GE (NYSE: GE) said it has received more than $1 billion in orders for heavy duty and aeroderivative gas turbines for projects throughout North America since the end of 2010. Orders include five LMS100 aeroderivative units to Edison Mission Energy for the 500 MW Walnut Creek project in California. GE said it will ship 19 LMS100 machines to southern California through the end of 2012.
The new gas turbine plants will replace steam boilers that will be retired and total nearly 2 GW of power to integrate renewables and provide grid reliability for Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
GE also unveiled an aeroderivative gas turbine, the 50 MW FlexAero LM6000-PH. The machine has a ramp-up rate of 50 MW a minute, which GE said will allow it to meet fluctuations in demand in near-real time. The technology also can reach “ultra-high efficiency” through cogeneration at rates above 80 percent. GE said it launched the first product in this portfolio, the 510-MW FlexEfficiency 50 combined cycle power plant, in May 2011.
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