World’s most efficient coal power plant
EnBW, a German electricity company, needed more power generation capacity to replace existing older fossil-fired power plants and nuclear power plants that arescheduled to be shut down in the coming years. The new plant makes a significant contribution to securing power supplies while supporting one of Germany’s most important industrial regions. To provide the best value to its customers and minimize the environmental impact of its activity, EnBW needed the most efficient solution, and that is exactly what GE delivered.
The RDK8 steam power plant at the Rheinhafen-Dampfkraftwerk electrical generation facility in Karlsruhe, Germany, has achieved a 47.5% net thermal efficiency while producing 919 MW of electricity. Today, RDK8 is the world’s most efficient coal-fired steam power plant.
Emission cut + lower operating cost
GE—in charge of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of RDK8’s power block—brought its best technologies and recognized expertise in large-scale power plants to deliver superior performance. The scope comprises the ultra-supercritical steam generator with firing system, steam turbine with turbogenerator, and the complete water-steam-cycle. With such efficiency, RDK8’s plant operator is expected to reduce specific CO2 emissions by 40% and to save 275,000 tons of coal per year, compared to the global average conventional coal-fired fleet. RDK8 is just one of many success stories surrounding GE'S Smarter, Cleaner Steam Power and reduced emissions.