Diversifying our portfolio

Taiwan’s changing power landscape with efficient gas power

Taiwan’s government has set an ambitious goal to phase out all nuclear power sources by 2025 and increase the island's use of natural gas to 50%. At the same time, Taiwan is reducing its use of coal and increasing renewable resources. This rapidly changing energy mix is creating opportunities for Taiwan to diversify into fast, flexible, more efficient gas technologies like the 7HA that will help balance the island's electricity grid and meet future demand.

Balancing the grid

GE Power Taiwan LTD, a partnership based on trust

GE is playing a key role in helping Taiwan achieve its energy goals and is committed to working closely with local partners like Taiwan Power Company (TPC). GE’s relationship with TPC dates back to 2016, when the leading electricity provider awarded GE its first major project in Taiwan for the Datan 7 plant in Taoyuan. In 2019, TPC selected GE’s latest HA technology for its new Datan 8 & 9 combined-cycle power plant, and the most recent Hsinta and Taichung projects will be GE’s fourth HA gas turbine project in Taiwan. Learn more about how GE is helping balance Taiwan’s electricity grid and meet future demand.

Grid firming

Maintaining a stable power supply for Taiwan

The Taiwan government has a target of 20% renewables in the energy mix by 2025, and 25% by 2030. To achieve these targets, Taiwan needs the addition of another energy source to provide secure and stable power supply at any time, particularly when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.

How does gas help provide a more stable grid?

Grid firming—also known as nameplate capacity firming, capacity firming, or renewable firming—is widely used to keep the grid stable in the face of potential wind, solar, and hydro intermittency. Gas-fired power plants are available regardless of the time of day or weather conditions, providing dependable capacity as long as needed—minutes, hours, days or weeks at a time.  If gaps arise in renewable energy supply, an ancillary resource like a GE gas turbine fills those gaps and helps maintain grid stability. 

The latest technology

Best in class gas turbines for Taiwan

GE introduced H-class technology to the industry 26 years ago. Today, GE’s HA product portfolio is engineered to reduce carbon emissions and help support today’s flexible power generation needs. Our HA gas turbine fleet is the latest evolution of our proven 7F technology, and it features the lowest cost conversion of fuel to power—which translates to more power at a lower cost. In fact, based on our many commissioned projects around the world, the 7HA gas turbine can deliver the lowest cost per kWh as compared to other gas turbine technologies.

If you’re looking to add smaller blocks of power to existing plants, GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines are a fast, cost-effective solution. With more than 100 million total operating hours, our aeroderivative gas turbines offer flexible and reliable power with engineering expertise from aviation engines.

  • 7HA.03 gas turbine
  • Aero gas turbines

 

Cost-effective, proven technology

7HA.03 gas turbine

The 7HA.03 is the most efficient 60Hz gas turbine in the world. This latest technology features more than 64% combined-cycle efficiency, higher than any other competing technology available today.

With the 7HA gas turbine fleet, you will benefit from:

  • Longstanding presence in Taiwan
  • Proven technology, global experience
  • Industry–leading reliability and availability
  • Operational flexibility–operating with natural gas or liquids
  • Higher combined–cycle efficiency
  • 430 MW of additional power
  • Fast ramp rate–75 MW/min.
  • Ease of maintenance

 
 

A leader in H-class technology

Proven technology and combined-cycle efficiency

The highly efficient, air-cooled 7HA gas turbine is an industry leader in the H-class space, delivering exceptionally low lifecycle costs per megawatt.

Proven technology

Field and test cell validated

Installing a gas turbine in your plant shouldn’t involve any risks. Across our HA fleet, each original turbine is put through a rigorous full-speed, full-load (FSFL) validation test at our Greenville, South Carolina facility. This $200 million investment allows us to push the units beyond real-world conditions—running the turbines at 110% of their rated speeds at load, and replicating the harshest conditions, from the Arabian desert to the mountains of Colorado—all to help ensure that our customers have security of supply for their end users.

