30,000-Mile GE FlexEfficiency* Truck Tour Winds up in New York City Region
*Mobile Exhibit Visits 27 Cities to Highlight Power Generation Technology
*Newark Energy Center among First Applications of the New GE Technology
*Supports Role of Natural Gas in Meeting U.S. and Global Energy Challenges
WEEHAWKEN, N.J. -- February 13, 2013
After covering more than 30,000 miles, GE’s (NYSE: GE) FlexEfficiency* Truck
Tour, showcasing the power generation technology of tomorrow, will make its
27^th and final stop Wednesday, Feb. 13 in Weehawken, N.J., across the Hudson
River from New York City.
“Our North American FlexEfficiency Truck Tour has been a tremendous success,
with more than 4,000 people visiting the trailer to learn how the latest
innovation in power generation will meet today’s energy challenges while
driving economic growth,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO, Thermal
Products for GE Power & Water. “It is especially fitting that we are
concluding our tour in New Jersey, since our new FlexEfficiency technology
will support a major project that will add cleaner, flexible and highly
efficient energy for this region.”
The Newark Energy Center, a 655-megawatt gas-fired combined-cycle power plant,
will use GE 7F 5-series gas turbines, which are members of the FlexEfficiency
60 portfolio. Scheduled to begin service in 2015, the facility will be one of
the cleanest of its kind in the United States, thanks to its use of natural
gas and advanced emissions control technology.
“We are happy to be involved in a project that will provide cleaner, more
efficient and reliable power to the northern New Jersey grid, while bringing
employment and new revenue to Newark,” said Scott Thon, executive vice
president, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., the engineering, procurement and
construction (EPC) company for the Newark project. SNC-Lavalin has a long
history of working with GE F-class gas turbines, having installed 70 such
units at power plants around the world.
This custom-built, 18-wheel FlexEfficiency tractor-trailer, loaded with
interactive, innovative exhibits and demonstrations of GE’s newest technology,
was unveiled Sept. 26 during a global launch event in San Francisco. During
its five-month tour, it has showcased the key features and benefits of
FlexEfficiency 60 technology for customers, engineering students, media
representatives, industry analysts, GE employees and members of the general
public who have visited the trailer.
Built for the United States and other 60-hertz countries, GE’s new
FlexEfficiency 60 Portfolio of products addresses the emerging need for
flexible, efficient technology capable of providing electricity with
record-setting efficiency. The strong global demand for this new technology
has resulted in more than $1.5 billion in orders from the U.S., Japan and
Saudi Arabia. These sales comprise orders for 22 gas turbines—16 for the 7F
5-series gas turbines and six for the 7F 7-series gas turbines.
GE’s FlexEfficiency portfolio of gas turbines can provide highly efficient
baseload power and unprecedented flexibility to pair natural gas with
renewables. This natural gas-fired technology can rapidly increase its power
output in response to fluctuations in wind and solar power, which will enable
more renewable resources to be integrated onto the power grid.
“We believe that the FlexEfficiency 60 Portfolio represents the cornerstone of
America’s energy future and can help build a cleaner and sustainable energy
infrastructure,” Browning said. “Renewable energy resources such as wind and
solar offer an exciting opportunity to develop new ways to meet the country’s
power needs. But when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, we
need other sources of energy. As an abundant and cleaner fossil fuel, natural
gas fits nicely into today’s energy equation. FlexEfficiency 60 technology is
the most efficient, flexible natural gas technology available in the power
GE will build the FlexEfficiency 60 Portfolio of products in the United States
for shipment around the globe. The gas turbines within this American-made
portfolio will be built and fully validated in GE’s Greenville, S.C.,
facility. Steam turbines and generators will be manufactured in Schenectady,
N.Y., and controls in Salem, Va.
An ecomagination*-qualified product configured to take on some of the world’s
toughest environmental challenges, a FlexEfficiency 60 Combined Cycle Power
Plant will avoid 2.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year when
compared to an equal sized coal power plant^1. This emissions reduction is
equivalent to a half million U.S. drivers trading in their cars for bicycles.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
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visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
About GE Power & Water
GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation,
energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges
locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including
renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels; and
coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced
technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to
water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include
Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Services, Renewable
Energy, Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in
Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.
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^1 Typical coal plant based on U.S. EPA data.
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