GE representatives to focus on efficiency at WFES
GE will cover energy efficiency and smart-grid technology at summit
In a bid to reiterate its commitment to smarter, cleaner and more energy efficient solutions, GE’s regional representatives will be presenting the company’s latest innovations in this area at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi this week.
Mark Vachon, vice president, GE ecomagination, will be the keynote presenter at the WFES Technology Forum on January 19 at 10.45am, addressing attendees on the newest initiatives in ecomagination - GE’s corporate initiative to help meet customers’ demands for more energy-efficient products and to drive reliable growth. In 2009, GE invested US$1.5 billion on ecomagination R&D, reaching the commitment to double the company’s annual investment by 2010 one year ahead of schedule.
In 2010, GE introduced a new commitment to invest an additional $10 billion in ecomagination research and development by 2015. Last year, GE also launched The GE Ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid - a $200 million commitment to finding and funding the best ideas for modernising power grids.
Additionally, Frank Ackland, Regional general manager, Digital Energy, GE Energy Services, will be part of a plenary session on January 19 at 2pm discussing smart grid and its role in renewable integration.
Ackland will discuss how investments are required today to integrate the variety of technologies needed for generating decentralised energy. While revolutionary energy technologies are developed each day, the way they are applied to modernise and nurture the electrical infrastructure is really more of an evolution than a revolution, according to a GE statement.
GE Energy’s regional executive Joseph Anis said: “GE is leveraging its global capabilities to develop smarter, cleaner and fuel-flexible energy and water technologies that support environmentally compatible economic growth throughout the region,” said Joseph Anis, GE Energy's region executive for the Middle East. “We understand the needs of the region and are committed to supplying tailored solutions to maximise the use of available resources so as to support the region towards a sustainable energy future.”
Themed “Enabling the Future”, GE’s booth 5320, supports this year’s WFES theme with the company’s representatives on hand to showcase a wide portfolio of advanced power, water re-use and oil and gas technologies, including GE solutions for modernising the grid to meet growing capacity, sustainability, economic and security needs. The highlights of GE’s participation include:
• Fuel flexible energy technologies including GE Energy’s’ Jenbacher biogas and natural gas-fired engines; and GE’s portfolio of gas and steam turbines that offer enhanced operational flexibility and efficiency.
• Crucial localisation initiatives with some of the Middle East’s leading energy and engineering services companies to complement GE’s extensive local and international engineering and service facilities. GE is an anchor partner in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar initiative - a comprehensive response to the need for a global focus on resource conservation and the alternative energy sector.