An Essential Role in the Global Power Mix
As the world’s need for accessible power grows, coal power will continue to be a vital method to meet this demand. However, to limit emissions, it is essential that coal power plants are optimized for maximum efficiency and rely on leading air quality and pollution control technologies. GE’s Smarter, Cleaner Steam Power initiative aims to do just that.
With nearly 900 billion tons of reserves, coal power remains a vital part of the energy mix that includes renewables as well as gas power generation. Today, 40% of the world’s electricity is produced from coal power and we predict that amount will decrease only slightly, to 30%, over the next decade.
With this 30% predicted usage, emissions from coal power plants will continue to be a major area of focus. As part of ecomagination, GE is committed to reducing environmental impact on a global scale, and across all sources of power generation that countries need to fuel economic development. Through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, GE is dedicated to ensuring coal power plants are as efficient as possible and to limiting the effects of coal-fired power plants on the environment through emission reduction technologies.
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Smarter. Cleaner. Steam Power.
To respond to the power needed worldwide, we have developed a portfolio of Smarter, Cleaner Steam Power technologies to meet the world’s electricity needs.
Higher efficiency means better economics
Higher efficiency can lead to both improved economics and reduced greenhouse emissions from coal power. Our ultra-supercritical technologies achieve the highest efficiency rate at a coal power plant, delivering 47.5% against the global average of 33%. The reduction of CO2 emissions is significant, as every percentage point improvement in efficiency reduces CO2 emissions from coal power plants by 2%.
We are pushing the technology’s limit to improve coal power plant efficiency even further. In fact, we know that we can get an additional 1.5 points of efficiency and have a path to even greater coal power plant efficiencies before the year is out.
For a 1000 MW base plant, this means more than 100,000 tons reduction in annual coal consumption, 180,000 tons of CO2 saved per year, and an economic benefit of $80 million in additional value per year for our customers.
Lower coal power plant emissions means cleaner air
With 80 years of experience and the broadest range of air quality control systems (AQCS) for coal power, our technology can address all the sources of non-greenhouse gas emissions, like NOx, SOx and particulate matter from any coal-fired power plant to meet and exceed the world’s strictest emissions regulations.
Cleaner air means a higher acceptance of coal-fired plants in local communities, and equally important, by lenders and financial institutions–leading to better financing terms for our customers.
Add digital capabilties
By combining the physical strengths of GE’s coal-fired steam plant technology with our industry-leading digital capabilities powered by Predix, we can deliver better performance, greater efficiencies, and improved reliability of existing and future coal power plants.
Our Digital Power Plant software interprets data from more than 10,000 sensors to improve coal-fired steam power plant performance and increase efficiency up to 1.5 percentage points, allow for 5% less unplanned downtime and 3% lower CO2 emissions.
When steam plants are operating in grid demand mode, they are required them to ramp-up faster and more often than they were originally designed to do—making real-time monitoring especially important.
It all adds up
All of this translates to lower operating costs for our customers—up to $80 million in a 1000 MW coal power plant. Lower operating costs, higher efficiency and lower coal power plant emissions are more attractive to export credit agencies and lenders.
GE is also working with GE Capital Energy Financial Services as well as third parties to fund clean energy projects. Additionally, we partner with governments and international organizations to identify new funding.
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Flexible Offering for Coal and Oil Plants
Our Plant Integrator approach is based on our ability to combine GE’s components and auxiliary equipment into fully enhanced and integrated systems. The return of experience from manufacturing, construction, commissioning, and operation results in a systematic continuous improvement of GE’s components and standardized/pre-engineered solutions. This leads to improved performance, as well as cost and delivery time reduction of our offering to our key markets and helps our customers achieve and exceed their objectives
GE applies the concept of flexible offerings across our portfolio, allowing our customers to select from a portfolio of products and systems that meet their specific requirements, while maintaining the key benefits of standardization and pre-engineering processes.
INTEGRATED POWER PACKAGE (I.PP)
GE’s Integrated Power Package (i.PP) supplies our customers with our world-class boilers, and turbines, all of which have been conceptualized to operate as one unit, allowing us to provide excellent performance and power output.
GE’s flexible offering allows for excellent layout of the turbine hall, providing significant savings in construction and labor costs.
GE’s competitive power block offering is based on our extensive global experience integrating key components with varied scope of supply and our proven solutions.
Full Turnkey Power Plant
GE’s range of capabilities in design and integration of steam power plant solutions gives us a unique perspective that allows us to analyze the entire plant over its full life cycle as an integrated system.