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GE Chosen to Build World's Largest Commercial Biomass-Fired Power Plant

February 25, 2016
  • GE Combines Technology from the GE Store to Provide Overall Design, Engineering and Construction of BEE’s New Plant in Ghent, Belgium
  • Project is Powered by Wood Chips and Agro Residues and Will Generate Approximately 215 Megawatts of Cleaner Energy for Industry and Nearby Households Reaching over 60 Percent Efficiency When Operating in Cogeneration Mode
  • District Heating System to Produce Approximately 110 Megawatts of Thermal Energy 

HOUSTON-FEBRUARY 25, 2016-GE (NYSE: GE) announced today that it has been selected[1] by Mechelen-based Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) to build the largest greenfield, 100 percent biomass-fired power plant in the world. The supercritical plant, which will be powered by wood chips and agro residues, will generate approximately 215 megawatts (MW) of cleaner energy for the industry and nearby households reaching over 60 percent efficiency when operating in cogeneration mode. This deal demonstrates the value of GE’s newly expanded portfolio of solutions for customers based on the combined strength of GE’s Steam Power Systems and Alstom’s energy technologies.

GE Steam Power Systems will provide the overall design, engineering and construction of the plant and the integration of the in-house critical parts of the power block including the circulating fluidized bed boiler, steam turbine, generator and air quality control systems.

“We are pleased to work with GE on this project and with their approach to focus on optimizing the technical solution for this plant outcome of the plant,” said Michael Corten, CEO, Belgian Eco Energy. “GE’s technology will help us reach the highest net efficiency, reduce operational costs.”

BEE’s new plant also will be fitted with a district heating system of approximately 110 MW thermal energy to supply heating to industries and households in the city of Ghent, Belgium. Commercial operation is planned for 2019.

“By leveraging technologies across different GE businesses-the GE Store-we are well positioned to provide complete, customized solutions to best meet our customers’ needs,” said Steve Bolze, president and CEO, GE Power. “The project in Ghent demonstrates GE’s capabilities to deliver a broad range of steam power technologies to help our customers deliver reliable power across a variety of fuels including biomass, coal and nuclear-based technologies.”

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

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About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

[1] A technical selection is one of the first steps in developing a new power plant. It means that if the power plant is constructed and commissioned, it will use GE technology. Following technical selection, a developer will proceed with securing financing, permitting and more.

Katie Jackson
GE Power
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Katja Antila
GE Capital
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Katja Antila
GE Steam Power Systems
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