GE to establish power electronics center of excellence for aircraft, ships, and ground vehicles

DAYTON, Ohio, 1 April 2010. GE Aviation Systems LLC in Grand Rapids, Mich., is creating a power electronics research center near Dayton, Ohio, to develop electric power technology for more electric aircraft, off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, and marine applications.

Posted by John Keller

DAYTON, Ohio, 1 April 2010. GE Aviation Systems LLC in Grand Rapids, Mich., is creating a power electronics research center near Dayton, Ohio, to develop electric power technology for more electric aircraft, off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, and marine applications.

The center will work on advanced electrical power systems research and development in support of hybrid electric ground vehicles, the electrification of naval surface ships and especially in the aviation industry's More Electric Aircraft (MEA) technology.

GE's electrical power technology path supports coming generations of commercial air transports, business and regional jets, and strategic and tactical future programs such as the ground combat vehicle, the joint light tactical vehicle, unmanned aerial vehicles, and the miniaturization effort of electrical power on naval vessels.

The exact location of the center is to be announced by the end of 2010. GE expects EPISCENTER operations to begin in 2012. The Ohio Third Frontier Commission, which seeks to improve technology research and development in Ohio, is providing a capital grant for up to $7.6 million in support of the center.

The University of Dayton Research Institute will work with GE to develop and deploy computer modeling, simulation, and analysis of advanced electric power systems design and controls.

For more information contact GE Aviation online at www.ge.com/aviation.

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