Combined-cycle efficiency

Cost-efficient conversion of fuel to electricity

Our H-class gas turbines enable the most cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity to help utilities meet increasing power demands while saving fuel and operating costs and meeting local emissions requirements. Our HA gas turbines have earned two world records for efficiency—one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant for EDF in Bouchain, France (achieving 62.22% efficiency on a net combined-cycle basis on a 50 Hz grid), and a second world record for achieving 63.08% gross efficiency on a 60 Hz grid at the Nishi-Nagoya Power Station in Japan.

Global and local experience

A powerful installed base

GE introduced the first H-class gas turbine 18 years ago, and since then our engineering teams have been making continuous performance enhancements. Now GE’s fastest-growing gas turbines in its class, our HA fleet of 44 commercial units has accumulated more than 650,000 operating hours.  In total, more than 45 customers have ordered more than 100 gas turbines.  Learn more about the benefits of the HA gas turbine fleet.

Simplified modular construction

Faster installation reduces time and cost

GE’s HA gas turbine auxiliary systems are pre-configured, factory-assembled and tested modules engineered to reduce field connections, piping, and valves. This translates to a simpler, faster installation that requires less labor and reduces field schedule and installation quality risks while improving overall installation times—up to 25% quicker compared to GE F-class gas turbine enclosures. This modular configuration also makes it easier for technicians to perform any needed maintenance over the gas turbine’s lifecycle.

The aero advantage

LM2500XPRESS* and TM2500*

Born from aviation technology 40 years ago, our aeroderivative portfolio features highly flexible and mobile technologies for a wide variety of applications, including utility generation, marine propulsion, district heating, grid stability, and mobile power. GE has an installed base of >1,400 aeroderivative gas turbines deployed in >60 countries representing more than 59 GW of installed capacity, with a total of >150M operating hours. GE’s LM2500XPRESS aero gas turbine is already the gas turbine of choice for TPC, which recently ordered six LM2500XPRESS gas turbines for its Tung Hsiao Power Plant Renewal Project.

Local presence

GE in Taiwan, by the numbers

GE has been playing an important role in supporting the development of Taiwan since 1961. Today, GE's footprint in Taiwan includes ten offices across eight locations, including more than 500 employees in Taiwan, in the Healthcare, Aviation and Power businesses. GE also has a strong installed base in Taiwan, with 30+ gas turbines, providing almost 6,000 MW of installed capacity. With our global experience across diverse industries, GE is well-positioned to support Taiwan’s 5+2 Industrial Innovation Plan, which focuses on seven industries and projects that will promote innovation, create high-income job opportunities, and support balanced development in high-value business sectors.

Hydrogen-ready gas turbines

Supporting Taiwan's decarbonization journey with hydrogen

GE is the world leader in the application of fuels containing hydrogen in gas turbines. Over the last 30 years, our turbines have logged more than 8 million operating hours operating on hydrogen and associated low-Btu fuels using concentrations ranging from 5% to 95% (by volume) of hydrogen. GE recently announced new HA-powered pilot projects focused on demonstrating power plants capable of operating on hydrogen. GE’s H-class gas turbine portfolio currently has the capability to burn up to 50% by volume with a future path to 100% of hydrogen when blended with natural gas. This experience has helped GE become one of the world leaders in the application of fuels containing hydrogen in gas turbines.

We have hosted several customer webinars on the topic of decarbonization and the use of hydrogen in gas turbines. Browse these webinars below—now available on demand—to learn more from our GE and other industry experts.

Customer stories
  • TPC
  • Chiahui
  • GS Power
  • Chubu
  • Long Ridge
  • PSEG
  • FPL
  • Blue Hills
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Working with TPC to address Taiwan’s changing power landscape

Highlights

5 GW

of power in Taiwan from GE gas turbines

430 MW

output for the 7HA.03

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"Building on a proven track record of delivering and commissioning projects in Taiwan, GE is proud to support Taiwan Power Company in their energy transition program to increase electricity production capacity with more efficient technologies, and bring fast, flexible power to Taiwan."

