GE natural gas turbine powers Texas Medical Center

Houston, August 27, 2010 — A GE aeroderivative gas turbine, developed with the same reliability, efficiency and emissions technology that powers many of the world’s aircraft, now powering one of the world’s largest medical centers.

Thermal Energy Corp. announced the completion of its first combined heat and power plant at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

The new CHP facility, with GE‘s LM6000 PD Sprint aeroderivative natural gas turbine at its heart, is providing 48 MW of power. The turbine exhaust also is being used to generate steam for the physical plant at the medical facility.

“In early August, Texas experienced the highest single-day electricity demand in history, and Thermal Energy Corp. didn’t have to buy one kilowatt from the electric grid to serve the Texas Medical Center’s thermal loads,” said Stephen K. Swinson, president and CEO of Thermal Energy Corp. “That was possible because of the new combined heat and power plant being celebrated today. In essence, our 48-MW, highly efficient plant ensured that other, older, lower-efficiency plants in the state didn’t have to come online to meet that need. Since energy efficiency equates to environmental stewardship, all of us are winners because of the company’s new CHP plant.”

Thermal Energy Corp.’s CHP plant will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 305,455 tons per year than would be the case if the heat and power were purchased separately off the grid — the equivalent of removing 53,000 U.S. cars off the roads.

GE’s LM6000-PD Sprint was manufactured at the GE Industrial aeroderivative gas turbine facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The overall package construction and testing was conducted at the GE Energy packaging facility in Houston, Texas.

Thermal Energy Corp. specializes in providing thermal services for its customers, which allows them to concentrate on their primary missions.


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