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It Doesn’t Fly – But Still Fantastic

Conquering The Air

GE has a long history of helping conquer the air in building some of the world’s most trusted jet engines. That same cutting edge technology provides an equally amazing opportunity on the ground. Having provided flight capability for over 4,000 commercial aircraft amounting to over 180 million flight hours, GE has a huge range of experience to apply. They may have started out rocketing through the skies but GE’s aeroderivative engines are equally impressive in their earth-bound applications.

Aeroderivative engines offer both high efficiency and superb reliability. What else would you expect from technology designed to keep planes in the air? They also offer the benefits of fast installation and a wide ranging operational flexibility. With applications which offer a valuable contribution in industries from oil and gas to aviation, it’s flexibility that truly sets GE’s aeroderivative engines apart.

It’s Just Plane Flexible. 

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Flexiblity isn’t just about the range of applications, it’s about the speed of delivery. GE’s TM2500+ aeroderivative engine is a versatile dual-fuel mobile power generation solution designed to be quickly deployed when needed. The unit can be delivered and installed in mere days, and from start-up can achieve 100% capability in an astonishing 10 minutes.

It’s that flexibility which offered an emergency solution in 2014 in the wake of Hurricane Odile, one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in Mexico. Four TM2500+ units were quickly deployed, generating roughly 100MW of electricity for the local grid and helping speed up recovery efforts. They may have arrived on one of the world’s largest aircraft, the monstrous Antonov An-124, but the engines themselves were the true marvel in supplying essential, reliable energy to the region.

That reliability is a key factor in why GE engines are often chosen as an efficient solution to more permanent power solutions. Aeroderivative engines have been deployed across the world, including in significant installations here in ASEAN. GE’s LM600-PG engines supply over 80MW of efficient, efficient energy in the Senipah Power Plant, Indonesia, helping address the challenges faced in providing electricity to the estimated 70 million people in the country who still lack access.

Powering The Ground.

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These solutions may not create the same awe as watching a jet plane cruise across the clear blue sky but the practical solutions of these applications are a huge benefit. This is true in Myanmar where GE’s aeroderivative application was one of the first projects delivered in the country after the recent lifting of sanctions by the US government. In supplying two LM6000-PC Sprint aeroderivative engines, GE delivered near 100MW of additional power to meet the countries rapidly growing electricity needs.

The LM6000 has been a true success story of GE’s aeroderivative range, with over 1,000 units shipped to customers globally and more than 21 million operating hours achieved. By providing operational co-generation the LM6000 can offer dual heat and energy generation, providing power plants like that at Bangpa-In, in Thailand, increased efficiency while delivering all the benefits of GE’s established technology.

This reliability is a vital key take away from the aviation industry. What is essential in the air is equally as important on the ground. GE doesn’t simply keep the planes flying, it helps ensure that locations from which they take off run just as smoothly. GE’s aeroderivative engines provide co-generation solutions for some of the busiest airports in the world. New York JFK, London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Malaysia’s very own Kuala Lumpur International Airport are all powered by GE’s technology.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport itself benefits from a less well known side of this co-generation technology. The GE engines provide an integrated cooling system, delivering 27,500 tons of chilled water for air conditioning purposes. The plant is further able to provide power for the airport and the wider electric grid. And thanks to the dual fuel solution offered by the LM2500 engines the system can be powered by gas, with Jet A-1 fuel as backup, ensuring continued operations in the unlikely event of a disruption of the standard fuel supply. That means nobody will have to stand in line for check-in, sweating under the heat and worried about whether the lights will stay on long enough for their holiday to start.

Don’t Sweat It.

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Whether enjoying the pleasure of air travel or delivering the power to keep an airport running, GE’s technology offers a solution. That solution began in the skies. Now the technology delivers answers on the ground. Aeroderivative generators may not set your heart pounding with the roar of a jet engine, but for so many people they offer something even more precious: a source of efficient, reliable energy.

So next time you look up to wave at a jet flying by, think too of the radio that comes on when you flick a switch, of the street lights that brighten your neighbourhood and the cool air that washes over you in the airport. GE is committed to great solutions, and what could be greater than harnessing the power of a jet engine to improve our lives on the ground. Now that truly is imagination at work.

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