GE’s Power Services launched its new Fleet360 platform to showcase its enhanced total plant capabilities to service both GE and cross-fleet power generation equipment for utility and industrial plant operators worldwide. This launch comes one year after acquiring Alstom’s power generation and services assets.
“Fleet360 represents GE’s expanded capabilities as a total solutions provider for all power generation equipment regardless of who was the original manufacturer,” said Paul McElhinney, president and CEO of GE’s Power Services. “Over the past year, Power Services has worked to fully integrate Alstom’s expertise within GE’s portfolio, allowing us to provide customized solutions for operators that deliver better performance and value for their entire fleets. These service capabilities will prove vital now and in the coming years. While the world will experience fluctuating demands for energy in various regions, over the long term, the demand for power is expected to rise by 50 percent over the next 20 to 25 years, placing a greater priority on utilities to keep their existing generation assets operating at optimal performance levels.”
Fleet360 applies to services, upgrades, repairs, parts, multiyear agreements, operations and maintenance—as well as GE’s advanced digital solutions—for assets supplied by GE and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). With its cross-fleet services solutions, GE services more than 90 brands of gas and steam turbines, generators, boilers and other balance of plant equipment, providing greater value to operators seeking to increase the performance of their existing power generation equipment.
The Fleet360 services portfolio was built on the integration of GE and Alstom’s expertise over the past year. Representing the first integration of GE and Alstom Power’s steam turbine technologies, GE introduced its new Enhanced Steam Path (ESP) upgrade solution for D-10 and D-11 steam turbines operating in Europe and other 50-hertz regions following the ESP introduction in 60-hertz countries. ESP was introduced to help utilities and industrial operators boost the efficiency and output of their existing combined-cycle power plants.
Today, the company also achieved a new advanced manufacturing success resulting from GE and Alstom’s combined commitment in “additive manufacturing” technology: the installation of the world’s largest 3-D printed part in its GT13E2 gas turbine at Vattenfall’s Heizkraftwerk Berlin-Mitte power plant in Germany. The 3-D printed Combustor Zone 1 Segment, which was manufactured at GE’s plant in Birr, Switzerland, weighs 4.5 Kg and is the size of a laptop.
To support the life cycle needs of its Fleet360 projects, GE now operates a global network of more than 50 repair shops that are strategically located for agile responsiveness and offer customized repairs to shorten operator downtime.