Renewable energy sources are an important part of Australia’s future, but making sure that renewable energy sources are providing stable, dispatchable power is no easy task. GE’s aeroderivative gas turbines offer an efficient solution for quickly stabilizing the grid, providing a firm offtake solution for your customers, and are hydrogen-ready and capable.
The growth in renewables and the scheduled retirement of large baseload coal-fired power stations is creating an opportunity for flexible gas-fired power plants and capacity firming solutions. The rise of solar and wind power has led to an accompanying decrease in reliability and security of supply on the grid, and with the Australian Energy Marketing Operator (AEMO) forecasting an increase in load-shedding over the next few years, the need for a dispatchable solution is clear.
Also known as grid firming, capacity firming is a vital characteristic for any power generation system. While renewable power generation sources are now essentially competitive with traditional power generation alternatives, they can have adverse system impacts if they are not carefully integrated into the grid. Wind and solar are typically non-dispatchable and their nameplate capacity does not always align with the required power demand and can’t always respond quickly and effectively to the dynamic needs of the power system.