Addressing climate change must be an urgent global priority. To change course, the world must act quickly to decarbonize every aspect of modern life, from transportation to power. This requires a global effort built on cooperation and coordination from every major institution, government, and company to face and meet the challenge.
GE knows that the power sector serves as a model for other industries around the world. We believe that lower-carbon solutions, such as renewable energy supported by gas power, can contribute to a more decarbonized energy future. Their complementary nature offers tremendous potential to help cut carbon emissions with the speed and scale the world requires.
When it comes to gas power, coal-to-gas switching represents a fast and effective win for emissions reduction in many regions around the world. In addition, switching turbines from natural gas to hydrogen, and introducing carbon capture solutions, can lead to low or near zero carbon emissions.
GE offers the industry’s most experienced gas turbine fleet in hydrogen and similar low-BTU fuel operations, with more than six million operating hours in decades of use across more than 75 gas turbines. And we continue to invest in research and development into hydrogen and carbon capture technologies in close partnership with GE’s Global Research Center—to help further advance a low or near-zero carbon footprint for gas power.
Our position on decarbonization takes into account the “trilemma” facing every country when it comes to the future of energy: simultaneously balancing affordability, reliability, and sustainability. Depending on the level of economic development in each country, the solution to the trilemma looks different. We offer customized technology that supports decarbonization across the mix of energy sources unique to each grid. Our world-record-holding high efficiency gas turbines and upgrade solutions, fast and flexible aeroderivatives and tailor-made studies by our Energy Consulting team can make a more universal decarbonization of the energy system possible and easier.
Together, renewables and natural gas will help drive towards a cleaner energy future. And no one is better prepared to deliver that future than GE. Through our reach. Our knowledge. Our commitment. To building a more sustainable world. A cleaner world. A better world. A world that works for all of us. Take a look at how we are building a pathway to zero emissions.
Join co-hosts Dr. Jeff Goldmeer and Brian Gutknecht for another six episodes of Cutting Carbon to learn more about hydrogen-based fuels, capturing and sequestering carbon, and hear from a power producer on tangible pathways to a more decarbonized future.
GE believes the accelerated and strategic deployment of renewables and gas power can change the near-term trajectory for climate change and make substantive reductions in emissions quickly.
Besides the major role they play in generating electricity for the world today and tomorrow, the other advantage of gas turbines is that they are able to operate on many other fuels besides natural gas. This White Paper describes the ways Hydrogen can be used in gas turbines.
There are technical pathways for gas power to achieve a low or near-zero carbon generating footprint through the use of low and zero-carbon fuels—including hydrogen—as well as carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technologies. This White paper discusses post-combustion carbon capture technologies that can be installed on both new and existing assets.
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas: ~25 times more potent than CO2 on a pound-for-pound basis. Any comprehensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must address methane emissions as well as CO2 emissions. This White Paper describes the sources of methane emissions and cost-effective actions that are available today to reduce methane emissions.
South Africa’s energy needs are urgent and require an energy environment that will increase access and spur industrialization while addressing its climate change ambitions. A combination of renewables and gas power will be the fastest and most cost-effective pathway to decarbonization for South Africa.