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GE Appliances recognized with 13 Best of Year Awards

Written By: DW_Wood - Nov• 11•14

GELOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nov. 2014GE Appliances earned top honors in’s 2014 Best of Year Award program, receiving 13 awards. Recognition included the Best Smart Appliance Innovation award, six awards for refrigeration appliances, four awards for cooking appliances, and two awards for laundry appliances.’s experts test, rate and review the latest consumer electronics and home appliances, using standardized and scientific testing. The Best of the Year Award program recognizes products that are the best performing and best value.

The GE Profile™ 30” slide-in induction and convection range (PHS920SFSS) was named the Best Induction Range, which is currently a 10.0 rating from

Other GE ranges and cooktops receiving awards are the GE® 30” free-standing electric convection range (JB750SFS), the GE Café™ 30” built-in gas cooktop (CGP350SETSS) and GE Café 36” built-in gas cooktop.

“The GE Profile PHS920SFSS is an exceptional performer that marries the benefits of an induction cooktop to one of the best ovens we’ve tested,” said the editorial team. “It’s one of the best ranges we’ve ever tested, period.”

With the holiday cooking season fast approaching, the GE Profile slide-in induction range is the perfect addition to your kitchen. Roast your Thanksgiving turkey or bake your rugelach for Hanukkah in the oven’s True European Convection with Precise Air, keep your dinner rolls warm in the warming drawer and boil your potatoes in just minutes on the induction cooktop. With features to make cooking, baking and cleaning easier and faster, you’ll have more time to spend with family and friends.

“We are thrilled to have received such high honors from,” said Rob Posthauer, general manager of sales for GE Appliances. “The Best of the Year Awards acknowledge the innovative and quality products GE offers, from cooking to cooling to laundry appliances.”

GE also received recognition for the following products:
• GE FirstBuild™ Green Bean: Best Smart Appliance Innovation
• GE Café™ CFE28TSHSS: Best Refrigerator
• GE FirstBuild™ Pitcher Kit: Best Innovation in Refrigeration
• GE Café™ CFE28TSHSS: Best French Door Fridge
• GE Artistry™ ABE20EGEBS: Best Bottom Freezer
• GE® GIE16DGHBB: Best Value Fridge
• GE® FUF14SVRWW: Best Upright Freezer
• GE® JB750SFS: Best Mid-Range Electric Range
• GE Profile™ PHS920SFSS: Best Induction Range
• GE Cafe™ CGP350SETSS, CGP650SETSS: Best Gas Cooktop
• GE Profile™ PVM9179SFSS: Best Over-the-Range Microwave
• Hotpoint® HSWP1000MWW: Best Value Top-Load Washer
• Hotpoint® HTDP120EDWW: Best Value Dryer

This article is a direct c/p from GE News Room. Check out the links to all these products on the original Press Release site.

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Its been over a year

Written By: DW_Wood - Nov• 09•14

indexIt has been over a year since I last posted on this site. To tell you the truth I got so busy that I forgot all about it. I was researching something and this site came up as the number one choice in the Google search for the terms I was using.

I was glad I came across it. I forgot how much fun it was to have this site up and going. I will try to update this site with something new daily or at least every other day now that I finally found all my passwords and can get back in.

I am also looking forward to you the reader adding your ideas for blogs. I will also be searching out guest bloggers to give you a different perspective on things.

We are back, don’t forget to spread the word!

DW Wood
Editor of The Green Life Magazine

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STW and Philips focusing on more efficient, sustainably produced LED lighting

Written By: DW_Wood - Apr• 16•13

In order to meet the growing demand for sustainable lighting, Technology Foundation STW and Philips have taken the initiative to form the ‘Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions’ partnership. With eight recently approved research project proposals, the program is now officially launched. The aim of these projects is to develop innovative, efficient lighting that will also be available for new applications. The five-year program has had the sum of three million euros allocated to it: each of the partners will pay half. The initial results are expected in 2014.

