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GE Rolls Out Utility-Scale Batteries

May 6, 2010
GE Energy Storage Technologies, a New Orleans-based unit of GE Transportation, last month introduced its battery technology for utility companies. Under the brand Durathon, the sodium-based batteries can have an operable life of up to 20 years, providing ...

GE Energy Storage Technologies, a New Orleans-based unit of GE Transportation, last month introduced its battery technology for utility companies. Under the brand Durathon, the sodium-based batteries can have an operable life of up to 20 years, providing an alternative to costly new power generation.

“Utility companies are facing unprecedented challenges and we're working with them to create a better energy system, one that can bring energy to customers where it's needed, when it's needed, efficiently and for the best price,” said Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage Technologies. “GE's Durathon battery technology has been developed to change the future of power generation, transmission and distribution for end users around the globe.”

The Durathon battery technology was developed to support a broad range of utility-oriented applications, including transmission and distribution upgrade deferral, time shifting, congestion relief, peak shaving, load following and reserve capacity. Additionally, it will support end-user applications such as time-of-use management , demand charge reduction, and power quality improvement, said GE.

GE announced last fall that it's building a new battery plant in Schenectady, N.Y. The facility is sited in close proximity to GE Global Research in Niskayuna, where researchers will continue to work on enhancements to the battery chemistry and related systems technology. GE is making a $150 million investment to build upon the Durathon battery technology through the development of new materials, new manufacturing technologies and intelligent controls.

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