Overview

GE and Florida Power & Light (FPL) recently celebrated the commercial operation of the world’s first GE 7HA.03 gas turbines at the Dania Beach Clean Energy Center, near Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

The challenge

The largest electric utility in the U.S., FPL is undergoing the country’s largest solar expansion and needed more reliable, efficient, flexible and fuel-efficient power for its South Florida residents.

The solution

GE provided two 7HA.03 gas turbines, which are currently the world’s largest, most efficient and flexible 60 Hz gas turbines in operation. As a result of this modernization, Dania Beach's Clean Energy Center is now delivering up to 1,260 MW of reliable power to one of the most populated areas of Florida—while dramatically reducing emissions to support the state’s environmental goals.

Outcomes

2 X 7HA.03

gas turbines installed

250,000 homes

Powered by GE’s 7HA.03 gas turbines

$330 million

potential cost savings

Up to 70%

emissions reduction

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With GE’s cutting-edge HA technology, the Dania Beach Clean Energy Center is now one of the most fuel-efficient plants in the world and will save customers even more money while further reducing our environmental footprint.

Eric Silagy

FPL Chairman and CEO

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As part of its plans to expand solar power generation, Florida Power and Light hopes to eventually run its gas turbines on hydrogen instead of natural gas to reduce carbon emissions from the utility’s power plants to near zero. A pilot project that also uses GE technology is currently under way to test the use of green hydrogen. Currently, GE’s 7HA.03 gas turbine can already burn up to 50% hydrogen blended with natural gas, thanks to its DLN 2.6e combustion system, which allows for the lowest emissions possible today.

The 7HA.03 gas turbine offers industry-leading performance, with more than 64% net combined-cycle efficiency, 75 MW ramp rate per minute, enhanced flexibility and the lowest cost conversion of gas to electricity for 60 Hz grids. FPL estimates that the new gas turbines could save up to—and possibly more than—$330 million over the life of the project.

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