GE Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to Develop New Advanced Steam Turbine
GE Energy and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have signed final agreements to co-develop a next generation steam turbine for use in gas turbine combined-cycle power plants. The co-development effort will focus on the design of a new, advanced steam turbine, leaving each of the parties to separately manufacture and sell the co-developed steam turbine in support of its natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation products.
GE Energy and MHI first announced a memorandum of understanding for combined-cycle steam turbine co-development in January 2009. Development of a new, advanced steam turbine is viewed by both companies as a key step in meeting customer requirements for increased combined-cycle efficiency and performance worldwide.
The new steam turbine will enter commercial service coupled with the GE Frame FB and the MHI G-class gas turbine products in the 50Hz segment of the global power generation market. These gas turbine models are typically used for combined-cycle power plants in the range 850-1,000 MW.
"GE has a long history of partnering with other suppliers and manufacturers to accelerate the pace at which advanced technology products are brought to market," said Steve Bolze, president of GE Energy
's Power & Water business. "Under the agreements signed, GE and MHI will share best practices and development activities to bring a next-generation, high-performance steam turbine to the combined-cycle market faster than either party could individually achieve."
"We are very pleased to be teamed with GE in this important effort to meet global customer requirements for increased combined-cycle efficiency and performance," said Ichiro Fukue, director, senior executive vice president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd
. "The combination of our two companies' technological expertise is a great step forward in helping our customers."
Much of the current demand for steam turbines is driven by the strong global interest in natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generation. Although a full range of technology options is required to meet the world's growing energy needs, steam turbines remain a backbone of the power generation industry, playing a part in generating more than 80% of the world's electricity.
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