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Smart tech to build world's first IRCC plant

Integrated Renewables Combined Cycle plant to utilise GE technology

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ge to supply technology to world's first IRCC plant in Turkey. (Getty Images)
ge to supply technology to world's first IRCC plant in Turkey. (Getty Images)

FlexEfficiency technology from GE has been selected for an innovative new power plant being developed by MetCap Energy Investments, a Turkish project developer, the two companies have announced. The project will produce the world’s first Integrated Renewables Combined Cycle (IRCC) Power Plant.

By designing the plant from a total equipment and control systems perspective and utilising the flexibility of GE’s FlexEfficiency technology, engineers can seamlessly integrate natural gas, wind and solar thermal power. The FlexEfficiency 50 IRCC plant is designed for flexible operation by integrating a next-generation 50 Hz 9FB Gas Turbine, a steam turbine, a generator, 22 megawatts of GE wind turbines and 50 megawatts of eSolar concentrated solar thermal tower technology, integrated by a GE Mark VIe plant control system.

“When we recently announced our FlexEfficiency technology, we talked about being able to better integrate renewables with natural gas to produce cleaner, more affordable and reliable power,” said Paul Browning, president and CEO of thermal products for GE Energy.
“This project combines two renewable technologies and natural gas in the same power plant, and demonstrates the benefits it can offer to power the future grid. Integrated renewable combined cycle power represents a significant growth opportunity for GE Energy.”

He also said that MetCap’s site conditions would allow for 69 per cent plant efficiency. The plant will be located in Karaman, Turkey, and will be rated at 530 megawatts; enough to power 600,000 homes. It is currently scheduled to enter commercial operation in 2015.
 

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