Securing the UK’s energy future with carbon-free technology

With an increase in power plants retirement by 2030, the UK is facing a critical challenge to secure and stabilize its energy production. The need for additional energy supply to secure the UK grid is now critical and the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant is part of the solution. Nuclear provides dependable, CO2-free energy and, when complete, HPC is expected to deliver around 7% of the UK’s power generation capacity for the next 60 years.EDF Energy, the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, is at the forefront of the new nuclear power plant development in the country, including the Hinkley Point C (HPC) power plant, featuring two EPR reactors. Once in operation, HPC is expected to deliver more than 3.2 GW to the grid, enough to cover 6 million homes, and avoid 9 million tons of CO2 emissions each year.

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Meet the two largest steam turbines ever built

GE will supply the two conventional power islands for HPC, which include the ARABELLE™ steam turbine, generator, and other critical equipment. This technology came to GE through last year’s Alstom acquisition.

The ARABELLE steam turbine wasted no time in setting a record at HPC. Already the largest steam turbine in operation for the past 10 years, the ARABELLE produces 2% more power output than a traditional configuration and has a 99.96% reliability rate. HPC’s ARABELLE turbines will be the largest ever built—longer than an Airbus 380 —and capable of producing 1,770 MW each.

million homes powered
million tons of CO2 avoided each year
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