A “black start” is considered to be one of the most difficult tasks in the power business. It consists of rebooting an idle power plant without support from the grid in the event of a major system disruption or a system-wide blackout.
In February 2020, GE was able to announce the successful completion of the first battery energy-storage-assisted black start of a GE 7F gas turbine at the 150 MW simple cycle unit at Entergy Louisiana’s Perryville Power Station.
years of GE experience integrating technology
F-class units in service around the world
This is an innovative use of battery technology that provides another tool to buttress the overall reliability and resiliency of our system.
President and CEO of Entergy Louisiana
Today, the Perryville Power Station is supported by GE’s 7.4 MW battery-based energy storage system paired with the plant’s simple cycle gas turbine. To provide a black start, traditionally some power stations have small diesel generators—normally called black start diesel generator (BSDG)—which can be used to start larger generators (of several megawatts capacity), which in turn can be used to start the main power station generators. It’s hoped that this project can serve as a model for future hybrid energy projects.
GE and Maxim Power worked together to install and upgrade a 7F gas turbine that helped support Canada’s coal-to-gas transition.