GE Inspire Newsletter – Jun 06, 2014

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Jun 04, 2014 / Mark Dannatt
 
     
     
 

Yesterday, I joined BAE Systems at The Royal Academy of Engineering in London to reveal the latest design developments for the Type 26 Global Combat Ship. This is an incredibly significant programme for the Royal Navy and, by 2020, BAE Systems, together with suppliers including GE Power Conversion, will have built the first of 13 next generation anti-submarine warfare ships for the Royal Navy. The remaining ships will complete at the rate of one per year thereafter.

Replacing the Type 23, the Type 26 will undertake a wide range of roles from high intensity warfare to humanitarian assistance.


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May 30, 2014 / Eric Moutaux
 
     
     
 

In our recent Power Quality series, we’ve explored energy trends in the EU, China and the Middle East; this time, we are taking a look at transmission in Latin America. Although the energy landscape in each country is varied, their fast growing economies and surging power consumption levels means effective and efficient transmission of electricity is critical to meeting rising demand across the region.


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May 23, 2014 / Andy McKeran
 
     
     
 

It was so refreshing to see the excitement for our industry shown by the many young people in attendance at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference. That said, given the nature of the concerns of the aging skilled workforce in the oil and gas sector, their presence reminds us of the urgent need to nurture and develop new talent to bridge a growing talent gap in the industry. This is made even more pressing by the industry’s anticipated 7 per cent compound annual growth rate.


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May 20, 2014
 
     
     
 
  • Project for Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation Builds on GE’s Experience in Electric Engineering and Commitment to the Region
  • GE’s Electrical Drive Train Technology Provides NDLO with a Highly Efficient, Flexible and Integrated Power and Propulsion System for Its Critical Military Operations
  • The Deal Further Confirms That Tomorrow’s Navy Will Go Electric


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May 16, 2014 / Peter Oram
 
     
     
 

Last month, we announced a partnership with First Solar, on the deployment of our 1.5kV solution for utility scale PV power plants; delivering up to 50 per cent more power in a single Inverter Station than is currently possible with a 1kV solution and returning up to 30 per cent in CAPEX savings. This is just one of the many steps progressing solar’s role in the overall energy mix.

As solar continues to shoot up the energy agenda, we thought it would be interesting to highlight a few other examples of how the solar industry is advancing.


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May 13, 2014
 
     
     
 
  • Electrical and Automation Equipment from GE Will Support a Continuous Annealing Line That Will Allow the Production of High-Quality Steel Strips for the High-End Chinese Automotive Industry
  • GE’s Power Conversion Business Was Chosen for Proven Track Record in Providing High-Quality Technology and Strong Service-Level Agreements
  • New Fangchenggang Steel Plant is Set to Take Advantage of New Market Opportunities in Southern and Western Parts of China and Beyond

SHANGHAI—May 13, 2014—Faced with the increasing market demand for high-quality steel for the domestic car industry, the Wuhan Iron Steel Group (WISCO) has turned to GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) to support, design, supply and commission electrical and automation equipment for the continuous annealing line of the new Fangchenggang site in Guangxi Province, China.


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May 12, 2014 / Rachel Connor
 
     
     
 


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May 07, 2014 / Andy McKeran
 
     
     
 

To coincide with OTC 2014 in full swing in Houston this week, we’re kicking off our offshore blog series with the benefits of Direct Current (DC) transmission for exploration and production, and how it can be harnessed by particular applications to meet wider industry challenges.


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May 05, 2014 / Andy McKeran
 
     
     
 

Reducing operating costs and CAPEX, increasing efficiency, operating in hostile environments, tapping into new, deep-sea resources, and workforce planning will all be top of the agenda at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) taking place this week in Houston, Texas.

Electrifying processes and systems across offshore oil and gas exploration and production will help the industry overcome some of these challenges, and in particular, enable new deepwater and ultra-deepwater reserves to be explored.


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Apr 28, 2014 / Alexander Kajo
 
     
     
 

The population of the Middle East is expected to grow by 31 per cent by 2025 while GDP is predicted to rise by 4.3 percent by 2020. Such rapid population growth—especially in urban centres—paired with economic expansion and urbanisation, means greater demands are continuously being placed on the electric transmission and distribution networks of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


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Apr 25, 2014 / GE Reports
 
     
     
 

The U.S. Navy christened this month the USS Zumwalt, the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the naval service and its first modern all-electric warship.

“Traditionally, the U.S. Navy powered its ships with gas turbines driving controllable pitch propellers through large and complex gearboxes,” says Mark Dannatt, director for naval business at GE Power Conversion and a retired Royal Navy Captain. But the new next-generation destroyer and two others in the same class will have on board a 78 megawatt power station supplying electricity to an advanced integrated power system (IPS).


