GE brings together experts to reduce coal-fired emissions

The global COE, headquartered in Baden, will brings together cross-business experts in its energy businesses to apply a total plant hardware and software solution as well as provide vision and oversight around the world. Regional teams will focus on engineering capabilities and local execution.

By bringing together the combined experience of a cross-business group of experts from GE’s Power Services, Steam Power Systems, Global Research Center and Global Growth organizations, the company says it is showing operators how they can achieve emissions compliance and increased efficiency with their new and existing coal-fired power plants.

The COE aligns with GE’s recent study which found carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the world’s steam fleet can be reduced by 11% when existing hardware and software solutions are fully applied. Coal-fired power generation provides electricity for about 40% of the world and also accounts for nearly 75% of the electricity sector’s carbon emissions because many plants are older and inefficient.

GE has a suite of steam upgrades and emission management technologies that, when combined with our digital technologies, can increase efficiency on average by 4%.The newest coal plants being built using GE’s ultra-super critical technology can deliver up to 49%, which is significantly higher than the global average of 33%. Every point of efficiency reduces operating costs over the lifetime of the plant while also reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 2%.