Switzerland Secures 250-MW GE Gas Power Temporary Power Plant For Crucial Winter Reserve

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) will install 250 MW of temporary reserve power—via eight trailer-mounted GE Gas Power TM2500 mobile aeroderivative gas turbine units—to secure critical power supplies this winter.

While SFOE acknowledges the country faces a long list of electricity security risks, concerns have ramped up this year owing to gas supply disruptions associated with the Ukraine war, the reduced capacity of French nuclear power plants, and a drought that has disrupted fuel shipments and hydropower production across Europe.

Engineered for flexibility and quick dispatch, GE Gas Power’s TM2500 has a small footprint for sites where space is limited. GE’s TM2500 is derived from jet-engine technology and is mounted on a wheeled trailer “With more than 20 years of experience and over 300 units installed around the world, GE’s TM2500 is a proven solution for providing a baseload bridge to permanent power installations, or for generating backup power in the wake of natural disasters, plant shutdowns, grid instability or in isolated locations,” the company says.

“GE’s TM2500 gas turbines can run on several different fuel sources including hydrogen, biogas or biodiesel and synthetic fuels produced with renewable energy, the most readily available in the area, and with lower-carbon footprints, such as synthetic fuels/SAF (sustainable air fuels). This is a crucial capability that our technology offers today for tomorrow’s sustainable power generation,” said Christian Verhoeven, Chief Technology Officer, GE Gas Power Switzerland.