MHPS J-Series Gas Turbine Passes 750,000 Hours of Reliable Operation
Eight Years of Operating Experience with 99.3% Fleet Reliability
Lake Mary, Florida – (March 11, 2019) Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the 2018 global market share leader in orders for Heavy Duty Gas Turbines (100 MW and greater), today announced that their global fleet of J-Series gas turbines had amassed over 750,000 hours of commercial operation.
MHPS Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Akimasa Muyama said, “The industry leading efficiency and output of the J-Series gas turbine has propelled us into the global leadership position, but it’s the exceptional track record for reliability that is our greatest competitive differentiator. Since the first J-Series entered commercial operation in 2011, we have continued to enhance product performance over time, but the one constant has been reliability.”
The global J-Series fleet now includes 39 turbines in commercial operation, with 28 of those exceeding 8,000 hours of operation, and the fleet leader having more than 45,000 hours of operation. MHPS has delivered every J-Series turbine on time. Most importantly, the MHPS J-Series has achieved 99.3% fleet reliability since introduction.
One enabler of the J-Series’ industry best reliability is MHPS’s patented external hot gas path cooling design, which keeps the maximum temperature of turbine blades about 200 degrees C cooler than other designs. This allows MHPS to use robust turbine blade materials with proven reliability. Another reliability enabler is the MHPS philosophy of buying serial number 1 of any new technology and generating 8,000 hours of commercial operation at their own 60 Hz combined cycle power plant in Takasago, Japan.
“We lead the industry in the reliable introduction of products and technology. This is what our customers expect of MHPS, and we won’t take shortcuts,” added Muyama. “The best evidence of our continuing commitment to reliability is that we’re now building a second 60 Hz J-Series combined cycle power plant at our factory in Takasago, Japan. This power plant will enter commercial operation in 2020 and will demonstrate the reliability of the world’s first 65% efficient autonomous power plant. That is a Change in Power.”