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Trains magazine featured LOCOTROL distributed power and GE Transportation's Intelligent Control Systems team in Melbourne, Florida, in its September issue of the magazine in an article titled "Freight Train Unbounded: Distributed Power: It's a Bigger Deal than You Think."
GE’s commitment to the Capital Region of New York State is as old as the company, which was founded in Schenectady in 1878. Niskayuna alone is home to some 1,900 GE jobs, and the company’s footprint in the region is about to get even larger, as GE Transportation plans to add several hundred new jobs at its new sodium battery manufacturing plant over the coming years, as was featured on the front page of last Sunday’s Albany Times Union.
The plant, which will produce GE’s state-of-the-art Durathon battery, is set to employ 350 new workers. The batteries themselves were developed at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna and benefited from a $100 million investment by GE, including $2.5 million from a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant. The new batteries last up to 10 times longer than traditional backup storage systems, need little maintenance, produce no toxic chemicals, are recyclable, and have remote-monitoring capabilities, making them a viable solution for a multitude of markets.
Pete Lawson, Marketing Leader, presents an overview of the Evolution™ Series Locomotive in Berlin, Germany at the InnoTrans 2010 Show. Lawson describes the heavy haul mainline series as a growth platform to all emission standards across the globe including the US EPA Tier 4 and the upcoming 3B European Commission regulations. Watch and learn as Lawson explains what the EVO Series Locomotive is and how the main features of increased reliability, lower life cycle costs, and many more benefit the customer. As a chance to showcase to the world GE Transportation's stance as a leader in the railroad industry, Peter Lawson at InnoTrans, through the example of the Evolution™ Series Locomotive, defines what it means to have your "Imagination at Work".
Attached you'll find another daily recap from Innotrans that includes a media roundtable with GE Transportation CEO Lorenzo Simonelli and Global Locomotive Operations General Manager, Brett BeGole. Their discussion centers around GE Transportation, its product lines and the future of the rail industry.
GE Transportation and Brazilian rail operator MRS Logística S.A. (MRS) signed the largest locomotive purchase agreement in the history of Brazil both companies announced at InnoTrans 2010, the world’s largest rail exhibition in Berlin, Germany.
MRS ordered 115 fuel efficient and low emissions AC44i locomotives. The contract also stipulates an option for the purchase of an additional 100 locomotives. The locomotives will be manufactured at GE Transportation’s plant in Contagem, Brazil. The GE plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA, will supply key components, including the 12-cylinder FDL diesel engine. The locomotives will be delivered between 2011 and 2015.
“GE’s locomotives will be utilized to meet the growing demand for locomotive power in light of dynamic infrastructure development in the years ahead,” said Henrique Ache Pillar, Development Director of MRS. “We are looking forward to increasing our transportation capacity.”
Ninety units are scheduled for delivery in 2011, including 30 units covered under a previous contract and 60 as part of the newly signed agreement. GE will provide the remaining 55 locomotives between 2012 and 2015. The new locomotives generate up to 15% fewer greenhouse gas emissions while lowering operating costs by approximately 15%. Three AC44i locomotives generate enough tractive effort to replace four older generation locomotives.
“GE is a global locomotive manufacturer who partners with railroad customers around the world,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Transportation. “We are pleased to serve our customer MRS by providing advanced AC technology that requires less maintenance, reduces fuel consumption and lowers emissions.”
Added Guilherme Mello, President of GE Transportation Latin America: “Brazil is one of our most vibrant growth market. The agreement reflects the strong recovery of the railroad industry in Brazil since its privatization in 1996.”
Currently, approximately 17,000 GE locomotives are in use in more than 50 countries around the globe.