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Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear power plants are dependable, continuously generating large-scale, around-the-clock electricity for many months at a time, without interruption.

OVERVIEW

Nuclear power plants are primarily used to provide baseload power and are capable of load-follow operation to help ensure a stable grid when intermittent energies are part of the supply mix.

Nuclear power is the only large scale energy source producing no CO2 or other greenhouse gases, thus fully contributing to mitigation of climate change. Today, more than 440 commercial nuclear power reactors (>400 GW) are in operation and provide about 12 percent of the world’s electricity, with more than 140 GW of new capacity predicted by 2025.

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How it Works

Our Expertise

GE is committed to helping customers lower their energy costs and generate higher revenue, and has designed and manufactured efficient and competitive turbine islands up to 1,900 MW. With GE, customers have a proven turbine island solution that can align with a chosen reactor and site conditions to improve power output.

Turnkey Turbine Island

With more than 200 GW of integrated solutions installed worldwide, GE has the expertise and experience to simplify the management and execution of large-scale projects and plant construction for power plant operators.

Predictable Life Cycle Costs

In addition to improved efficiency, today’s power producers demand lower maintenance costs and high reliability. GE components are designed for excellent reliability and maintainability, with the Arabelle turbine achieving a 99.96% reliability rate.

A Solution for Any Grid

At GE, we understand the need for a flexible baseload. Grid stability and energy security are growing concerns worldwide, particularly with the introduction of intermittent resources in the energy mix.

Our turbine island typical load follow mode for a 1,700 MWe unit compensates for the starting or de-venting of 30 large wind turbines every minute (i.e. 85 MWe/min.).