GE said it is expanding the test facility at its gas turbine manufacturing plant in Greenville, S.C.
The test facility will offer the capability for full-scale validation of its next-generation gas turbines, heavy-duty compressors and gas turbine systems, according to the company.
"We'll be able to validate a complete gas turbine system, duplicating conditions our customers experience at a power plant during operation," said Paul Browning, vice president-thermal products for GE Power & Water. "We also will have the ability to run variable-speed, variable-load tests to validate enhanced flexibility features."
The tests will be performed at full capacity and beyond and under "real-world" power plant conditions, according to the company.
"Initially developed for the validation of GE's recently upgraded Frame 7FA gas turbines, the facility will support long-term development and testing of a full range of GE 50-hertz and 60-hertz compressors and gas turbines," the company said in a news release. "The facility has begun commissioning, and upcoming tests will include advanced compressor validation followed by full-speed full-load validation of the new 7FA gas turbine."
The expanded capabilities will bring GE's investment in the facility to approximately $170 million, according to the company.