GE’s Power Conversion business has been selected to provide its variable-speed drive technology for use on Tehri Hydro Development Corporation’s (THDC) 1000MW pumped storage hydro power plant on the Bhagirathi River in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Alstom selected GE Power Conversion’s drive systems for use on all of the plant’s variable-speed motor/generator sets of the pump turbines to enable continuous control of the plant’s pump output.

“Combined with Alstom’s technology, GE’s expertise and track record will play a significant role in this first-of-its-kind project to provide solutions for highly efficient power generation," said Frédéric Teyssedou, Alstom Hydro India managing director. "We are confident that GE and Alstom, operating as local companies, will make together major contributions to India’s energy future."

“GE is a leading supplier of equipment for variable-speed pumped-storage power plants in Europe, with our technology deployed for 18 projects completed or currently under construction," said Stephan Krämer, Power Generation business leader of GE’s Power Conversion. "As we bring our technology to India, one of the world’s fastest growing regions for power generation, we are helping to meet the needs for cleaner, efficient and reliable electricity. Because of its efficiency and productivity benefits, variable-speed drive technology is an excellent match for the region’s power needs."


Image: Tehri Dam, part of the Tehri hydroelectric complex. The project’s 1000MW pumped storage scheme is currently under construction