Global lighting consumption continues to increase: partly due to the shift to a 24-hour economy, by about 2050 worldwide lighting consumption is expected to be almost three times higher than it is now. More energy-efficient lighting methods therefore need to be explored. The “Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions” partnership is looking for high-efficiency, attractive and affordable lighting that is also developed in a responsible way. Such lighting systems can contribute to solutions for social challenges in a variety of areas such as food production, health and well-being.

A call for proposals sent out to universities resulted in no fewer than 44 entries. After being evaluated by a committee of experts, eight projects were approved, which can be divided into two categories. Five projects are related to the exploration of new materials, the improvement of efficiency and the optimization of sustainable production of LEDs. The three remaining projects will examine how LED lighting can be used for health and energy savings, more efficient algae growth for biomass production and improved fruit quality.

“Advanced Sustainable Lighting Solutions” (ASLS) is one of the currently seven partnership programs of Technology Foundation STW for making Dutch science accessible with regard to specific questions from industry. The research projects in ASLS are to be conducted in the Netherlands, partly at universities, partly at Philips Research.

The eight approved research projects

“Multi-megahertz switched-capacitator integrated LED drivers (Mega-LED)”, Dr Eugenio Cantatore, Mixed-Signal Microelectronics Section, Electrical Engineering Department, Eindhoven University of Technology. LED drivers regulate the power supply to the array of LEDs that forms the lighting source. The objective of the project is to develop LED drivers on which all the necessary components are integrated, make external components as small as possible and the stabilize the power supply so that even powerful 100W lamps may be possible.

“Exploring direct-bandgap AlGaP nanowires for direct white emission sources (Green NanoLED)”, Dr Jos Haverkort, Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics Section, Applied Physics Department, Eindhoven University of Technology. The objective is to develop aluminum gallium phosphide (AlGaP) nanowires with a direct band gap, and hence high optical quality, and to demonstrate this by means of a green LED. This development aims to contribute to the development of white LED light without the need to use phosphor and of LEDs that can be set in RGB colors.

“Cadmium-free all-inorganic quantum dots as down-conversion LED phosphors (CadFrinDot)”, Dr Arjan Houtepen, Opto-Electronic Materials Section, Chemical Engineering Department, Delft University of Technology. Colloidal quantum dots are regarded as ideal candidates to replace today’s (red) phosphors in LEDs as they can considerably increase LEDs’ efficiency. Existing quantum dot phosphors have disadvantages, however: they are cadmium-based, do not lead to stable photoluminescence in the long term, and they are difficult to build into the required matrix material. This project will deal with the development of an alternative: inorganic, indium phosphide-based quantum dots for converting to longer-wave light in LEDs.

“Local efficiency and directivity mapping and manipulation (LEDMAP)”, Prof. Femius Koenderink, FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Amsterdam. The active materials in LEDs have become so efficient and stable that research is currently shifting to the development of nanostructures that allow control over the directional distribution, the spectrum and the brightness of LED light, and the white light produced after the conversion of blue LED light by phosphors. This project will address the simultaneous optimization of all of these factors using nanostructures.

“A new ray-trace method for optical design”, Dr Jan ten Thije Boonkkamp, Mathematics Section, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Eindhoven University of Technology. Ray-tracing is a common simulation technique in optical design. However, the technique is expensive and imprecise when simulating fine details. The objective of this project is to combine this technique with visualization of the phase space of the optical system. This makes it possible to split the phase space into a small number of ray sets. The new method will make the design of optical systems better, faster and cheaper. This will give rise to shorter development times for new prototypes of lamps and light sources that use LEDs.

“Healthy fruits by localised LED lights on fruits”, Prof. Leo Marcelis, Horticultural Production Chains (HPC) Section, Plant Sciences Department, Wageningen University & Research Center. Recent research has shown that LED light on growing tomato fruits doubles their vitamin C content. The objective of this project is to understand exactly how that happens and to develop a practical lighting strategy for increasing the vitamin C content in fruits.

“Dynamic LED lighting, thermal comfort, health, and energy savings in buildings”, Dr Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Human Biology Section, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University. Experiencing a pleasant temperature does not depend on temperature alone. Light is also an important factor in this. LED lighting makes it possible to manipulate the color, intensity and dynamics of the light. This project will examine the interaction between light incidence, thermal comfort and the energy consumption of the human body.

