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Best Photos of 2016: The GE Edition

Every year, GE sends photographers, filmmakers and other artists around the world to document its technology in action. 2016 was no different. Pilot and photographer Adam Senatori flew to the Farnborough International Airshow to photograph the world’s latest and largest planes, Chris New went inside GE’s brand-new 3D-printing factory, and lensman and musician Ruben Wu visited America’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island. Take a look.

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Above: GE’s new Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) looks like a futuristic set for a Stanley Kubrick movie. Image credit: Chris New/GE Reports. Top image. David Doubilet photographed America’s first offshore wind farm with his unique split-lens camera that shoots above and below the water at the same time. Image credit: David Doubilet/GE Reports

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Tyson Wheatley captured a GE Haliade wind turbine at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm reflected against the smooth surface of a helicopter at sunset. Image credit: Tyson Wheatley/GE Reports

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A bank of AC/DC converters in Rio Madeira, Brazil. Image credit: GE Energy Connections

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Lara Crouch is an occupational health nurse at GE’s locomotive plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Image credit: Lauren Marek and Carra Sykes/GE Reports


Artist Claudia Meyer makes paintings, sculptures, installations and even furniture from turbine blades, massive springs from bullet trains, blueprints and other discarded industrial parts at her studio located in a GE factory in Paris, France. Image credit: Claudia Meyer


Last summer, volcano explorer Sam Cossman lowered himself inside Nicaragua’s active Masaya Volcano, installed sensors in the crater and connected them to Predix, a software platform GE developed for the Industrial Internet. “We are basically bringing the first volcano online,” Cossman says. Image credit: Sam Cossman


The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh “fly-in” takes place every summer in Wisconsin. The event is really the Burning Man festival for pilots and plane enthusiasts. But it also draws big aviation companies like GE and Boeing, which was celebrating its centenary there this year. Image credit: Rob Butler/GE Reports


Brad Mottier, who runs GE Aviation’s business and general aviation unit, started coming to Oshkosh as a boy. This summer he flew himself 500 miles from Cincinnati in his yellow Aviat A-1C Husky plane. His business launched in Oshkosh a brand-new turboprop engine that includes 3D-printed titanium components and jet-like electronics controls. Image credit: GE Reports


Boeing test pilot Ed Wilson brought to the Farnborough Air Show in England the American plane maker’s brand new, next-generation Boeing 737 MAX passenger jet. The jet uses a pair of LEAP-1B jet engines developed by CFM International, a joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran Aircraft Engines of France. The LEAP is the first jet engine in the world with 3D-printed fuel nozzles and space-age, heat-resistant ceramics that are as tough as the best alloys but weigh one-third as much. As a result, the LEAP is 15 percent more fuel efficient than comparable CFM engines. All images credit: Adam Senatori/GE Reports


Luca Iaconi-Stewart says he’s “a crazy guy who loves aviation.” That might be an understatement. The 24-year-old spent the last seven years in his parents’ house building an exquisitely precise replica of an Air India Boeing 777 jet made entirely from cut-up paper folders. Image credit: Luca Iaconi-Stewart


GE engineers use supercomputer simulations to study hot, turbulent air inside gas turbines and jet engines. Image credit: Vittorio Michelassi/GE Aviation


Hidden away above the tiny Swiss Alpine town of Linthal, deep inside a snowcapped granite massif, sits Europe’s newest engineering marvel. It is a hydropower plant like no other, able to generate as much electricity as a nuclear power plant and, at the flip of a switch, act as a giant battery. Image credit: Eric Lenoir/GE Reports

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When the digital micro switch shows up in mobile devices and fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, it could boost data transfer rates into the gigabits per second. That should be enough to download an HD movie in seconds flat. Image credit: Menlo Microelectronics


Freelium is a new magnet technology that is being developed by GE Healthcare. It is designed to enable GE MRI magnets to make do with 1 percent of the helium that conventional MRIs require. GIF credit: GE Reports


A Haliade nacelle during installation at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island offshore wind farm. Image credit: GE Reports


Photographer Reuben Wu snapped the Harvest Moon as it rose over GE’s 560-feet tall Haliade wind turbine at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. Image credit: Reuben Wu/GE Reports


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