GE sets world record for most efficient power plant

GE has been recognised by Guinness World Records for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle plant. It is based on an efficiency rate of up to 62.22% at EDF’s Bouchain […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

GE has been recognised by Guinness World Records for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle plant.

It is based on an efficiency rate of up to 62.22% at EDF’s Bouchain plant in France, which has been equipped with the company’s HA turbine.

According to GE, the turbine is capable of reaching full power in less than 30 minutes, helping respond quickly to fluctuations in grid demand, integrate renewables onto the grid and adapt quickly to weather changes.

GE claims the technology can also help reduce costs: “We calculated that a 1,000MW power plant using a pair of HA turbines could save $50 million [£34m] on fuel over 10 years by raising efficiency by 1%.”

With a generating capability of more than 605MW, the Bouchain plant will generate the equivalent power needed to supply more than 680,000 homes.

Steve Bolze, President and CEO of GE Power said: “We are making history with this power plant for the future. We are thrilled to be acknowledged by Guinness World Records for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant and we are also very proud of the industry-leading flexibility and reliability this turbine provides to our customers.”