John Bartle, Business Segment Leader, Dry Low NOx Systems
As the world looks toward more energy efficient technologies, the Energy Services team at GE has been focused on helping our customers make their existing power-generation equipment as efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. As part of our Environmental Services team, I am especially excited about the opportunity to help solve our customers’ unique challenges through a services lens, particularly under challenging circumstances such as stricter emission limits, limited outage times for the upgrades to take place, and restricted layouts of existing equipment.
For example, when it was announced that beginning in 2009 the region of Lombardy, Italy, would be enacting new standards reducing allowable nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions by 40%, GE was there to help with its ecomagination strategy. Edipower, one of Italy’s leading power-generation companies, turned to GE for help to meet the new environmental requirements. By installing GE’s ecomagination-certified Dry Low NOx (DLN) 2.6+ system, Edipower’s Sermide combined-cycle power plant will meet these new standards (some of the most aggressive in the world!) by the end of this year. The DLN combustion systems will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they also will improve gas turbine operating flexibility, which translates to better project economics.
In 2008, GE Energy partnered with another large Italian power-generation company, Endesa Italia, to similarly retrofit three gas turbines operating with the advanced DLN 2.6+ combustion systems. Working within Endesa’s limited time frame for the installation of the DLN combustion systems, each project was completed in only 21 days!
Our customers operate in an electricity market with increasingly stricter requirements in terms of environmental impact, operating flexibility and efficiency. I am excited to be a part of this team as we continue to help our customers to do their part in making the world “greener.”
Learn more about GE’s ecomagination-certified combustion technologies in this video with LaTrina Folk of GE Energy.