Ramesh Singaram

President and CEO, GE Gas Power Asia

Project details

Taiwan’s government has set an ambitious goal to phase out all nuclear power sources by 2025 and increase the island's use of natural gas to 50%. At the same time, Taiwan is reducing its use of coal and increasing renewable resources. This rapidly changing energy mix is creating opportunities for Taiwan to diversify into fast, flexible, more efficient gas technologies that will help balance the island's electricity grid and help meet future demand. In September 2020, GE Gas Power announced that it was selected as the successful bidder for the 6,500 MW Hsinta and Taichung combined-cycle power plants initiated by Taiwan Power Company (TPC).

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Making safety a priority for Chiahui Power Corporation

Highlights

In July 2020, Chiahui Power Corporation’s combined-cycle power plant in Chiayi province, Taiwan, was given a “Model Site Award” by Taiwan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration Agency (OSHA). It’s a top honor for safety protocols and marks the first time a construction site from an IPP project was selected as a model site in Taiwan.

  

550 MW

additional output to Taiwan

10 minute

7HA ramp up to full load

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"We selected Chiahui Power Plant as a model site for Southern Taiwan for the demonstrated excellence in training management, the permit to work management system and safe lifting operations, which we recommend as a best practice in construction."
 

Mr. Hsu

Southern Taiwan OSHA Director

Project details

More recently, GE constructed a full turnkey power plant for Chiahui, powered by GE’s record-setting 7HA.02 gas turbine. Now in operation, the power plant has added about 535 MW of electricity to the Taiwanese national grid—the equivalent needed to power approximately 600,000 homes while supporting Taiwan’s decarbonization goals.

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Helping GS Power provide reliable power for district heating in Korea

Highlights

91%

7HA.02 efficiency in district heating mode

1.87 million

Korean homes powered by the 7HA.02

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"With GE as our partner, the benefits begin even before the power is online. The modular design configuration of GE’s 7HA technology simplifies construction and reduces installation time. Given the growth in Anyang and our need for efficient energy, that’s a real advantage."
 

Eung-Hwan Kim

Vice President, GS Power

Project details

Korea’s GS Power expanded its relationship with GE with an order for a second high-efficiency 7HA.02 gas turbine and associated clutched steam turbine as well as signing a long-term services agreement. The equipment will be used for a new combined-cycle power plant in Anyang, Korea, a suburb outside Seoul. The Anyang project will replace an aging gas-fired cogeneration plant, increasing GS Power’s plant efficiency and helping to meet growing energy needs.

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Creating the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant in Japan for Chubu Electric

Highlights

63.08%

efficiency

1,188 MW

power output

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"The targeted efficiency of this project is about 62% while it was only 40% in the old facility. Efficiency has increased by 1.5 times.”

Yoshiyuki Tachi

General Manager, Nishi-Nagoya Thermal Power Construction Office

Project details

Japan’s Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya power plant Block-1 was recognized as the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency running three 7HA.01 gas turbines from GE. The gas turbines are providing more than 1,188 MW of power to the grid, enough to provide electricity to the equivalent of about 2.7 million homes in Japan.

JERA has taken responsibility for the existing thermal power generation businesses of Chubu Electric Power and TEPCO Fuel & Power. The Nishi Nagoya Power Station is now owned by JERA.

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Decarbonizing the future with Long Ridge Energy

Highlights

30 years

GE experience burning hydrogen-containing fuels

100%

capability of 7HA.02 to transition to hydrogen over time

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"We are thrilled to work with the Long Ridge and New Fortress Energy teams on this first-of-its kind GE HA-powered project that will drive a cleaner energy future by utilizing hydrogen to ultimately produce carbon-free power. As one of the leaders in decarbonization in the gas turbine industry and the OEM with the most fleet experience in using alternative low heating value fuels including hydrogen, we look forward to applying more than 80 years of experience to help Long Ridge achieve its goal of providing reliable, affordable, and lower-carbon power to its customers."
 

