GE Energy to provide technology for Chinese biomass plants

By Anna Austin
Web exclusive posted June 27, 2008 at 12:27 p.m. CST

GE Energy announced it will provide control systems for 50 new biomass-fueled power plants in China. The Atlanta-based company will distribute the controls technology to Wuhan Kaidi Electric Power Engineering Co. Ltd., which is building the facilities.

The new plants will be located in the Hubei, Hunan, Anhui, Shanxi, Fujian, Jiangsu and Jiangxi regions. The control systems will link all plant operations, data acquisition and performance analysis in order to monitor and control various plant mechanisms. Using straw, rice husk and animal manure as the biomass stock, the facilities are expected to annually generate 7.2 billion kilowatt hours - which will adequately support 70,000 families in China.

Brian Palmer, vice president of GE Energy's optimization and control business, stated that offering customers such as China greater fuel and power-generation technology choices aids regional energy security and independence from fossil fuels.

Although GE Energy's relationship with China dates back to 2006 when the company launched its ecomagination program in the country, this is the first international instance that the company will provide its control systems for biomass power generation applications.

"GE's milestone order for Wuhan Kaidi lays the foundation for the distributed control systems technology to play an expanded role in supporting GE's commitment in China," said Jack Wen, president of GE Energy.

All of the new plants in China are expected to be operational by December 2010.

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