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Cadillac and ChargePoint Bring EV Customer Luxury Driving Experience

April 16, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, GM

World’s largest, most open electric vehicle charging network available to ELR drivers

2014 Cadillac ELR; Palm Springs and Santa Monica, California (Richard Prince/Cadillac Photo). Courtesy of GM

2014 Cadillac ELR (Richard Prince/Cadillac Photo).
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NEW YORK – Cadillac today announced a partnership with ChargePoint, the largest and most open electric vehicle-charging network in the world. The collaboration brings Cadillac ELR drivers immediate access to more than 16,500 charging locations on the ChargePoint network.

The ELR electrified luxury coupe went on sale at the end of 2013. It embodies Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy, combining provocative design with progressive technology. All 2014 and 2015 ELRs include a ChargePoint Driver Kit in the owner’s manual, providing access to its 16,500 EV charging stations. Many are located where EV drivers work, eat, shop and play.

“ChargePoint is thrilled that Cadillac, a marquee brand in the luxury car industry, has developed an electric vehicle for its customers,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “With the ELR, Cadillac is helping drive the rapid growth of EVs by offering an innovative and premium vehicle. We are confident that as more EV options come out, more people will make the switch to electric.”

By choosing ChargePoint as a partner for the ELR, Cadillac ensures that car buyers know there is a robust charging network to support the growth of electric vehicles. The ELR has a total range of 340 miles and an all-electric range of 37 miles – which more than covers the average daily commute.

By providing a ChargePoint card with every ELR, drivers can immediately sign up for free and get access to ChargePoint’s network.

“We strive to provide Cadillac buyers with the highest level of customer care and ease of use for their vehicles, which is why we chose to partner with ChargePoint for the ELR,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Global Cadillac chief marketing officer.

“ChargePoint’s large network with advanced technology ensures the smoothest charging and greatest driving experience for ELR drivers,” he said.

ChargePoint users have helped combat global warming by saving over 3.8 million gallons of gas and over 25 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 16,500 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.

ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 4.4 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 3.5million gallons of gasoline and driven 89 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com

About Cadillac

Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com.

This article is a repost, credit: GM.

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Nissan launches programs to make LEAF charging free and “EZ”

April 16, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, LEAF, Nissan, Sustainable San Francisco

2014 Nissan LEAF™ Photo courtesy of Nissan

2014 Nissan LEAF™
Photo courtesy of Nissan

NEW YORKNissan today announced the expansion of its successful “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF. In total, Nissan will launch “No Charge to Charge” in 25 U.S. markets, which are currently responsible for more than 80 percent of Nissan LEAF sales.

The “No Charge to Charge” expansion will use the new EZ-ChargeSM card, a first-of-its-kind platform that will offer Nissan LEAF owners access to the leading EV charging networks with a single, all-access card. New owners will receive an EZ-Charge card that will provide access to chargers with ChargePoint, Blink Network from Car Charging Group, AeroVironment and NRG eVgo.

“‘No Charge to Charge’ and EZ-Charge are a winning combination, making public charging free and easy for new LEAF buyers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing, Aftersales. “Public charging is an important way to provide added range confidence to EV buyers and persuade more shoppers to join the more than 110,000 LEAF drivers around the world.”

“No Charge to Charge” will launch using the EZ-Charge card on July 1, 2014, in 10 of the top markets for Nissan LEAF sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston and Washington, DC. The “No Charge to Charge” offer and EZ-Charge card will be provided retroactively to buyers in these markets who purchased their LEAF on or after April 1, 2014.

After the rollout in the first 10 markets, Nissan plans to add “No Charge to Charge” and EZ-Charge at LEAF dealers in at least 15 additional markets during the following year. More details on the programs in these additional markets will be made available closer to their launch.

The EZ-Charge access card is managed by NRG eVgo with support from ChargePoint, CarCharging and AeroVironment.

“Nissan’s commitment to mass-market electric cars is matched by our commitment to increase charging infrastructure for LEAF owners,” said Brendan Jones, director, Nissan EV Infrastructure and Strategy. “EZ-Charge is a natural progression of our multi-pronged commitment to developing EV charging at workplace campuses, at Nissan LEAF dealerships and in the communities where LEAF drivers live and work.”

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan                                                       

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About the EZ-Charge partners:

About ChargePoint

ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 16,500 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 4.5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 3.9 million gallons of gasoline and driven 93 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.