“Modulated LED lamps for improved light integration in algal culture (LEDitGrow)”, Dr Hans Matthijs, Aquatic Microbiology Section, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBDE), University of Amsterdam.
Algae are becoming more important as a future source of biomass and animal feed. The process of converting energy from sunlight by algae and plants is not particularly efficient: some 93-99% of the energy captured is lost. The electrons excited by light are only processed slowly in the reaction centers for photosynthesis. This project examines whether pulsed LED lighting can bring about improved processing of excited electrons and therefore increase photosynthesis efficiency.

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Panasonic Receives Energy Star Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

Written By: DW_Wood - Apr• 09•13

Energy Star AwardPanasonic Eco Solutions North America (PESNA) has again been awarded the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, the highest Energy Star Award, for its innovative and energy efficient ventilation fans, a first for the ventilation fan industry.

Energy Star is a program established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992 with a goal of improving energy efficiency in equipment and lowering CO2 emissions. Products with energy efficiency that meets the specifications are awarded with Energy Star certification and are allowed to use the Energy Star mark. About 20,000 organizations are participating in the program, and out of these, the organizations that show leadership in the program are awarded with the “Partner of the Year Award” and “Sustained Excellence Award”, specifically for organizations that have received the “Partner of the Year Award” more than twice.

PESNA has received the Partner of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012, and this year is the second consecutive year for the company to receive the sustained excellence award.

Panasonic’s ventilation fan business first entered the US market in 1993. As well as developing and manufacturing leading ventilation fans, such as its low-energy, low-noise and long-lasting “Whisper” series, the company has also promoted the standardization of energy saving for ventilation fans, leading to the establishment of the standards in 1999. In 2000, the company also received its first Energy Star certification in the US. Since then, the company has gone to release a wide range of energy-saving ventilation fans, with currently 55 out of the 59 models receiving Energy Star Certification. Receiving the award for the fourth consecutive year highlights the environmental performance of the products and the company’s commitment to the environment.

Through producing highly efficient indoor air quality (IAQ) products, such as ventilation fans, Panasonic will strive to contribute to the creation of healthy and comfortable environments.

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New Free “Green” Building Game for Kids… And Adults too

Written By: DW_Wood - Mar• 19•13

Plan It GreenNew Online City Building Game to Engage Nation’s Youth on Energy Solutions

WASHINGTON—March 18, 2013—National Geographic, GE (NYSE: GE) and the Center for Science, a national network of leading science centers, today released Plan It Green: The Big Switch (, a new, free-to-play online city building game that enables players to design their own virtual city and build it into the greenest, most energy-efficient metropolis in the world. The game is part of Connect! Transform the Future, a new national initiative designed to engage, enlighten and educate the nation’s youth in a conversation about the future of energy.

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GE Power Conversion to Supply Wind Turbine Test Facilities

Written By: DW_Wood - Mar• 14•13

GE’s Power ConversionMarch 14, 2013

* Advanced Nacelle Test Bench Will Enable Fault Ride-through Tests and Grid Simulation
* Equipment Incorporates GE’s Innovative Direct Drive Permanent Magnet Motor and Flexible Modular Inverter System
* Contract Confirms GE’s Reputation as a Leader in Drive Technology for Wind Power and Test Systems

PARIS—March 14, 2013—GE’s Power Conversion business has signed a turnkey contract with the Lindoe Offshore Renewables Center (LORC), a Danish center for testing renewable energy technology, for the construction, commissioning and handover of one of the world’s most advanced facilities to test wind turbine nacelles with an output power of up to 10 megawatts (MW). The Lindoe Nacelle Testing project (LNT) will be located in the Lindø Industrial Park on Funen, Denmark’s fourth-largest island. It will be ready for first tests in 2014.

