GE has announced the start of commercial operations at Chia Hui Power Corporation’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Taiwan.

The plant adds almost 535MW of electricity to the Taiwanese national grid, enough to power around 600,000 homes.

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It also provides steam for district heating for the citizens of the Chiayi province.

The facility will support Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Development Act (REDA) energy policy, which seeks to increase the country’s gas-fired power ratio to 50% by 2025.

It is located in Minxiong Township, Chaiyi County.

Chia Hui Power Corporation general manager Kent Chen said: “Taiwan’s Renewable Energy Development Act was enacted to promote the utilisation of renewable energy, increase energy diversification, improve environment quality, energise the industry and drive the national sustainable development.

“The growth of gas power generation plays a critical role in facilitating Taiwan’s transition to a lower carbon future and supporting the reliable, affordable growth of sustainable energy.

“[The] Chia Hui plant, powered by GE’s advanced HA technology, will help support our commitment to Taiwan’s mission to increase natural gas to 50% of the energy mix, while increasing Taiwan’s power reserve to proactively support our growing population.”

GE has provided an HA-powered turnkey combined cycle plant covering the full plant lifecycle, including power generation equipment, analytics and controls software and service agreements.

The company manufactured, delivered and installed the equipment and has agreed to provide maintenance services for ten years.

GE Gas Power CEO Ramesh Singaram said: “GE’s H-class power plants deliver flexible, efficient and reliable power to millions of people around the world.

“We are delighted to deliver our advanced technology, digital solutions and services to Chia Hui Power Corporation to provide more efficient electricity to the Chiayi province and support the Taiwanese government’s goals.”

Last month, GE and Cricket Valley Energy Centre (CVEC) agreed to launch a ‘green hydrogen technology roadmap’ to convert CVEC’s power plant in Dover Plains, New York, to zero carbon emission green hydrogen.