With an increasing number of signaling project opportunities, the Asia-Pacific region is definitely a place to promote GE Transportation’s ITS solutions in the domain. The company will therefore attend the inaugural Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE) from Oct 7-10, 2013. Organized by the Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), this event brings together four established conferences: World Urban Transport Leaders Summit (WUTLS), World Roads Conference (WRC), World Urban Transit Conference (WUTC) and UITP Asia-Pacific Congress (APC). It is a platform for urban land transport professional worldwide to meet and discuss ways to shift the transport focus to people. As Ruby sponsor, GE Transportation will showcase its Tempo CBTC and Computer Based Interlocking solutions, with special highlight being made on the Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) system developed by GE Transportation’s Centre of Excellence in Singapore. To learn more about GE’s Tempo Interlocking and CBTC solutions click here.
GE Transportation Attends LTA-UITP Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition (SITCE)
GE unveiled that its breakthrough energy storage technology, the Durathon Battery, has successfully powered GE Mining’s Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy, LLC in Alum Creek, West Virginia. This trial is a major milestone for GE Mining and represents a long-term commitment to developing market-leading solutions featuring increased productivity, availability, reduced maintenance costs and improved performance.
GE’s Durathon battery technology features a number of benefits that make the technology faster, cleaner and better than traditional batteries, including at least 40 percent more operating range. The battery is 25 percent smaller and 50 percent lighter than traditional batteries, enabling more energy to be stored in a smaller space. The battery-powered scoop operates more effectively in extreme temperatures and requires no cooling and minimal maintenance.
“We’re encouraged by the test at Coal River Energy and see GE’s Durathon battery technology as a long-term solution for our mining customers,” said Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage. “With the Invertex underground propulsion system and our state-of-the-art energy storage solution, GE Mining will deliver higher efficiency and productivity to mining customers worldwide while lowering fuel use, emissions and life-cycle cost.”GE Mining and GE’s Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s Invertex underground propulsion system to develop a more advanced and efficient mining scoop.
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GE Transportation just announced that its Trip Optimizer Energy Management system has recently achieved 100,000,000 miles in revenue service, which has resulted in approximately 25 million gallons of diesel fuel saved.
Trip Optimizer is a cruise control system for trains that automatically regulates speed according to a fuel optimum plan. It is able to do this using data from various sources: on-board track topography map, GPS signals, train weight, length and configuration, and complex train handling algorithms. Customers have seen fuel savings of 3 to 17% depending on the type of train service and rail topography.
The system launched in 2009 and has since been adopted by eight different railroad customers on over 2,500 locomotives in North America, Australia, and Brazil. An additional 2,000 systems are committed and pending installation. Today, the Trip Optimizer system can be installed on any GE locomotive. GE plans to develop versions of the Trip Optimizer system that can be installed on diesel and electric locomotives made by other manufacturers in 2014.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Trip Optimizer as an energy saving design feature under provisions in 40CFR Part 1033. The fuel savings resulting from its use provide for a corresponding reduction in regulated emissions and greenhouse gases. Each locomotive operating with Trip Optimizer reduces emissions equivalent to 75 automobiles for a year.
GE Energy Storage announced a deal this week to supply Durathon Batteries to Safaricom, a telecommunications company, in Kenya. The batteries will enable the Safaricom network to run efficiently - even during power outages that continue to be a critical challenge in all of Africa.
“Our technology provides an incredible value to ensure uninterrupted mobile service for millions of Africans. Durathon Batteries provide reliable back-up power to reduce the downtime of cell towers when outages occur. In Safaricom’s highest revenue sites, Durathon Batteries reduce downtime by 79%. Our batteries can easily be installed on rooftops, since they weigh less than traditionally-used lead-acid batteries. This is crucial, since Safaricom’s highest revenue sites are located in the most populated areas of Nairobi,” said Prescott Logan, the General Manager of GE Energy Storage.
The Internet as we know it today is a pervasive computer network that serves 39 percent of the world’s population, or more than 2.7 billion people.
But another Internet, still-emerging, promises to make a dramatic difference by meshing the digital world with the world of industrial machines. It’s the Industrial Internet. This is a software-driven movement that will transform the global hardware industry by combining industrial systems with the power of advanced computing, visualization, analytics, low-cost sensing and new levels of connectivity enabled by the Internet. There is the potential to bring about profound transformation globally — improving industry and lives by connecting people and businesses to the nearly 50 billion machines and systems that move our world, and in turn generate massive value in asset and operational improvements.