GE Electrification Symposium Shows More Electrified World

GE Electrification Symposium showcases Increasingly Electric Powered World

You could literally feel the electricity at GE's Research Center in Niskayuna, NY this week, as 200+ attendees including key thought leaders from industry, government and academia gathered for the annual Electrification Symposium.  

Building on this year’s theme “Transforming Electric Power,” Kathleen O’Brien, Technology Director, Electric Power Technologies,  kicked it off by highlighting three interdependent requirements driving electrification entitlement: Powering more loads electrically, Moving power reliability and efficiently, and Connecting and controlling clean generation.

Kathleen O'Brien


The future of #electricflight, #renewableenergy, #grids, and #electricvehicles were just a few of the big topics discussed among featured speakers: Ed Hall, General Manager of Engineering, GE Renewable Energy, Dr. Jiaqi Liang, Director of Power Electronics at Hyperloop One, Hakan Yilmaz, VP and CTO at BorgWarner Inc., Dr. Patrick McGrath, Deputy Director for Technology at ARPA-E, and distinguished faculty members from the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyVirgina Tech and the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The event provided a steady “current” of insights about the future trends in electrification, as key thought leaders shared their perspectives on:

Technologies more critical to supporting the growth in renewable generation - Ed Hall, General Manager of Engineering, GE Renewable Energy

The evolution of #electricvehicle technologies and the value of connecting and collaborating in the larger #electrification ecosystem - Hakan Yilmaz, VP and CTO Borg Warner

What it takes to deliver renewable energy in rural areas to load centers across the nation - Carl Imhoff, from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL

Throughout the three-day event, attendees had the opportunity to network with key thought leaders and stakeholders; take a campus tour of GE’s labs, including its 6MW Future of Energy Test Facility; and attend interactive technology demonstrations in electrification from GE and its external partners.  The Symposium also featured Grid of the Future panel with top experts in their field -  Allen Hefner, US DOE, Rana Mukerji, NYISO, Guohui Yuan, US DOE and Richard Zhang, GE Renewable Energy.

Future of Grid Panel

Matt Nicholls, VP, Invenergy Energy Solutions, attended the  Electrification Symposium to see what's new in the energy space and shared his excitement on the technology and market paths accelerating in electrification.

The Electrification Symposium also attracted future leaders of tomorrow as 30+ students from Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University attended a special networking session where they had the opportunity to meet with GE Research’s Technology Managers and learn about GE’s technology development in topics such as Power Systems, Power Electronics, and Electric Machines.

Visiting students

Rounding out the event we were also excited to announce a great partnership with NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration on a $12 million program to advance the future of electric flight.

Breaking the attendance record with more than 200 attendees, nine external sponsors, and 17 technical sessions, this year’s event marked the largest Electrification Symposium yet. #GEelectrifciation19


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