About CarCharging

Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) is the largest owner and operator of electric vehicle (EV) charging services with more than 13,650 charging ports in 35 states and three countries. CarCharging owns and operates the Blink Network, the software that operates, monitors, and tracks the Blink charging stations and all of its data, and owns and operates EV charging equipment manufactured by various additional providers.  CarCharging has strategic partnerships across multiple business sectors including multifamily residential and commercial properties, parking garages, shopping malls, retail parking, and municipalities, enabling EV drivers to easily recharge at locations throughout the United States. For more information about CarCharging or the Blink Network, please visit www.CarCharging.com, www.BlinkNetwork.com, www.facebook.com/Car.Charging or www.twitter.com/CarCharging.

About AeroVironment, Inc.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider with decades of experience delivering complete EV charging solutions, such as home charging, public charging, fast charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications, and complete installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers, utilities, government agencies and businesses. The company has deployed more than 15,000 Level II charging stations in North America and hundreds of DC fast-charging stations, including along the pioneering West Coast Electric Highway, where the company supplies, installs and maintains the highway’s EV charging network.  AeroVironment is a leading supplier of high-power test systems used worldwide by automakers and advanced battery manufacturers to develop the next generation of electric vehicles and batteries.  To learn more please visit www.evsolutions.com.

About NRG eVgo

The NRG eVgoSM network gives electric vehicle (EV) owners new freedom and range confidence via home and workplace charging docks, plus a network of fast charging stations conveniently located at retailers along major transportation corridors within eVgo cities. Service plans offered by eVgo can provide EV owners a home or workplace charger and use of eVgo’s Freedom Station® sites and other public charging stations. eVgo is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company at the forefront of changing how people think about, buy and use energy. Through eVgo, NRG will provide access to hundreds of public charging sites across California, Texas and the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To find out more, or to join the eVgo network, visit www.nrgeVgo.com. Connect with eVgo on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgeVgo. 

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U.S. Parking Facilities Cut Energy Use by 90 Percent, Switch 270 Million Square Feet to Energy Efficient Lighting

April 16, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech

Safeco Field Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field has reduced its carbon footprint via the installation of a 32.76-kW rooftop solar array. Since installing 168 solar panels on its elevator canopy of the parking garage and roof of the skybridge last April, the Mariners have been generating electricity for its internal televisions and monitors. The system generates 40,000 kWh of electricity annually. The project also installed high efficiency lighting and EV charging stations for the public. Caption credit DOE Photo courtesy of Ben VanHouten, Seattle Mariners

Safeco Field
Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field has reduced its carbon footprint via the installation of a 32.76-kW rooftop solar array. Since installing 168 solar panels on its elevator canopy of the parking garage and roof of the skybridge last April, the Mariners have been generating electricity for its internal televisions and monitors. The system generates 40,000 kWh of electricity annually. The project also installed high efficiency lighting and EV charging stations for the public.
Caption credit DOE
Photo courtesy of Ben VanHouten, Seattle Mariners

WASHINGTON – As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to helping U.S. businesses save money by saving energy, the Department’s Better Buildings Alliance is supporting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. To date, more than 100 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign and planning or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 270 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use by up to 90 percent.

“By making parking lots and garages more energy efficient, our partners in the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign are saving energy, improving their bottom lines and serving as models for other organizations to increase the use of energy efficiency in their communities,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson.

Building owners spend more than $6 billion to light their parking lots and garages, and much of this could be saved if parking lots and garages were upgraded to the most efficient lighting solutions. LEEP Campaign participants have upgraded their facilities to high efficiency metal halide, fluorescent, and LED solutions that last three times longer than their previous technology and by using controls are able to reduce energy use when parking facilities are not in use. Through the LEEP Campaign, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Alliance, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Green Parking Council and the International Facility Management Association are working together to help owners of parking lots and garages upgrade to energy efficient lighting.

Today, the Energy Department joined LEEP Campaign co-organizers to recognize 12 organizations for leading the way in efficient lighting. Combined, these 12 winners are saving nearly 45 million kilowatt-hours and $4 million per year by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in 500,000 parking spaces nationwide.

Since 2009, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Alliance has provided technical assistance to help building and parking facility owners and managers install energy efficient lighting. Find more information on the Energy Department’s broader efforts to save money by saving energy at U.S. parking facilities and a full list of the organizations recognized today.

