Announced at American Public Power Association’s 2014 National Conference & Public Power Expo, the J920 FleXtra features a five-minute start-up time and has capacity to cater to energy requirements of over 6,000 average US homes. being held in Denver this week.

GE Distributed Power president and CEO Lorraine Bolsinger said the Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines offers best-in-class electrical efficiency of 49% for 60 Hz.

"That adds up to big savings in fuel over the life cycle of any plant. For example, over 15 years, a U.S. facility could realize fuel savings of as much as $15 million for a 100-MW J920 FleXtra power plant with very high simple-cycle efficiency and great flexibility," added Bolsinger.

GE’s J920 FleXtra gas engine has 8.6 MW of capacity in the 60-Hz segment and offers efficiency exceeding 90% for combined heat and power applications, achievable due to advanced technological features such as two-stage turbocharging.

"Flexible resources like the J920 FleXtra can be activated during periods of low renewable power supply or during tariff spikes. Conversely, the J920 FleXtra can be quickly curtailed during spells of high feed in of renewable energy or low energy prices," said Bolsinger.

Meanwhile, GE has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with independent power producer Sky Global Partners to support the development of the first North American power project that employs Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine technology.

As per the arrangement, the company will supply Sky Global with six natural gas–fueled, J920 FleXtra gas engines.