July 6, 2016. Greenville, South Carolina.
At Test Stand 7 workers prepare the compressor validation rig for the arrival of a new gas turbine. The set up process takes about 12 weeks and then the turbine will be cycled through many tests, under different loads and conditions, before being cleared for shipping.
At the General Electric Gas Turbine factory, engineers design, produce, test and repair gas turbines for generating electricity. These turbines weigh more than 900,000 pounds and can create internal combustion temperatures up to 2,900 degrees F. Depending on the model, one of the GE turbines can produce enough electricity for half a million American households.