PSS: gas-powered road trip

On Tuesday, November 6, from 10 am–2 pm, General Electric brought a truck staffed with engineers to RPI. These engineers provided members of the Rensselaer community with information regarding their breakthrough in the field of energy. GE Power & Water Communications and Public Affairs Manager Chris Horne said, “GE Power & Water, headquartered in Schenectady, announced a breakthrough technology for natural gas-fired power plants that combines record-setting heavy-duty gas turbine efficiency with the operating flexibility to better incorporate renewable sources of energy (wind and solar) into the electrical grid.” GE has already decided to make $1.2 billion worth of orders. The engineers who visited RPI talked to students primarily about this breakthrough and their “‘FlexEfficiency 60’ portfolio of products.” The interior of the truck contained interactive tutorials and 3D models of this new energy technology. From RPI, they will travel around to 14 other cities across the country during a coast-to-coast tour.