The function tester will incorporate GE’s drivetrain, grid simulation, control systems and foundation work. It is comprised of medium-voltage switchgear, transformers, inverter system DDPM (direct drive permanent magnet) motor, HMI (human-machine interface) and foundation. GE will carry out the installation, commissioning and remote service for the project. The medium-voltage inverter system is a further development of GE’s existing MV7000 series and is one of the most compact medium-voltage inverters on the market. The MV7000 is based on tried-and-tested GE technology using dynamic control properties and low grid interference.

“GE is extremely pleased and proud to be a partner for LORC in building an outstanding test bench that will lead the wind industry into the future of a safer supply of renewable power,” says Franz Hubl, global business leader—test systems, at GE Power Conversion. “As a world leader in this field, we have significant experience to contribute.”

The new nacelle tester will enable LORC to test the functionality and performance of wind turbine nacelles by using a specially designed adapter that enables the turbine hub and all field operational software and hardware—including pitch control—to be included in the test. It will open up a wide range of opportunities to test wind turbine controllers inside the nacelle, using highly realistic test conditions at 33 kV level, which is unique in the test system business.

“We chose to work with GE because of their extensive knowledge in the wind power industry and their worldwide references for test systems,” says Ove Poulsen, chief executive officer at LORC. “GE also provided us with a technical solution that best fits the requirements for this project. Users will be able to carry out a full range of tests on their equipment without having to adapt their turbine software or hardware. Because the test bench can be connected to a ‘virtual’ wind farm (created by separate system), it will be able to operate as HIL—Hardware in the Loop.”

The test bench has a modular design that will enable it to be adapted to future needs. For example, its grid simulator power can be increased at a later date and thereby increase its functionality to carry out extended FRT (Fault Ride Through) tests—simulations of wind turbine systems to remain connected to the supply during grid malfunctions and to help stabilize it.

LNT will be able to meet the demands for testing of tomorrow’s offshore wind turbines in a facility where national grid codes can be tested in combination with loads caused by rapidly changing wind speed conditions. Electrical malfunctions and turbine protection systems have historically led to unforeseen excessive loadings of mechanical components and thereby reduced expected lifetime. At LNT, it will be possible to verify the stress levels under numerous different load cases, thereby helping to improve long-term reliability.

GE was helped in winning the contract by the fact that it already has worldwide references in test systems for the wind power industry and that it was able to offer LORC a technical solution that best fits its requirement. It is alone in producing direct drive permanent magnet motors in the double-digit megawatt range suitable for wind turbines. It offers a flexible automation and visualization system, and it owns important intellectual property rights on grid simulation.

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Philips LED Technology Helps Shine Light on Bay Bridge as Sustainable Art

Written By: DW_Wood - Mar• 07•13
LED Light on Bay Bridge as Sustainable Art

LED Light on Bay Bridge as Sustainable Art

Somerset, NJ – In a shining example of public-private partnership, The Bay Lights, the new LED lighting sytem for the Bay Bridge that was developed by Philips Color Kinetics, will go live this evening. Fulfilling the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of Illuminate the Arts (ITA) and the vision of acclaimed artist Leo Villareal, the bridge will become a one-of-a-kind lighted sculpture for the next two years. Installed with the support of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the bridge is expected to be viewed by over 50 million people and bring nearly 100 million in revenue to the local San Francisco economy. The new LED lighting system uses 85 percent less energy than traditional lighting technologies, energy that will be offset by dedicated solar panels set up in Davis, CA by CleanPath.

Villareal, creator of The Bay Lights, is a pioneer in the use of LED lights and computer driven imagery using Philips Color Kinetics eW Flex SLX product in 4200 Kelvin correlated color temperature for the Bay Lights project. eW Flex SLX is a versatile strand of individually controllable white light LED nodes. The durable, flexible form factor allows dynamic points of white light to be installed across nearly any interior or exterior surface which made it an ideal choice for The Bay Lights project. Philips Color Kinetics worked with Villareal to create custom spacing between the nodes to accommodate his design. In the end, almost 4.5 miles of product was installed on the bridge, roughly equal to the total length of the Bay Bridge, counting both spans. The lighting will be viewable from San Francisco and points north, but not by drivers crossing the bridge.

