GE Power announced plans to convert its 242-megawatt (MW) coal-fired Birchwood Power facility in King George, Virginia, into a Steam Plant Services Innovation Center. The center, which provides sufficient electricity to power more than 240,000 homes, is to become a showcase for how the latest GE technologies can increase the efficiency and flexibility of coal-fired steam power plants, while also reducing emissions, the company said.

The new showcase will combine GE’s full suite of Digital Power Plant for Steam software solutions and align with GE’s global Powering Efficiency Center of Excellent (COE) initiative. The COE provides customers with total plant solutions to upgrade their existing generation equipment.

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