Over the past two decades, CFB technology—including CFB boiler operation and CFB boiler design—has demonstrated its ability to efficiently utilize a wide variety of fuels while still meeting stringent stack emission limits.

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Our CFB boiler technology allows for a wide range of fuels to be burned efficiently. This includes low-grade and difficult-to-burn fuels such as anthracite, lignite, petroleum coke, oil shale, discarded coal, and biomass within a wide range of mixing rates.

Low inherent NOx emissions at 50-200 mg/Nm3

Selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) systems can be added to our CFB boilers, leading to even lower NOx emissions.

Low SO2 emissions with 95-98% sulfur removal

Injection of prepared and dried limestone in the furnace. Dry scrubber NID (Novel Integrated Desulphurization) can achieve 98% sulfur removal while reducing limestone consumption.

Ultra-Supercritical Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Boilers

660 MWe for lignite B, higher for hard coal

  • Ultra-supercritical 285 bar, 605°C/623°C (MS/RH)
  • More than three points increased net plant efficiency relative to subcritical
  • 6% reduction of CO2 footprint 
  • Inherent low NOx emission with our air staging 
  • Just-In-Time (JIT*) system for limestone drying and crushing available for direct limestone feeding.
  • Low SO2 emission without backend treatment
  • Designed for reliability:
    • Our circulating fluidized bed boilers are made of materials that are well-tested for pressure parts and have many years of onsite experience
    • Multiple fuel feeders and ash extraction ports
    • Standardized modules that allow changing outputs, fuels, and steam temperatures

Learn how CFB Boilers are a part of GE's Smarter, Cleaner Steam Power initiative.

Fluidized Bed Boiler Specifications


Dual-Grate Arrangement

Design for specific requirements

Three-Bay Arrangement

Most common CFB design

Advanced Supercritical CFB

Large-sized CFB firing system

Fuel Entire range of fuels, including opportunity fuels such as petroleum coke, biomass, waste coal, oil shale, etc.
Steam Cycle



  • Ultra-supercritical
  • Supercritical
Size (MWe)



  • 660 for lignite B
  • Higher for hard coal
Superheater Outlet Steam Pressure (bar)

≤ 175

≤ 175

≤ 285

Superheater Steam Temperature (°C)

≤ 565

≤ 565

≤ 605

Reheater Steam Temperature (°C)

≤ 565

≤ 565

≤ 623


Design Features
  • Four cyclones
  • Double grates
  • External beds
  • Up to three cyclones in line
  • Single grate
  • In-furnace panels
  • Steam cooled cyclones
  • Modular concept
  • Standardized modules
  • Up to 8 cyclones
  • Steam cooled cyclones
  • Double fluidizing grates
  • External beds
  • In-furnace box columns
  • In-furnace U-shaped panels
  • CFB/NID integrated technology
  • SNCR in-house injection grid
  • JIT limestone feed system

Contact GE Steam Power today to learn more about our CFB boiler & combustion technology.