”Using Philips LED technology really gives me the creative flexibility I need to bring this bridge to life and fulfill my vision,” says Leo Villareal. “This isn’t about just lighting another bridge with white or colored light. The Bay Lights emphasizes the use of ‘intelligent’ lighting, fully utilizing individual control and the ability to create 255 levels of brightness per node. The custom software I have created allows for the creation of ever changing patterns site specifically created for this location with the goal of producing a work of art.”

Turning the bridge into a monumental light sculpture is a unique application of LED lighting technology that sets the Bay Bridge apart. Villareal networked 25,000 of these LED nodes to create complex algorithms and patterns across the bridge’s western span. These patterns dynamically recombine themselves over the two-year duration of the installation, transforming the bridge into a living piece of art which organizers believe to be the world’s largest LED light sculpture.

“The Bay Lights is a prime example of how LED technology can create meaningful value for a community in an environmentally friendly way,” said Bruno Biasiotta, CEO and president of Philips Lighting Americas. “As lighting and technology converge, we push the boundaries of how we interact with light and start to see the art of what is possible. Through the tireless work of ITA, Leo Villareal and CalTrans, the residents of San Francisco will have a stunning new piece of artwork that honors the city’s devotion to the arts and inviting visitors to see what else this fantastic city has to offer.”

Organizers of The Bay Lights have provided all the financial support for the project through private funding, not tax payers. Over the course of the year, it will cost approximately $11,000 in energy to light the piece, which translates into $30 per day or $4.25 per hour.

A live webstream and 3 min nightly archives of the piece every night for two years will be available at

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GE LED Channel Letter Lighting Allows Easier Layout, Faster Installation

Written By: DW_Wood - Jan• 14•13

GE LED Channel Letter LightingEAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — January 14, 2013 — (NYSE:GE) — Bright, uniform, reliable channel letter lighting is important to the brand image of countless businesses. Inconsistent or unlit elements can undermine customers’ positive perceptions. With more than 20 million linear feet of Tetra® product installed worldwide, GE continues to provide business owners and sign makers with the easy-to-install, worry-free and dependable LED channel letter lighting systems they demand.

“Professionals appreciate and specify GE LED sign lighting for more than its quality and reliability. They go with GE because we’ve designed the system to be fast and easy to install—from pre-drilled holes and industrial-grade mounting tape, to the flexibility to cut between any module,” said Mark Shepard, global product manager for GE Lighting. “Our proven system offers the potential to save money not just in operation but on the installation.”

The Tetra channel letter portfolio includes miniMAX (small letters), MAX (medium) and PowerMAX (large) options to meet any need. With Tetra products, customers can typically use one string of LED modules where two strings were needed before. Though slightly less bright, the outstanding uniformity of GE’s LED systems maintains impressive illumination across letter faces with fewer modules, meaning less cost in most cases.

Take for example a typical five-inch depth capitol ‘T’ using 13-15 LED modules arranged in two rows. With Tetra, the same capitol ‘T’ can be properly lit using a single string of seven to eight Tetra modules. Both Tetra PowerMAX and Tetra MAX stretch spoke spacing to a remarkable 11 inches in a five-inch depth channel letter while Tetra miniMAX allows nine inches in a four-inch depth channel letter.

This is thanks to GE’s unique optical lens technology, OptiLens™, which optimizes LED performance by capturing otherwise wasted light and redirecting it towards the face of the channel letter, while at the same time protecting each LED against moisture, humidity and corrosion.

And for signs that must shine brighter than the rest, GE offers a high-lumen Tetra MAX High Output option that is 53 percent brighter than the standard Tetra MAX system, but with the same layout instructions—reducing prep work and installation time for signage OEMs.

GE also rigorously tests all Tetra designs, components, products and processes to ensure that every LED channel letter lighting system enhances customers’ brands for years without the hassle and expense of repeated maintenance.

