Lighting engineers from CEE have played a major role in contributing to the 2012 Olympics to become the first ever “sustainable Games.” Tonight a new decorative lighting will be inaugurated by thousands at the river banks and through BBC by millions. Read more at the next piece of our series about the CEE region and the Olympics which GE is one of the 11 Worldwide Partners of. A recent roundtable in Budapest co-hosted by the President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and GE, one of the key infrastructural suppliers of the Games, showcased some of GE’s Olympics related projects with a link to CEE.
Archives for : May 2012
The 12th anniversary of the Engineering Design Center Polska (EDC), officially celebrated in April, is proof of the very fruitful cooperation between GE and the Institute of Aviation, as well as their joint success. Although the decision to start the cooperation was not free of some anxiety and potential risks, one can now say without hesitation that the EDC responded positively to all challenges.
Across the CEE region, heavy industry and oil & gas facilities face the challenge of meeting growing demand for their products and services, while reducing the emissions involved in their manufacture. While the region’s manufacturing output continues to grow, industry has to answer the question: How to balance the increasing growth against the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions reduction to 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050, established by EU Energy Roadmap?
The latest of GE Lighting’s cost conscious and environmentally friendly lighting solutions were showcased at Light+Building 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany, the world’s biggest trade fair of its kind. The main theme was energy efficiency and after months of busy preparations at the GE Lighting EMEA Headquarters, our team was there in force.
We presented our lighting solutions on the three most important application areas where light has an impact on us: our health, our safety and our shopping decisions. Our office lighting, roadway/street lighting and retail applications bring about greener and more ergonomic offices, safer cities and environments, and enhanced shopping experience.
One of the goals of this blog is to facilitate best practice sharing among CEE countries to speed up their development. The below one is definitely an educational best practice that brings business and schools closer in Romania. Guest blog post by Valentina Capotă, Inspector for the Economic Fields of Studies, Bucharest Educational Inspectorate, Romania I think school bells sounded differently in Romania in the first week of April, following the initiative of the Ministry of Education to implement a program entitled “A Different School”. The pilot program gave schools full flexibility to take initiatives and set their timetable in synergy with students’ interests and talents, connecting them with business and society.
It may sound strange, but in a way a gas turbine in a power station can really accelerate like an airplane engine, thanks to the “aeroderivative” gas turbine technology which results in an unmatched combination of speed, reliability and efficiency. Being the result of imagination at work and based on a well-kown track record of life-changing innovations, the aeroderivative technology builds flexible and efficient natural-gas power plants, allowing them to quickly increase or decrease their electricity generation to compensate for variations in wind or solar power, making it easier to use intermittent sources of renewable energy. An aeroderivative gas turbine like the FlexAero LM6000 - assembled at the GE Energy plant in Veresegyház, Hungary - can generate enough electricity for a town with as many as 50,000 homes and it can get from cold iron to 50 megawatts in just 10 minutes.
Guest post by Christian Egenhofer, Associate Senior Research Fellow and head of the Energy and Climate Program, Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
Poorer eastern EU member states are privileged when it comes to low-carbon transition but the window of opportunity is closing fast. While the transition to a low-carbon economy is all about technology, it is ultimately government policy that matters. Nowhere is this truer than in the poorer member states in Central and Eastern Europe. Contrary to what we think, Central and Eastern European EU member states are in a privileged position, but only if they seize their opportunities.
AmCham EU hosted its ninth annual Doorknock in the US between 7-10 May. The organisation chaired by Hendrik Bourgeois of GE Europe, presented its European study Why U.S. companies should stay the course at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. 8 May.
Guest post by Milan Šlapák, Commercial Director at GE Aviation Czech
Let me share with you some great news from the Czech GE Aviation regarding our activities in the Russian market. Sokol JSC, a leading service provider known throughout the Russian Federation, has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an Authorized Service Center (ASC) for GE’s M601 and H80 turboprop aircraft engines. The agrement allows our business to extend its services to Russia and to get even more support in the CIS region.
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