GE unveiled a new 50-MW aeroderivative gas turbine, the FlexAero LM6000-PH, and also the FlexEfficiency 50 combined cycle power plant, a 510-MW load-following plant design using the new turbine. Both products are intended to enable the integration of more renewable resources into the power grid, with fast startup and ramp rates and the ability to turn down to 40 percent load without exceeding air emissions limits. The company also announced that it received more than $1 billion in orders for heavy duty and aeroderivative gas turbines for projects throughout North America since year-end 2010.
Hitachi Power Systems America won a contract from Westar Energy for the design and supply of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, including Hitachi’s proprietary catalyst, for Westar’s Jeffrey Energy Center, Unit 1, located near St. Marys, Kan. The 800 MW coal-fired unit burns Powder River Basin coal.