A recent CNN Money report highlights GE’s culture of innovation, including GE Transportation’s new Durathon battery. The Durathon battery is the product of GE’s $150 million investment in next-generation batteries, and is scheduled for production later this year in Schenectady, New York.
Durathon is a sodium-metal halide battery for the telecommunications industry, uninterruptable power supply (UPS), and utilities markets. The Durathon battery acts as a backup power supply for industries that would suffer significantly from an interruption in power.
Durathon differentiates itself by storing vast amounts of energy in a very small space – it is 50% the footprint and less than 25% the weight of traditional lead acid batteries. In addition, Durathon batteries can last up to 20 years, operate effectively in extreme temperatures, are recyclable, and require no cooling and only minimal maintenance. More information on Durathon can be found here.
The CNN report also focuses on GE’s work with solar panel and clean coal technology.