Turbine fuel technologies

For more than 50 years, GE has cultivated close relationships with owners, operators, and fuel suppliers, so we can understand new fuel trends, expand our capability for existing turbine fuels, qualify new fuels, and actively invest in new combustion technologies. As a result, we have the broadest experience to reliably convert the full spectrum of fuels to mechanical, electrical, and thermal energy. Over the last decade, GE experts have performed over 20,000 hours of combustion testing to validate our technology as well as develop new technologies and expanded fuel capabilities.

Modern gas turbines can operate on a wide variety of fuels, which helps power generation in industrial and utility-scale applications where natural gas or light distillate fuels are not available. This fuel flex capability could play an increasing role in a future low- or zero-carbon energy ecosystem. 

Hydrogen-fueled gas turbines

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Decarbonizing power generation

One path towards a reduced carbon energy system being discussed is the use of hydrogen as a gas turbine fuel. Hydrogen-fueled gas turbines could potentially allow both new and existing power plants to continue operating for decades to come while reducing their carbon emissions. GE’s gas turbines have nearly 30 years of experience operating on a variety of fuels that contain hydrogen totaling over 4 million operating hours with hydrogen concentrations ranging from 5% to 95% (by volume). 

GE Gas Power's variety of fuels

  • Arabian Extra Light Crude Oil (AXL)
  • Arabian Super Light (ASL) 
  • Biodiesel Condensate or Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) 
  • Dimethyl Ether (DME) 
  • Distillate Oil #2 (DO2) 
  • Ethane (C2) 
  • Heavy Crude Oil 
  • Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO)
  • High H2
  • Hydrogen Blends
  • Kerosene (Jet A or Jet A-1)
  • Lean Methane
  • Light Crude Oil (LCO)
  • Liquid Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Liquefied Propane Gas (LPG)
  • Medium Crude Oil
  • Methanol / Ethanol (Alcohol)
  • Naphtha
  • Natural Gas (NG)
  • Sour Gas (H2S)
  • Steel Mill Gases
  • Syngas
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Fuels 101

Gas or liquid, natural or man-made—learn the basics of what fuels our turbines.

Flexible fuel offerings
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Find the right gas turbine to meet your needs

Whether you're generating power for entire cities, electrifying your own operations, or are facing an emergency electricity shortage and need power fast, we can act as a versatile gas turbine supplier, ready to quickly provide a range of solutions.

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9HA

GE’s 9HA high efficiency, air-cooled gas turbine is one of the industry leaders among H-class offerings, and now the 9HA gas turbine is at the heart of the world's most efficient combined-cycle power plant.

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9HA gas turbines are 50% hydrogen (H2) capable with a technology pathway to 100%

9F

With over 450 units deployed to more than 40 countries, GE has the largest operating and most experienced OEM F-class fleet in the world. Our 9F gas turbine delivers consistent performance and accommodates a diverse range of fuels, making it great for a variety of combined cycle and CHP applications.

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9F series turbines are GE’s most advanced F-class technology for 50 Hz applications.

7HA

GE’s 7HA high efficiency air-cooled gas turbine is one of the industry leaders among advanced class gas turbine offerings and is available in three models—the 7HA.01 at 290 MW, the 7HA.02 at 384 MW, and the 7HA.03 at 430 MW.

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7HA gas turbines are up to 50% hydrogen (H2) capable with a technology pathway to 100%

7F

The demands of today’s power generation industry are many: low cost of electricity, dispatch volatility, along with high efficiency, reliability, and asset availability. With approximately 950 installed units producing ~175GW of power in 11 countries, GE’s 7F.04 and 7F.05 gas turbines are proven performers in all these areas.

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7F series gas turbines can balance renewables by load-following at 40 MW/min ramp rates while maintaining emissions compliance.

GT13E2

With unprecedented operational flexibility, robust engineering and long operation intervals, the GT13E2 can be used in many different applications—all while meeting a very broad range of environment and operating conditions.

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GT13e2 gas turbines can run on up to 30% hydrogen fuel.

9E

Formerly known as the Frame 9E, GE Gas Power’s 9E gas turbine can help decrease costs and increase revenue for your plant. From the desert to the tropics to the arctic, the rugged 9E.03 heavy-duty gas turbine provides essential power and performs in a vast number of duty cycles and applications. The 9E.04 gas turbine provides increased power and performance while maintaining the simplicity and operational strengths of the 9E.03.

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9E series gas turbines can run on 52 types of fuel.

LMS100

A single, economical solution for the dispatch needs of nearly every industry condition.

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LMS100 gas turbines can start up in 8 minutes

7E

The 7E.03 gas turbine is recognized as an industry leader for 60 Hz industrial power applications. Its robust architecture and operational flexibility make it well-suited for a variety of peaking, cyclic, and baseload operations. With state-of-the-art fuel handling equipment, multi-fuel combustion system options, and advanced gas path features, the 7E gas turbine can accommodate a full range of fuel alternatives while helping to deliver better efficiency and lower emissions than other technologies in its class.

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7E series gas turbines can deliver 100% load in 10 minutes.

6F

GE’s 6F gas turbines offer the superior performance, reliability, and flexibility typically associated with larger power plants. The 6F models, including the 6F.01 and the 6F.03 gas turbines, pack a lot of power into a small package, offering durability and flexibility for harsh, remote, or floating power environments. Whether it be for 50 or 60 Hz, the 6F gas turbines maintain best-in-class efficiency and exhaust energy for combined cycle and CHP performance. The 6F.01 and 6F.03 offer segment-leading approximately 32,000-hour combustion and hot gas path inspection intervals.

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6F gas turbines offer fuel flexibility and hydrogen capability while maintaining the reliability you’ve come to depend on

LM6000

A leader in the +40 MW space, the LM6000 has over 40 million operating hours and more than 1,300 units shipped.

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LM6000 gas turbines can start up in 5 minutes

6B

Its ability to operate in island mode, coupled with multiple decades of proven rugged performance, make the 6B.03 an excellent solution for remote installations and extreme operating conditions. The rugged, reliable 6B.03 heavy-duty gas turbine is a popular choice for refineries, natural gas liquefaction power, CHP applications, and industrial power.

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6B gas turbines can operate on a wide range of non-standard gas or liquid fuels, including over 90% hydrogen

LM2500

The LM2500 family of aeroderivative gas turbines boasts several times the operating experience of its competitors combined, and its flexibility and reliability are unsurpassed.

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LM2500 gas turbines feature >99.8% availability

TM2500

Introducing one of the world’s most modular, reliable, and experienced mobile gas turbines.

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TM2500 gas turbines can be installed and commissioned in 11 days