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GE Renewable Energy & ENMAX to Implement Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine System in Alberta Canada
GE and ENMAX have reached an agreement to add GEs Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine technology to an existing natural gas turbine at ENMAXs Crossfield Energy Centre in Alberta in Canada. Using GEs proven Battery Energy Storage System and patented hybrid controls, the turbine will be equipped to provide operating reserves without burning fuel, enabling significant Green House Gas emissions reductions. GE will provide the turnkey project that includes an Electric Gas Turbine modification kit to hybridize the Gas Turbine. The project is funded by Enmax and Emissions Reductions Alberta through its Industrial Efficiency Challenge, a competitive selection process supporting projects that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by Q3 2020.
The Hybrid EGT enables an instant-response gas turbine without burning fossil fuels. In periods of high-power demand, the Hybrid EGT LM6000 reacts immediately and can reach full power in 10 minutes. Combining the gas turbine with a 10 MW, 4.3 MWh lithium ion battery will allow the turbine to be off until it is needed. The battery system, always synchronized to the grid, will discharge stored energy while the gas turbine starts and reaches full power, which allows the system to be dispatched immediately and provide power when needed. This solution results in lower greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding constant operation of the gas turbine. Other applications that could not be imagined with traditional thermal power plants, like lowering the minimum power output down to zero, offsetting the thermal derating over the hot season, or faster ramp up/down rates are made possible due to innovative grid-balancing functionalities that are inherent with energy storage systems. 2019 Global Data Point.