Japanese Power Plant Sets World Record for Efficiency

Noria news wires

The Chubu Electric Power plant in Nagoya, Japan, was recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency.

The plant, which is powered by GE’s 7HA gas turbine and utilizes steam turbine and generator technology from Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions, provides more than 1,188 megawatts of power to the grid, the equivalent power needed to supply approximately 2.7 million average homes in Japan.

“To support manufacturing by providing a stable and inexpensive power supply in Chubu, Japan’s central region, we have been making unremitting efforts to construct power generation facilities that achieve the world's highest levels of output and efficiency,” said Satoru Katsuno, president and director of Chubu Electric Power. “We believe that our constant quest for innovation led to this Guinness World Records achievement.”

Japan is currently in a transition to cleaner, more efficient power generation. Low-cost, natural gas-fired combined-cycle power plants and renewables are becoming more important in the country as demand growth slows and utilities face more competition due to deregulation. Along with the United States, Japan represents the largest 60-hertz energy region.

For more information, visit www.gepower.com.

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