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Turkey Power Plant Combines Wind Solar And Natural Gas For Clean Electricity

June 7th, 2011 Posted in News

General Electric announced it will be the supplier for the new power plant that will be located in Karaman,Turkey. The plant will be 508-megawatts and will utilize energy from the wind, sun and natural gas to deliver around the clock electricity to more than 600,000 homes. The project is expected to be completed by 2015. The unique factor of this project is that one facility will pull from three sources to deliver the power needed to meet the continuous energy demand for the area; this type of power is called ‘Baseload.’ GE says that this plant’s overall efficiency will be approximately 66% higher than the average natural gas plant.

GE also sees this project as a showcase for its Flex Efficiency power plant system which is based around a natural gas turbine that combines wind and solar power. The other components to generate power are GE wind turbines which produces 22 megawatts of energy and a 50-megawatt eSolar concentration solar thermal plant. ESolar plants generate heat by using thousands of sun-tracking mirrors that produce steam; the steam is driven through a turbine which creates electricity.

GE, a pioneer in the energy industry was chosen by MetCap Energy Investments due to GE’s outstanding reputation for clean sourced energy. “In addition to record-setting fuel efficiency, this power plant will have zero liquid discharge, low emissions and a rapid-response, 28-minute start capability,” said Met Cap Energy chairman Celal Metin. GE said it should see more interest in renewable energy plants in the near future. If all goes as planned, renewable energy will be even more powerful.

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