GE is to supply China's Harbin Electric (HE) with its latest gas turbines featuring 'FlexEfficiency' technology.
As part of a memorandum of understanding, HE is to purchase four 9FB gas turbines from GE before the end of 2013, including two that will incorporate FlexEfficiency technology. The purchases are subject to HE being awarded projects, most likely for district heating applications in China.
In a statement, GE said its "breakthrough" FlexEfficiency technology is engineered to deliver both flexibility and efficiency by rapidly ramping up and down in response to fluctuations in wind and solar power. GE said its latest gas turbine technology is the result of an investment of more than $500m in research and development.
Paul Browning, president and CEO—thermal products for GE Power & Water, said: “China is installing more wind turbines than any other country in the world and has plans to rapidly expand natural gas power generation. This creates an ideal environment for our new FlexEfficiency technology."
HE has been teaming with GE since 2003 to provide heavy duty gas turbines for projects in China. In 2010, GE and HE expanded their relationship, forming a joint venture to serve China’s wind energy industry.