Japan Launches New Gas Turbine Test Site
Japan's Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has begun commissioning a new combined-cycle power plant validation facility known as T-Point 2 in the Hyogo Prefecture, it said on April 2.
Replacing the T-Point facility, T-Point 2 will test the performance and reliability of MHPS' advanced-class gas turbines, including the 1,650oC-class JAC and 1,700oC-class ultrahigh-temperature models.
Like its predecessor, T-Point 2 is the only facility in the world that can perform full-scale long-term reliability verification for gas turbines. It is connected to the grid, and therefore functions not only as a technology demonstrator but also a source of electricity supply.
"Through the years, we have proven our ability to develop and manufacture the most cutting-edge solutions for the power generation industry," MHPS CEO Ken Kawai said. "Building on the legacy of the original T-Point, T-Point 2 will enable us to widen our footprint as the preferred solutions partner to meet ever-changing power generation requirements around the world."
T-Point 2 is due online in July 2020 and expected to reach a power output of 566 MW, achieving almost 64% efficiency and 99.5% reliability.