American-Made GE Turbines Give “Dirty” Coal a Scrub: New GE Power Plant Technology Will Help Korea Meet Low Carbon Emission Targets

The perils of climate change leave many governments in a bind. They need to provide their citizens with power, but business as usual will do little to keep the weather from veering into extremes. The answer is new, innovative technology, such as GE’s ecomagination-qualified integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plant. This technology takes available resources, even low quality coal, and converts it into “cleaner” power.

Cleaner coal may sound like an oxymoron. But take a look at GE’s first IGCC project in South Korea. The country is among the world’s top ten coal consumers. Over the last two decades, the use of coal for power generation more than doubled from 17 percent to 47 percent, making coal the nation’s leading source of electricity. But the country also committed to cut greenhouse gases, speed up clean and renewable energy projects and boost power efficiency.

GE is helping to resolve the conflict. The company just announced that it would supply the technology for a new 300 megawatt IGCC power station south of Seoul, the Korean capital. At the core of the plant will be GE gas and steam turbines manufactured in Greenville, South Carolina, and Schenectady, New York.

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