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Apr 22, 2014 / Bhanu Shekhar
 
     
     
 

Analysts believe China’s economy could outgrow the US by 2028. Such rapid economic growth puts a country’s energy infrastructure under the microscope. An accelerating economy ultimately means industry is expanding and new businesses starting – increasing demand for power. Over 70 per cent of China’s electricity is produced for industrial use alone.


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Apr 17, 2014
 
     
 
  • Next Generation Destroyer USS Zumwalt Recently Launched in Bath, Maine
  • GE Power Conversion Provides Electric Propulsion and Power Management Systems for U.S. Navy’s Most-Advanced Multi-Mission Destroyer
  • First All-Electric Design Sets the Standard for Future Naval Shipbuilding

PITTSBURGH—APRIL 14, 2014— The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), 610 feet long and with a displacement of 15,656 long tons, is the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy and is the first of its kind in recent history to use an electric propulsion system with induction based motors, rather than propelling the ship directly with gas turbines. The ship marks a new era for naval vessel design. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has provided the integrated power systems to the U.S. Navy for its first “all-electric” warship.


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Apr 17, 2014 / Bruno Betoni Parodi
 
     
     
 

In 2012, we hosted a workshop at the Brazil Technology Center in Rio de Janeiro for the (then) recently created Subsea Systems Center of Excellence (CoE). A research manager from Petrobras made the interesting observation that the “gold rush” toward pre-salt deep water exploration was much more complicated than the race to the moon in the late 1960s. His reasoning was that we have actual footprints of a man on the moon (ok, several, if one counts all landing parties from Apollo missions), but so far no man has ever set actual foot on  the deep sea floor (James Cameron, and others who made excursions bellow 1000 km [621+ miles] depth, never actually left the subs they were in).


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Apr 07, 2014 / Francesco Falco
 
     
     
 

The US has seen a startling reversal of its energy fortunes over the last five years: the combination of a shale gas boom, good electrical infrastructure as well as ongoing concerns about CO2 emissions have been driving the development of eLNG.

By eLNG I mean the liquefied natural gas supply chain enabled through full electric motor driven compression technology in the processing, transport and distribution network for LNG as alternative to the traditional turbines driven devices. It is a fast emerging and efficient means of extending the reach of natural gas resources and one we are seeing huge interest in.


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Apr 02, 2014 / Giacomo Del Panta
 
     
     
 

Oil and gas currently accounts for close to 50 per cent of total primary energy demand. While the total remaining recoverable resources are estimated to last for almost 200 years, we are facing an annual oil depletion rate of 8 per cent, making it hard to anticipate how we can meet demand that is expected to increase by 28 million barrels a day by 2040

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 42 per cent of worldwide recoverable gas is unconventional and three quarters of ultimately recoverable resources will still remain to be recovered in 2035. The global reserves-to-production ratio of conventional gas based on current consumption levels is in the range of 55 to 60 years.


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Mar 26, 2014 / Keiran Coulton
 
     
     
 

This is the first of a series my team and I worked on regarding secure and stable power.  Today’s power systems are challenged by the increase of large scale power demands in regions with weaker grid connections, the shut-off of older power plants and a trend to larger distances between power generation and consumption.

At the same time, renewable power generation has grown into both distribution and transmission systems which affect network performance and need to be managed to ensure the reliability of the grid on all levels. Power trading across borders becomes a driver for more interconnectors across regions.

In this blog I’m taking a microscopic look at this challenge in a region near to me personally as well as the headquarters of the Power Conversion business: the European Union.


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Mar 21, 2014 / Francesco Falco
 
     
     
 

In this final post in our current LNG series, I’d like to abstract five principal ways in which electrification is supporting the acceleration we’re seeing in the LNG markets.


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Mar 20, 2014
 
     
 
  • Combined Technological Expertise Improves Plant Production, Reduces Costs
  • GE ProSolar 1,500-Volt DC Inverter Delivers More Power than Industry Standard Systems
  • First Solar Module Designed for Efficiency in 1,500-Volt DC Applications
     

NEW YORK—March 19, 2014—First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) are utilizing their recently established technology and commercial partnership to develop a more cost-effective and productive utility-scale PV power plant design that combines First Solar’s thin-film CdTe modules with GE’s new ProSolar 1,500-volt inverter/transformer system.


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Mar 19, 2014 / Vlatko Vlatković
 
     
     
 

Solar power generation is a hot commodity in the renewables energy market – last year, it topped the charts for renewable energy production growth, passing the 100 terawatt hour mark with 65% year on year growth in 2013. This is a marked shift from decades of slow growth, and a global challenge to deliver a significant proportion of energy demands from renewable sources. In the past, renewables as a whole – and solar technology in particular – have been too expensive and too inefficient, and national energy policies have been slow to embrace them.


