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GE announced recently that it has secured 10 orders of its LMS100 aeroderivative gas turbine with two customers in North America in 2Q 2015. These recent successes have resulted in the backlog for LMS100 technology to be in excess of $450 million for GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business.
The 10 units—five LMS100-PA gas turbine units and five LMS100-PA+ gas turbine units—have been ordered by two American customers. With up to 116 MW of total power output, the LMS100-PA+ provides more than 10 percent increased power output, without any increase in emissions. In addition, the LMS100 turbine is said to achieve simple-cycle efficiency of 44 percent.
The units are likely to be installed in the southwestern U.S. to support grid stability as new renewable energy is added, and they will replace older gas-fired steam turbine generator systems. The LMS100, designed to provide flexible and reliable distributed power to help offset grid fluctuations, can ramp from zero to 50 MW of power in one minute and zero to full power in less than 10 minutes.
LMS100 technology is said to provide reliability of 99.8 percent, with more than 340,000 successful combined operating hours across the fleet. Each LMS100 model is Ecomagination-qualified and is estimated to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 31,000 metric tons, or the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide consumed by 20,000 acres of forest, compared to a typical simple-cycle 100-MW gas turbine plant each year.
Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE’s Distributed Power business said the LMS100’s simple-cycle efficiency and flexibility and reliable design, has made it one of the preferred solutions for power generation across the Americas. “There are more than 50 units operating successfully around the globe today. We believe that LMS100 technology will be necessary to support the electrical grids of the future.”