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BART invites public to tour Fleet of the Future train car model

April 15, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, San Francisco, Sustainable San Francisco

The riders spoke and BART listened when designing the new Fleet of the Future train cars. Now the public is invited to experience what the new fleet will look and feel like during an unprecedented outreach effort with 10 events held all over the Bay Area between April 16th and May 9th. The public will get to walk through the model train car and provide feedback on the new modern features. This tour is the final review of the train car design before manufacturing and testing begin.

New Features

By popular demand, the new cars will be:

  • Quieter: “micro-plug” doors will help seal out noise
  • Cooler:  cooling systems will distribute air directly to the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
  • Comfortable:  padded seats will have lumbar support and will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
  • Easy to use:  routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens

Watch the above video for a sneak peek. More details about BART’s New Train Car Project can be found at www.bart.gov/cars

Please find attached the printable invitation.

Times & Locations

  • San Francisco—Justin Herman Plaza (Near Embarcadero Station) April 16, 2014 | 11:30am–7:00pm
  • West Oakland Station April 18, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Fremont Station April 21, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Pittsburg/Bay Point Station April 23, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • San Francisco—Civic Center Plaza (Fulton Street near Civic Center Station) April 25, 2014 | 11:00am–7:00pm
  • North Berkeley Station April 29, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Milpitas/San Jose—Great Mall Main Transit Center (Great Mall Parkway & S. Main Street) May 2, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Dublin/Pleasanton Station May 5, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Fruitvale Station May 7, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
  • Concord Station May 9, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
Image courtesy of BART

Image courtesy of BART

 

This article is a repost (4-2-14), credit: BART. Video courtesy of BART.

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Siemens receives major order for BorWin3 North Sea grid connection from TenneT

April 15, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Wind

  • Consortium leader Siemens to supply HVDC transmission technology
  • Consortium partner Petrofac responsible for construction and installation of platform
  • 900 megawatt (MW) BorWin3 grid connection to supply nearly one million German households with electricity from wind energy
  • Completion planned for 2019
High-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission technology is used to convert the a.c. power produced in the wind farms to low-loss direct current. To accomplish this, several substation platforms distributed throughout the wind farm transform the generated a.c. power before it is converted to d.c. power by an HVDC platform. The electricity is transported onto land by a submarine cable, where it is converted back into a.c. power. HVDC technology is normally employed for cable lengths greater than 80 kilometers. Courtesy of Siemens

High-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission technology is used to convert the a.c. power produced in the wind farms to low-loss direct current. To accomplish this, several substation platforms distributed throughout the wind farm transform the generated a.c. power before it is converted to d.c. power by an HVDC platform. The electricity is transported onto land by a submarine cable, where it is converted back into a.c. power. HVDC technology is normally employed for cable lengths greater than 80 kilometers.
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Siemens receives an order from TenneT for an offshore wind farm grid connection in the North Sea. In a consortium with Petrofac Siemens will supply the complete technology for efficient direct-current transmission for the BorWin3 grid connection as the consortium leader. The consortium partner Petrofac, with over 30 years of experience as a leading EPC contractor to the international oil and gas industry, will be responsible for the construction and offshore installation of the project’s platform. Supply and laying of the cables was tendered separately by TenneT and is therefore not part of the consortium’s scope of supply.

The BorWin3 grid connection, with a transmission capacity of 900 megawatts (MW), is the fifth order that Siemens has received from the German-Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT for connection of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. “BorWin3 will supply nearly one million German households with clean electricity from wind power. We can now fully apply our broad experience gained in our first four pioneer projects in the North Sea to this project”, declared Karlheinz Springer, CEO of the Power Transmission Division of the Siemens Energy Sector. Commencement of commercial operation of Borwin3 is scheduled for 2019.

The scope of supply includes the entire high-voltage equipment of the grid access system as well as the complete onland station. Both converters, which are meant to turn the alternating current into the direct current one and then back again, constitute an essential part of the installation. In addition to this, Siemens supplies two power transformers per station at a rating of about 670 MVA as well as the entire air and gas insulated high-voltage switchgear equipment. Furthermore, Siemens is in charge of the overall construction works of the onland station. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter modules are going to be designed, manufactured and tested at the Siemens converter factory in the city of Nuremberg. The technology applied here is well-proven and it is already successfully used in four offshore projects by Siemens. The power transformers are also manufactured by Siemens at the factory in Nuremberg.

