OpFlex Extended Turndown is Latest Addition to GE's Operational Flexibility Portfolio
MILAN, ITALY - June 4, 2008 : - Citing the need in the power industry for additional operational flexibility, GE Energy today introduced OpFlex(TM) Extended Turndown, which enables customers to operate their 9FA+e gas turbines with additional turndown without jeopardizing performance, reliability or emissions.
OpFlex Extended Turndown extends the reduced-emissions operating range to lower load levels by increasing gas turbine turndown capability. Currently, the typical turndown minimum for the 9FA+e gas turbine equipped with the DLN 2.6+ combustion system is 40 percent load at ISO conditions. OpFlex Extended Turndown is targeted to provide a minimum of 5 percent additional turndown. By reducing the turndown to 35 percent load, customers are able to reduce the amount of fuel consumed during off-peak hours and avoid shut-down and start-up costs, as well as minimize maintenance requirements associated with shut-downs.
OpFlex Extended Turndown builds upon decades of GE expertise and experience in the area of combustion technology. This software solution optimizes the combustion process and enables power generators to reduce fuel costs significantly. CO2 emissions associated with low -load operation are also reduced, while maintaining low NOx and CO emission levels.
"OpFlex Extended Turndown is an exciting new development that will provide our customers with additional flexibility to meet the challenges of maximizing operational revenues while minimizing operational costs," said Dan Heintzelman, president of GE Energy's services business.
This enhancement is the latest addition to the OpFlex product line, which offers a range of solutions to improve operational flexibility of 7FA+e and 9FA+e gas turbines.
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