GE Moving Malaysia from Coal Power Plants to Cleaner Energy

GE has made a commitment to focus on more renewable energy in its entire product line up, this of course is a company with more than 125 years of experience across the electricity industry and for it to make a commitment, the future seems to be on cleaner energy source.

Reinforcing this statement, Vic Abate, GE Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and former CEO of both GE’s Gas Power and Renewables businesses “we’re prioritising investment in technologies to cost-effectively scale renewables and to move toward net zero gas power with advances in hydrogen and carbon capture technologies. Together, the combination of renewables and gas can help lead an energy transition that enables us to achieve greater carbon emissions reductions faster compared to renewables alone.

In Malaysia, about 80 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is from the energy sector, followed by industrial process & product use (IPPU) and the waste sector, both of which contribute about 9 percent each. Most of the electricity generated in Peninsular Malaysia is from coal plants as this is the cheapest solution. Last year, coal plants contributed about 65 percent of all electricity generated in Peninsular Malaysia.

To this effect, GE is pursuing multiple decarbonisation pilot projects with customers throughout 2021 and 2022 for both hydrogen-fueled projects and carbon capture and sequestration technologies. While no decarbonization policy was specified by GE, this effort includes Malaysia in support of the country’s goal of reducing GHG emissions by 45 percent in 2030, and in accordance with the Clean Air Regulations 2014 (CAR2014). The Malaysian government is focused on achieving the right balance between cost and environmental impact, and GE will continue to influence and support the Malaysian government in reducing GHG emission through the introduction of the latest gas turbine technology.

GE Renewable Energy is continuing to invest in technology innovations that are driving down the cost of renewable energy, a key driver of the industry’s continued growth as noted in the whitepaper.

Its gas turbine portfolio is built on an 80-year gas turbine technology heritage that is unparalleled in the power generation industry and GE’s HA gas turbine—the world’s most efficient gas turbine and fastest-growing fleet—has established several industry-firsts and secured two world records. GE offers the industry’s most experienced gas turbine fleet in hydrogen and similar low-BTU fuel operations, with more than six million operating hours in decades of use across more than 75 gas turbines.

The American energy company continues to invest in research and development into hydrogen and carbon capture technologies in close partnership with its Global Research Center—to help further advance a low or near-zero carbon footprint for gas power.