Scott Strazik

CEO of GE’s Global Energy Business Portfolio

Project details

With countries all over the world looking for ways to decarbonize energy and fight climate change, GE Gas Power just helped the US take an important first step. Together with New Fortress Energy, GE Gas Power announced that Long Ridge in Ohio will be the first purpose-built hydrogen-burning power plant in the United States and the first worldwide to blend hydrogen in a GE H-class gas turbine. The plant utilizes a GE 7HA.02 combustion turbine, which can burn between 15-20% hydrogen by volume in the gas stream initially, with the capability to transition to 100% hydrogen over time.

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Planning for the future with PSEG Fossil

Highlights

538 MW

combined-cycle power plant

50%

emissions reduction

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"Our new Sewaren 7 plant and the 7HA.02 gas turbine will help provide the market industry with more reliable and cleaner power at a lower cost of generation while also supporting the local economy with employment opportunities and tax revenues."
 

Rich Lopriore

President of PSEG Fossil LLC

Project details

PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, was seeking to retire the four existing units at its 70-year-old Sewaren Generating Station in northern New Jersey. The utility set out to commission a solution that would capitalize on lower gas prices as well as reduce power plant emissions. PSEG Fossil has replaced units 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the old Sewaren plant with a new 538-MW combined-cycle power plant—Sewaren 7—featuring GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine. In the event of a shortfall in natural gas supply, the turbine is dual-fuel capable and can operate on ultra-low sulfur distillate (ULSD) fuel oil. Compared to the old steam generators, Sewaren 7 produces the same amount of power with the 7HA.02 turbine from half the quantity of fuel and reduces emissions by about 50%.

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Meeting the growing needs of Florida Power & Light with the 7HA.03

Highlights

$300 million

net savings for FPL customers

24/7

for homes and businesses

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"At FPL, we’re committed to delivering reliable energy, and as part of our longstanding program of modernizing our fleet of power-generating facilities, we are replacing an aging power plant with a new, highly efficient energy center using GE’s latest gas technology. By utilizing the most-advanced, most-efficient gas turbine in GE’s 60-hertz fleet, the 7HA.03 gas turbine, the FPL Dania Beach Clean Energy Center will allow FPL to continue delivering to customers the affordable energy they expect from us 24/7 to power their homes and businesses."
 

Bill Yeager

Executive vice president of engineering, construction & integrated supply chain at FPL

Project details

Access to affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity is fundamental to quality of life in the modern world. To meet this growing need, Florida Power & Light (FPL) decided to install the first 7HA.03 gas turbine, the latest evolution of GE’s HA gas turbine, at its Dania Beach Clean Energy Center near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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Powering paradise with cheaper, cleaner, faster power for Bahamas Power

Highlights

34 MW

TM2500 output

42 days

installation time

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"The highest peak of energy consumption during summer in New Providence is 250 MW and in winter goes down to 160-170 MW. Having an additional of up to 34 MW is significant for our operation and will allow us to deliver a better service to our customers and to the millions of tourists who visit us every year. On top of that, this kind of technology could enable us to respond more quickly to natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian."
 

K. Quincy Parker

Director of Public Relations, BPL

Project details

GE Gas Power helped quickly get more power to the Bahamas with the installation of a TM2500 aeroderivative gas turbine at Bahamas Power and Light’s Blue Hills power plant, which is helping stabilize the grid, support renewable power generation, and protect against disasters.

Services

Repairs and service centers in Asia

With local repair capabilities and the strength of our global expertise, GE is the service provider of choice in Asia, where we have 90% in-region self-sufficiency for heavy-duty gas turbines—including the HA. The Advanced Manufacturing & Repair Technology Center (AMRT) in Singapore is dedicated to providing H-class combined-cycle plant operators with fast support.

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