GE announced that its Fleet360 total plant solutions has been selected by Veolia and Arizona Public Service (APS) to increase performance at power plants in Boston, Massachusetts, and Arlington, Arizona.
Highlighting a growing trend with North American combined-cycle power stations, GE’s total gas plant solutions help utilities increase output, reduce startup times, lower emissions and balance the growing role of renewables on the grid.
The modernization of APS’ Redhawk Generating Facility, a 1,060-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle power plant powered by four GE 7FA.03 gas turbines, will include GE’s industry-leading Advanced Gas Path (AGP) technology and Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6+ combustion system.
GE also will implement its Dispatch Optimization software, a digital application that will allow Redhawk to bank megawatts when operating at part loads and use them to peak fire during times of high power demand.
GE’s total plant life cycle solutions will help APS increase plant flexibility by improving its startup times, ramp rates, turndown and operating range. Collectively, APS is expected to increase output by 6 percent and decrease heat rate by 2 percent. GE and APS also will extend their existing multiyear service agreement through 2033.
GE new Gas Power business CEO Scott Strazik said: “The rapid growth of renewables in the western United States is changing how gas turbines are being called on to generate power to the grid.”
“Flexibility is becoming a necessity for power producers as gas assets increasingly need to ramp up and down swiftly, efficiently and repeatedly. Our latest technology provides more flexibility, so our customers like APS can manage the integration of renewables effectively.”
GE’s solutions will help ensure that Veolia’s Kendall Cogeneration facility continues to supply reliable power and heat to nearly 1,700 hospital beds and more than 250 commercial buildings and health institutions in Boston and Cambridge.
Veolia’s district energy system uses a GE 7F.03 gas turbine installed roughly 15 years ago and integrates combined heat and power technology with efficient steam infrastructure to deliver to end users in Boston and Cambridge.
Veolia North America president and CEO William DiCroce said: “Our strong relationship with GE provided the foundation for our decision to choose them as our service partner for this important project.
“Key to our decision was achieving the most favorable efficiency, emissions and reliability improvements available to our plant today. This maintenance effort will help us meet key business objectives while expanding our reach and quality of service to our Massachusetts users.”
Source: Company Press Release