GE, Toshiba to bring FlexEfficiency power plant technology to Japan
By rapidly ramping up and down in response to fluctuations in wind and solar power, the technology will enable the integration of more renewable resources into the power grid
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 27, 2011 — GE and Toshiba Corp. are bringing GE's FlexEfficiency gas turbine technology to Japan and other key countries in Asia, the two companies announced at POWER-GEN Asia 2011.
Under the terms of the signed memorandum of understanding, GE and Toshiba have agreed to mutually promote new combined-cycle power plants with GE Frame 9FB Gas Turbines incorporating GE's FlexEfficiency technology and Toshiba's high efficiency steam turbine-generators for projects in Japan and other Asian countries, as agreed upon by GE and Toshiba.
GE's FlexEfficiency technology is being officially launched for the Asian market at POWER-GEN Asia. Introduced earlier this year, the technology is engineered to deliver a combination of flexibility and efficiency.
In addition, the high performance of 9FB Gas Turbines offers significant potential for meeting not only conventional power but also cogeneration needs across Asia, a high-growth area for natural gas-fired power generation.
The 9FB Gas Turbine is a reliable, base load machine that can save fuel costs and reduce emissions today, with the flexibility to accommodate increases in renewable energy penetration in the grid of tomorrow.
GE and Toshiba have worked together for eight decades, including nearly 30 years in the gas turbine sector. Over that time, the two companies have jointly installed 31 gas turbines for projects in Japan, totaling 7,993 MW of power. In addition to being a long-term GE gas turbine manufacturing associate, Toshiba also has a joint venture with GE to provide repair services for gas and steam turbines in Japan.