The converter technology applied by Siemens, which is referred to as the HVDC Plus, stands for a voltage-sourced converter constructed on the basis of the Modular Multilevel Converter concept (VSC MMC). Pioneering the VSC MMC technology, Siemens boasts the technological leadership in this field. Unlike the conventional HVDC variant used only in the grids with a sufficient level of short-circuit power, the installations furnished with the HVDC Plus provide the black-start capability of the islanded grids, which is the basic requirement when operating an offshore network. The modular VSC technology helps reduce the complexity and subsequently the size of installations – which is a mandatory requirement especially when used on offshore platforms. Moreover, the HVDC Plus ensures a virtually ideal sinus-shaped alternating current voltage and a smooth voltage in the direct current voltage circuit. This makes the use of harmonic filters superfluous.

This 160 kilometers (km) long grid connection will link several wind farms to the mainland. The 155 kilovolt (kV) alternating current supplied by the wind power plants will be transformed into 320 kV direct current on the BorWin3 offshore platform. A basic principle behind power transmission is: The higher the voltage, the more energy that can be transmitted via a cable and the less the losses. Normally, direct current transmission is implemented in cable links of more than 80 km, as this is usually more economical, and also because transmission of alternating current over such distances and at these high power levels would result in a major portion of the energy being lost without any means of compensation. The BorWin3 link will transport electrical energy via cable over 130 km at sea and a further 30 km on land to the grid feed-in point in Emden. The direct current will then be converted back into alternating current for further transmission and distribution. Thanks to the efficient Siemens HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology, transmission losses over the link, excluding cable losses, are less than three percent.

The platform will be designed as a parent platform, equipped with a helipad and crews’ quarters. Siemens will essentially be supplying the HVDC technology for the platform and will be responsible for the construction of the complete HVDC converter station on land. In all, Siemens is now implementing five North Sea grid connection projects for TenneT. Projects to date are: HelWin1 (576 MW) and HelWin2 (690 MW) off of Helgoland, BorWin2 (800 MW) off of Borkum and SylWin1 (864 MW) off of Sylt. Those grid connections are well advanced and are scheduled to take up operation successively between 2014 and 2015.

HVDC solutions and the associated service are part of the Siemens environmental portfolio. Around 43 percent of the company’s revenues are provided by green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/energy

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Getaround Partners With The City Of San Francisco To Launch On-Street Carsharing; Plans To Double Fleet

April 14, 2014 in Car sharing, EV News, San Francisco, Sustainable San Francisco

San Francisco Getaround HQ

San Francisco Getaround HQ

Project will expand carsharing across San Francisco, promises to reduce parking congestion, improve environment & boost local economy.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 9, 2014 – It is official, Getaround is one of three carsharing services selected by the SFMTA as a partner in the new Carsharing Policy and Pilot Project in San Francisco. In addition, the SFMTA is releasing the on and off-street parking spot selections and the project launch timeline. Getaround is the leading peer-to-peer carsharing company that enables you to find, rent, and unlock great cars instantly from your phone. The other two San Francisco based companies selected for the project are ZipCar and local non-profit City CarShare. The project is unprecedented in its scope and scale, and Getaround’s inclusion represents an inflection point for peer-to-peer carsharing.

The two-year project, which will include approximately 900 new carsharing parking spots across the city, aims to accommodate the growing popularity of carsharing services in San Francisco and make carsharing a real alternative to car ownership in every neighborhood across San Francisco. In doing so, it also stands to improve San Francisco’s local economy, traffic congestion, and environment by eliminating over 10,000 cars in San Francisco.

“As carsharing is expanded across the City, San Franciscans will be able to instantly access a great car when and where they need it, providing a real alternative to car ownership.’ said David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who has championed on-street car- sharing opportunities, “This is smart policy and represents an important step toward building a more connected, sustainable, Transit First city.”

The project’s benefits are expected to be substantial. Studies have shown each shared vehicle removes approximately 10 cars from the road, with recent studies in leading markets showing a displacement of 32 cars. By creating 900 spaces for carshare vehicles the project stands to eliminate tens of thousands of cars from San Francisco’s congested streets and parking ecosystem. San Franciscans can participate in the project by applying to put their personal car in the project via Getaround, both offsetting the cost of car ownership and benefitting their local neighborhood.

