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GE Engineers Working "Behind the Plug" to Modernize the Grid

GE Engineers Working Behind the Plug to Prepare the Grid for a Zero Carbon Future
  • Driving a myriad of innovative products and technologies to support the energy transition
  • Pushing energy storage and grid-forming inverter controls to maintain stability as renewable generation grows
  • Deploying microgrids and more advanced transformers to strengthen resiliency against catastrophic weather events and disasters
  • Implementing new digital solutions to improve the grid’s operability and meet the challenge of managing a more diverse and dynamic power generation mix the energy transition will bring

NISKAYUNA, NY – Monday, April 18, 2022 – Is the grid ready for a zero- carbon energy future? GE scientists and engineers from the company’s research lab, Renewable Energy, Grid Solutions and Digital businesses are working hard “behind the plug” to make sure the answer yes.

As we commemorate Earth Day 2022, GE Research has introduced a new grid modernization webpage, showcasing key initiatives GE energy leaders and engineers are working on to modernize the grid and support the transition to a carbon-free energy landscape. We also introduce you to GE’s new grid ambassador, Ellie Electricity.

Ellie Electricity said managing the grid is a lot like conducting an orchestra, stating, “For most of the grid’s history, the orchestra of players has been limited to centralized power plants that produce huge, continuously spinning turbines that turn generators and produce electrical energy. Today, and increasingly in the future, this orchestra is expanding to include many more ‘instruments’ like wind turbines, solar farms, energy storage technologies and more sophisticated transmission and distribution equipment like grid-forming inverters to better manage the flow of power.”

Ellie added, “As the grid adds more wind and other renewable instruments to the band, it will require a new conductor to maintain that perfect harmony the grid must have to deliver power reliably and safely. That’s where digital solutions can help. The new digital solutions GE is deploying will help grid operators control and optimize what will become a much more dynamic and complex energy system to manage.”

With products and technologies that help produce 1/3 of the world’s electricity and a footprint spanning the grid from power generation to the home, GE engineers are developing and deploying new solutions across the grid to improve its stability, resiliency, and operability.

To meet some of GE scientists and engineers behind this cutting-edge work, click here to see and learn firsthand the specific initiatives they are driving to drive a successful energy transition.  And to learn more about how the grid works, how it will change, and why new technologies will be needed, be sure to watch our introductory video featuring Ellie Electricity to answer those questions and more.

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GE Research is GE’s innovation powerhouse where research meets reality. We are a world-class team of scientific, engineering and marketing minds working at the intersection of physics and markets, physical and digital technologies, and across a broad set of industries to deliver world-changing innovations and capabilities for our customers.   To learn more, visit our website at  www.ge.com/research/.

“For most of the grid’s history, the orchestra of players has been limited to centralized power plants that produce huge, continuously spinning turbines that turn generators and produce electrical energy. Today, and increasingly in the future, this orchestra is expanding to include many more ‘instruments’ like wind turbines, solar farms, energy storage technologies and more sophisticated transmission and distribution equipment like grid-forming inverters to better manage the flow of power.” - Ellie Electricity, GE's Grid Ambassador
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