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GE Expands Gas Turbine Test Facility

Posted on September 29, 2010

GE is further expanding the capabilities of its advanced gas turbine test facility in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. The test facility will offer the capability for full-scale validation of its next generation gas turbines, heavy-duty compressors and gas turbine systems.

The facility is designed to help meet the global energy industry’s growing demand for new products to be thoroughly validated before the first unit is shipped. Tests will be performed at the facility at full capacity and beyond and under realistic power plant conditions, according to GE, whose investment in the facility is about US$170 million (€124.8 million).

The facility will provide a controlled environment with additional instrumentation, enabling GE to acquire more data during validation testing. GE will be able to obtain data much earlier in the validation process, thus accelerating the maturation of new product designs, the company said.

The facility will also support long-term development and testing of a full range of GE 50 Hz and 60 Hz compressors and gas turbines.

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