New Natural Gas Opportunities

Recent headlines showed Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) losing the race for cleaner diesel locomotive engines to GE(1). (See note 1 for disclaimer.) Caterpillar had purchased the Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) business in 2010 that had previously been owned by General Motors, as Continue reading New Natural Gas Opportunities

From Sail to Hybrids Part 2

The first major postwar development in ships’ propulsion was nuclear propulsion. Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines became the backbone of naval strategy following WW II. Nuclear-powered aircraft carriers could remain on station anywhere in the world for several months. The Continue reading From Sail to Hybrids Part 2

Solar Takes Some Hits

Two years ago, GE announced plans to double its investment to $600 million in its Aurora, Colorado solar panel manufacturing plant. GE said the plant would create 400 jobs. GE entered the solar panel business in 2007 when it invested Continue reading Solar Takes Some Hits

Wind Farm Rotor Failures

A recent report, The Performance of Wind Farms in the United Kingdom and Denmark, indicated a shorter life for wind turbines than the predicted 20-year life.  See March 5 article, Bad News for Wind Energy. There is a wind farm Continue reading Wind Farm Rotor Failures

LED Revolution

The most important innovation in energy efficiency over the past ten years has been LED lighting1. LEDs achieve an 85% improvement in efficiency, when compared with a 100 watt incandescent bulb: Or 40% when compared with a comparable compact fluorescent Continue reading LED Revolution

The Seal-pac Transformer Story

This is the story of a bold attempt by GE to manufacture a compellingly different distribution transformer. Pole type distribution transformers are ubiquitous, seen hanging near the top of distribution, i.e., telephone poles. They are connected to power lines, commonly Continue reading The Seal-pac Transformer Story