GE selected to upgrade Taiwan’s largest hydroelectric power plant

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With its installed capacity of 1,602 megawatts, the Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant is Taiwan’s largest hydroelectric power plant and has a crucial role in supplying the region with clean and reliable energy.

GE’s Power Conversion business announced it has been selected by Taiwan Power Company to provide an upgrade service to Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant, which will help to extend the hydro plant’s operational life by 20 years.

The hydro plant is Taiwan’s largest hydroelectric power plant and has a crucial role in supplying the region with clean and reliable energy.

Within the service contract, GE will provide upgrades to two sets of startup frequency converter (SFC) control systems, which will improve harmonic levels at the plant. GE will also provide uninterruptible power supply systems and conduct factory acceptance tests as well as on-site tests.

Upon the conclusion of these upgrades, the operational life of the plant will be extended, all while improving efficiency and reducing maintenance work. GE’s solution will also allow the generator startup to be energized by both thermal and hydro power.

“Through this partnership and building on our engineering expertise, we have been able to play an important role in upgrading the biggest hydro power plant in Taiwan by providing productive, long-lasting, low-maintenance technology,” said Haiming Li, China service director, GE’s Power Conversion business.

The SFC control systems provided by GE can potentially also find applications at thermal power plants owned by the Taiwan Power Company.

Rajani Baburajan

editor@greentechlead.com