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I spent last week at AISTech – one of the largest conferences of the year for the iron and steel industry – and conversations with attendees centered on how steel producers can implement new technology to remain competitive in the market. As companies around the world expand city skylines, put more planes in the sky and ships in the sea, and produce enough electronics to put them in the hands of millions of consumers, steel producers are being asked to meet a skyrocketing demand. In fact, by the year 2050, world steel production levels are expected to double from 2010 levels. Facing this rapid growth and the mounting global concerns about climate change, steel mill operators around the world are on the hunt for more reliable, efficient and productive sources of power to boost steel production capacity while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of their operations.

Established in 1958, Wuhan Iron & Steel Group Corp (WISCO) is the first “giant” iron and steel corporation to operate in China since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, ranking fourth in production output in China and fifth globally. At the time WISCO and GE Energy began their business relationship in 2007, WISCO was making approximately 40 million tons of iron and steel a year, operating with traditional steam boilers. A rising demand for steel was driving the need for more electricity, eventually requiring up to 10 billion kilowatt hours per year. That level of energy consumption was unsustainable for WISCO and a costly drain on the public grid. Spurred by new legislation setting stringent regulations on steel mill efficiency in China, WISCO engaged GE Energy to develop and execute an innovative approach to power generation that would increase energy efficiency and profitability, all while reducing emissions and maintaining a high level of production. Keep reading →

As the world’s population rises, food and energy resources will both become scarcer commodities.

Some are hoping that the food and energy sectors can work together to maximize the world’s resources through smart grid technology, biomass technology like food waste-to-heat electrical generators, biogas and ethanol, and water efficiency technology that will allow both agriculture and power companies to access much-needed water. Keep reading →

According to a recent US Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, worldwide energy consumption will grow 53% from 2008 to 2035, with about half of that demand coming from rapidly-developing economies in China and India.

Even though those countries have not yet imposed rigorous greenhouse gas emissions standards, China, in particular, has been leading the world in clean energy development. But India may not be far behind. Keep reading →

All energy use more or less involves the creation and movement of heat, so it stands to reason that the less heat created or used in a process, the more efficient.

Advanced Electron Beams claims it has the key to performing many of the tasks that currently use substantial amounts of heat while saving significant amounts of energy. Sterilization, ink curing and polymer strengthening are all processes core to the functioning of modern civilization, and all traditionally require significant amounts of energy use. Keep reading →

Building a gas plant literally in the middle of a wind farm represents almost every trend underway in the energy sector today.

In this slideshow, GE Energy documents the groundbreaking of the CPV Sentinel natural gas plant that uses turbines to complement intermittent renewables like wind and solar. The CPV plant uses the LMS100, a quick-starting gas turbine that can back-fill wind supply. Keep reading →

It was unnecessary to feign surprise when a planned advanced coal gasification technology project was put “on hold” at the University of Wyoming late last week.

“Capital from the private sector only flows to large and ambitious projects when there is reasonably regulatory, legal and financial certainty,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead said in responding to the delay on the $100 million High Plans Gasification – Advanced Technology Center. “This is a real world example of the local impact of the federal government’s failure to provide a policy path forward for energy use in America.” Keep reading →

Electric vehicle charging stations are now headed home, literally.

GE Energy Industrial Solutions has joined with Lowe’s to offer consumers its new GE WattStation Wall Mount Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station. The station will charge EV’s in less time than standard overnight chargers and will soon be available for both home and commercial use, the company says. Keep reading →

Following a spate of acquisitions and a five-year $11 billion pop in revenue growth, GE Energy is moving around its top executives and forming a new energy management business.

The new GE Energy Management business will “consist of technology solutions for the delivery, management, conversion and optimization of electrical power for customers across multiple energy-intensive industries,” the company said in announcing the changes today. Keep reading →