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Mar 13, 2014 / Chiara Cavallo
 
     
     
 

Last week saw more than 2,300 energy experts meet at CERAWeek in Houston, including Steve Bolze, President & CEO of GE Power & Water who participated in a panel about the future of power technology and infrastructure. With so much insights shared during the week on strategic energy issues, we thought it would be worth highlighting some of the biggest themes which came out of the event.

Among those, it emerged clearly the role that electrification plays going forward, from the increasing need of energy efficiency, through the development of cost effective solar solutions, to enabling a better transmission across the globe.

Check out our Storify post below for insight into what was being said across the industry over the last few days.


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Mar 11, 2014 / Alexander Kajo
 
     
     
 

With one quarter of the world’s known oil reserves at its disposal – more than 260 billion barrels – Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of crude oil  Last year the country shipped an average of 7.54 million barrels a day, continuing its twelve year trend of year-on-year oil production growth. Indeed, as global energy demands grow, demand for Saudi oil is growing. With oil at the heart of Saudi’s export trade, it’s in the Kingdom’s interest to ensure as few as possible of their natural resources are consumed locally.

The Kingdom’s energy challenge


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Mar 11, 2014
 
     
 
  • US$23 Million Order Awarded by Hyundai Heavy Industries
  • Underlines Commitment of GE to Provide Highly Efficient and Flexible Components for Power Sector
  • MV7000 Range of Drives Provides Power and Control Flexibility for Region’s Largest Power Generation Facilities

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA—March 11, 2014—GE Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) has won two orders to supply highly efficient and flexible components for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the region’s largest power generation utility.

GE was awarded a contract to supply 24 18-megawatt (MW) MV7000 variable speed drives (VSD) to SEC’s Jeddah South and Shuqaiq Steam Power Plants. Each project consists of four 660-MW power blocks and is considered one of the largest steam power plants globally. Hyundai Heavy Industries, the engineering, procurement and construction firm, awarded the contract. 


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Mar 06, 2014 / Francesco Falco
 
     
     
 

In this post on liquefied natural gas, I’m going to discuss the potential for small-scale LNG. You can find the earlier posts in the series here on Inspire.

We rarely find a gas reservoir under an industrial site, a city, or transportation hub that needs it. In many cases, a reserve may not merit the investment required to bring it into the supply chain via a pipeline, and therefore either faces up to being left unexploited or wasted. Alternatively, these sites may be operating at low efficiency, delivering low energy-density fuel to market (compressed natural gas has an energy density around two and a half times lower than LNG).


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Mar 05, 2014
 
     
     
 
  • New “Motor and Generator Store” Initially Applies to GE’s Standard and Stock Low- and Medium-Voltage Motors
  • GE Incorporated Feedback from Key Customers Prior to Launch
  • Available for Customers in the U.S. and Canada

ATLANTA—March 5, 2014—GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has launched an innovative e-commerce app, the “Motor and Generator Store,” located at http://mgstore.gepowerconversion.com. The new platform makes it easier for customers in the U.S. and Canada to quickly access key technical information as well as quote and order products.

Customer requirements drove the priorities for the app’s software development and once GE had a skeleton of screens and processes in place, the system was presented to key customers as a demonstration. Their feedback was collected for future development priorities.


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Mar 04, 2014 / GE Reports
 
     
     
 

Like the faint rumble of a distant battle, the symbol AC/DC lives quietly on millions of power adapters and, more noisily, in the name of an Aussie hard rock band. A century ago, however, it symbolized a titanic clash that pitched Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse and Nicola Tesla in the War of Currents. It was the one big fight that Edison lost.


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Mar 04, 2014
 
     
 
  • GE Develops Technology to Extend DC Transmission to Subsea and Renewable Energy Turbines
  • DC Power Collection Could Lead to Fewer Offshore Components and Higher Reliability
  • A Full DC Architecture Has the Potential to Reduce the Cost of Electricity from Offshore Wind by 15 Percent
  • DC Enables Simpler, Smaller and Lower Cost Offshore Substations

PARIS—March 4, 2014—GE Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) has announced the successful trials of PassiveBoost™—its technology to allow remote power networks to go DC. This is an important step in lowering the cost of power delivered from offshore installations and increasing the electrical output delivered from renewable energy sources in distant, inhospitable places.


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Feb 28, 2014 / Stefan Franko
 
     
     
 

Last year saw a number of impressive solar power achievements. China began implementing plans for an additional 10 gigawatts of solar capacity annually, while Germany continued to break (often its own) records for solar energy output such as in July when it produced 5.1 terawatt hours in a single month – the equivalent of powering over 500,000 homes for a year.


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