wide range of characteristics that makes them exceedingly suitable for capacity firming.

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Typical medium-speed reciprocating engines have a ramp rate of about 5 MW/min, but aeroderivative gas turbines have a nominal ramp rate of around 50 MW/min, providing a much faster frequency control response for better grid support. Aeroderivative turbines are designed for high cycling capability, allowing multi-day start/stop cycles.


High part load efficiency, a low minimum load, and deeper turndown all contribute to aeros’ flexibility. Additionally, aeroderivative gas turbines are hydrogen-capable and can operate on a wide variety of fuels, like natural gas, diesel and aviation fuel, but can also be configured to operate on fuels such as naphtha, LPG, ethane, ethanol, bio-diesel and others.


With pro-boost, a short duration power boost, and synch condensing capabilities (and even clutchless synch condensing configuration available), aeroderivative gas turbines are a better choice for grid frequency regulation in Australia.

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The size of our aeroderivative gas turbines (as compared to larger heavy-duty machines) makes them good for both a smaller land footprint and a more flexible way to either add to your current power setup or create a modular layout.


Our TM2500 can be installed in less than three months, and our LM6000 and LM2500 can be up and running in six, helping you get the dispatchable power you need, either as a bridging solution or for an emergency fast-power situation.


Access to water is a challenge in Australia, making our dual-fuel DLE (Dry Low Emissions) combustor technology a great solution. As the name suggests, DLE helps you meet NOx emissions requirements without the need for water or steam injection.


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aeros can support grid firming

Ready to learn more about why our aeroderivative gas turbine solutions are a great peaking plant solution to support the high level of renewable energy generation in Australia’s electricity grid? Download our infographic series, or take a deep dive with our latest white paper.


Grid firming 101

Learn the basic facts around the importance of a stable power grid.


How aeros can help

Get an inside look at how our aeroderivative gas turbines can help stabilize the power grid.


The future of grid firming

Explore the latest grid firming innovations that are powering tomorrow.


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We’ve redesigned and streamlined our popular “Peaking Plant Applications” white paper with more interactivity and more opportunities to see why our gas turbines are a great fit for Australia. Open it now for a reimagined look at capacity firming in Australia—and if you’re interested, you can still download the entire white paper on the last page.


Which turbine is best for you?

High Efficiency Solution (HES)

Recommended for: Mid-merit, base load and mining applications

Power output/Net efficiency
91 MW52.8%
Power OutputNet Efficiency
Start time/Ramp rate  
Start time simple cycle <5 min
Start time combine cycle <1 hr
Ramp rate 30 MW/min
Standout features:

Standard and modular combined cycle

Quick to install vs. traditional combined cycle

Lower site labour required and reduced schedule risk


Recommended for: Peaking, mid-merit and hybrid grid firming, CC, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Power output/Net efficiency
57 MW41%
Power OutputNet Efficiency
Start time/Ramp rate  
Start time simple cycle <5 min
Ramp rate 50 MW/min
Standout features:

Great for simple and combined-cycle

SPRINT technology adds an additional 5MW of power when needed


Recommended for: Mobile power applications available within 3 months, fast track or short-term duration projects

Power output/Net efficiency
33.6 MW34.8%
Power OutputNet Efficiency
Start time/Ramp rate  
Start time simple cycle <5 min
Ramp rate 30 MW/min
Standout features:

Mobile and easy to transport

Small block size allows good part power turndown and efficiency

Re-locatable if project requirements change

Optional clutchless synchronous condensing


Recommended for: Peaking, mid merit and industrial power applications, suitable for all applications with a smaller power requirement

Power output/Net efficiency
32.5 MW36.5%
Power OutputNet Efficiency
Start time/Ramp rate  
Start time simple cycle <5 min
Ramp rate 30 MW/min
Standout features:

Most reliable aeroderivative gas turbine in the world—reliability consistently above 99.8%

Optional clutchless synchronous condensing


Recommended for: Fast track peaking/mid-merit applications and capital-sensitive shorter-term projects

Power output/Net efficiency
35.8 MW37.4%
Power OutputNet Efficiency
Start time/Ramp rate  
Start time simple cycle <5 min
Ramp rate 30 MW/min
Standout features:

Modularized, prefabricated skid mounted, pre-commissioned solution

Reduced on-site installation and commissioning

Zero gas turbine water consumption requirement

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Ready to dive deeper? Check out our videos and get a front-row seat to the future of energy in Australia.

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