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GE'S AERODERIVATIVE TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES ELECTRICITY SYSTEM RELIABILITY
Using GE's aeroderivative technology, Taiwan Power Company’s Tung Hsiao power plant has added 180 megawatts to enhance electricity system reliability in Taiwan.
GE recently announced that Taiwan Power Company (TPC)’s Tung Hsiao Power Plant in Miaoli County, Taiwan has safely and successfully started grid-connected trial runs in January 2023 using six GE LM2500XPRESS aeroderivative gas turbines.
The project was installed within 10 months following the start of construction in February 2022. The recently installed highly modular units can deliver up to 180 megawatts (MW) of electricity to support the intermittent supply from nearby offshore wind power plants which are under construction. The new plant provides the needed additional flexibility to accelerate coal-to-gas transition and support renewables growth in alignment with Taiwan’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Tung Hsiao Power Plant Renewal Project supports Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Development Act (REDA) energy policy which seeks to increase the gas-fired power ratio to 50% by 2025. The installed GE aeroderivative gas turbines can run on high blends of hydrogen with a future path towards 100% hydrogen combustion to further support Taiwan Power Company’s decarbonization initiatives. As the gas turbine original equipment manufacturer, GE is best positioned to support and increase the blending of hydrogen and natural gas now and in the future.
Tung Hsiao Power Plant Renewal Project is a first-of-its-kind aeroderivative gas turbine technology installation in Taiwan providing excellent for grid firming capabilities with attributes like an 8-minute fast start from cold metal to full load, to the ability to perform daily starts without impacting maintenance cycles. This flexibility and durability will help TPC better integrate more renewable energy sources and support its energy transition towards a sustainable future.