The project is also the latest illustration of of the rapid growth of Getaround and adoption of the Sharing Economy. “This is an inflection point for peer-to-peer carsharing and the future of cities,“ said Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround. “This project will effectively double the size of Getaround Instant’s fleet and empower San Franciscans to earn additional income, approximately $500-$1000 a month, while helping the environment—this is good for our community and will serve as a model for cities around the world.”

The project has gained support from leading organizations in both the environmental and business community including SPUR, citi.sf, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “San Francisco’s carsharing service is as much a transportation solution as an environmental solution. It will allow SF residents to meet their daily needs without having to own a car, saving them thousands of dollars a year and making it more affordable to live here,” says Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director for Urban Solutions at the NRDC.

The SFMTA is hosting a public hearing about the Project on May 2nd and will roll out the on- street locations this summer. Local residents are encouraged to attend the hearing to learn more and show support for the project. If you are interested in participating by sharing your car or joining Getaround as a member, signup for free at Getaround.com.

Photo courtesy of Getaround

Photo courtesy of Getaround

About Getaround

Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour, day, or week through a trusted online marketplace. With Getaround Instant, now it is easier and more convenient to share your car with the use of an iPhone and the patented Getaround Carkit.  Getaround is free to join, and for as little as $5 an hour, members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a Smart to a Tesla, offsetting the high cost of car ownership and have complete insurance coverage backed by Assurant. Getaround helps to create a seamless and fun sharing experience. while making a positive impact on the environment, and earning thousands in extra income each year.

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GE Power Conversion Helps Propel US Navy into the Future with First All-Electric Warship

April 14, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Politics

  • Next Generation Destroyer USS Zumwalt Recently Launched in Bath, Maine
  • GE Power Conversion Provides Electric Propulsion and Power Management Systems for U.S. Navy’s Most-Advanced Multi-Mission Destroyer
  • First All-Electric Design Sets the Standard for Future Naval Shipbuilding
First Zumwalt Class Destroyer Launched (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works).

First Zumwalt Class Destroyer Launched (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works).

PITTSBURGH - The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), 610 feet long and with a displacement of 15,656 long tons, is the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy and is the first of its kind in recent history to use an electric propulsion system with induction based motors, rather than propelling the ship directly with gas turbines. The ship marks a new era for naval vessel design. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has provided the integrated power systems to the U.S. Navy for its first “all-electric” warship.

The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy’s most-advanced multi-mission destroyer. It has been developed as a successor to the DD(X) program, which in turn evolved from the DD-21 program. It is sleeker and carries state-of-the-art weapons that the Navy estimates will allow it to hit targets at a range of more than 60 miles. Designed for surface warfare, anti-aircraft and naval fire support, the ship’s revolutionary technologies extend from its outward appearance to its internal equipment.

GE is supplying the integrated power systems, including advanced induction propulsion motors, switchboards, propulsion converters, power management, power quality equipment and system engineering and integration services—in essence, the essential equipment to make the power system operate. GE has a firm order to supply these systems to three vessels.

“When the Navy challenged the industry with the need for the electrical systems required to support next-generation naval warfare, it chose GE Power Conversion. We rose to the challenge and have delivered a capability never before seen on a naval vessel, with the support of a team of our world-class engineers,” said Paul English, marine business leader for GE’s Power Conversion business.

While GE’s Power Conversion business has been providing electric propulsion systems for almost 100 years, these systems are a first on a U.S. Naval destroyer. The system is capable of propelling the ship, powering the radars and the Integrated Fight Through Power, a zonal electric distribution system, thanks to the 78 megawatts of power generated on the ship. In an all-electric ship, the turbines are shared by one distribution system. This new all-electric design also gives greater flexibility to where power is distributed across the ship according to varying needs including additional radar or weapon power, for example.

GE’s Power Conversion business became involved with the U.S. Navy with a related technology demonstration contract in the late 1990s when it supplied an Advanced Induction Motor (AIM) and pulse-width modulation converter for testing at NAVSSES in Philadelphia. More recently, Power Conversion provided a double-flanged AIM to the Navy’s land-based test site in Philadelphia to operate in conjunction with a water brake as part of a four-quadrant load test facility for testing high-power naval machines.

About GE Power Conversion

GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electrification of the world’s energy infrastructure by designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. Serving specialized sectors such as energy, marine, oil and gas, renewables and industry, through customized solutions and advanced technologies, GE Power Conversion partners with customers to maximize efficiency. To learn more, please visit: www.gepowerconversion.com.

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GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.

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