GE recently announced an unprecedented breakthrough in gas turbine technology, the FlexEfficiency* 50 Combined Cycle Power Plant, which draws on advanced jet-engine tech to power up and down in minutes. That unprecedented flexibility aids the more efficient integration of renewable power into the grid – the FlexEfficiency’s responsiveness to periods of intermittency when the sun doesn’t shine and wind doesn’t blow means less wasted energy from solar and wind sources. Last week, China’s Harbin Electric became the latest customer to order gas turbines incorporating the new technology, citing China’s huge and growing markets for wind and gas power generation.
China’s not the only market with large gas production figures. Check out our infographics below for a look at increasing gas production in the U.S. and a guide to where the gas is worldwide, and which countries are producing the most of it.
The GE-sponsored weekly technology magazine, The Txchnologist, visualizes increasing production and decreasing reliance on imports of gas in the U.S., likely leading to increased exports to Europe and Japan.
GE’s Data Visualization team examines where gas reserves are, who’s producing the most, who’s consuming the most and how the remaining life of gas compares to oil and coal.
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