For more information about Tetra and other LED sign lighting solutions from GE, visit

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GE LED Solutions to Light Up Malaysia’s Premier Residential Development D’Island Residence

Written By: DW_Wood - Jan• 12•13

Residential Development D’Island ResidenceEAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — January 11, 2013 — (NYSE:GE) — D’Island Residence, a 175-acre, high-end residential development comprised of hundreds of homes, bungalows and condominiums in Puchong, Malaysia, will install nearly 200 GE LED R150 and R250 street and area lighting systems in the coming months. The use of more efficient, longer-life LED systems instead of traditional metal halide systems is expected to result in annual energy savings of more than $180,000 and vast improvements in light pollution and spill. Another LED solution — GE’s Tetra miniMAX system — will be deployed to bring greater visibility and virtually maintenance-free operation to the development’s channel letter entrance signage.

Mr. Dato’ Lim Hock San, Managing Director of Malaysia’s leading property developers LBS Bina Group Berhad, says, “D’ Island Residence is a milestone project for our company, and we place great importance on every detail to ensure that we offer the best living experience within a sustainable development. Quality illumination that is energy efficient is a key consideration. We are pleased to collaborate with GE Lighting for this project, and we have full confidence that the solution specified will meet our expectation of exceptional lighting output, along with reduced environmental impact resulting from reduced energy usage.”

The white LED light used throughout the development is designed to create a more modern and vibrant atmosphere in the night space.

Mr. O Swee Aun, Country Manager of GE Lighting in Malaysia, adds, “Lighting plays a key role in creating the right environment in a night space. In our experience, we’re finding that bright white outdoor LED systems do more than increase a sense of security for users of a space. The quality of light can actually enhance a person’s brand experience.”

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GE Scientists Unveil Greener, Smarter Sleigh for Santa Claus

Written By: DW_Wood - Dec• 21•12

GE Electric Santa Sliegh* An array of new technologies added to improve the sleigh
* New 3-D printed parts allow for sleeker, more aerodynamic blade design to improve energy efficiency
* Use of high temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) in the frame to enable travel into and out of outer space
* New electric traction motor with MEMS switching technology to provide green power when reindeer need to rest
* New Industrial Internet technologies will ensure safer, more efficient travel

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. and NORTH POLE, December 21, 2012 – Just in time for Christmas, a team of GE scientists and engineers have introduced several new features to Santa’s sleigh. The updated sleigh incorporates a number of new technologies that will make Santa’s travels greener, faster and much more efficient. To learn more about the new, advanced features, -click here-.

“It has been three years since we introduced a new sleigh for Santa, and we figured it was time to provide a few upgrades to make his ride even better,” said Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director of GE Global Research. “With the advancements GE scientists have made in 3-D printing, new materials like CMCs and the great opportunities to make machines smarter with the Industrial Internet, we have incorporated several new technologies to give Santa and his reindeer team a greener, smarter sleigh.”

When learning about the new upgrades, both Santa and the reindeer were excited.

Santa commented, “I am looking forward to flying into outer space. This will really save time by helping me get to destinations in different parts of the world much faster.”

And on behalf of all the reindeer, Rudolph commented, “The new feature that allows Santa to switch to electric power is welcomed by all the reindeer. Covering the entire globe can be pretty exhausting and having the opportunity to rest along our journey will help us remain in peak condition.”

New features of the sleigh include:

* A thin cooling solution that can improve jet engine aerodynamics and outfit Santa with a cooler, thinner laptop.
* Air Traffic Management Technology to help Santa and the reindeer steer clear of the planes en route on Christmas Eve.
* An Electric Traction Motor with MEMS switching technology to quickly and efficiently transfer power of Santa’s sleigh over to the electric motor to give the reindeer a break.
* 3-D printed sleigh blades for a more aerodynamic design to improve energy efficiency paired with a tough, flexible fabric to give Santa greater lift and maneuverability.
* An upgraded sleigh frame made from GE’s high temperature Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMCs) that will save energy and time by enabling flight into outer space and back.
* GE’s Durathon battery for reliably powering the accouterments in Santa’s sleigh. The battery can function under extreme temperature conditions.

Little concluded, “On behalf of all of GE’s scientists and engineers, Happy Holidays and best wishes for prosperous 2013 ahead.”

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