Powering up for cleaner UK energyBy Hugh Fort
December 10, 2009
Bright sparks at a Bracknell company have launched a pioneering new technology centre aimed at cutting carbon emissions and providing more efficient energy.
Staff at GE Energy in Downshire Way were joined by Energy Minister Lord Hunt, who officially opened the new ‘Smart Grid Center’ at a ceremony on Wednesday, December 2.
The new centre is the first of its kind in Europe and helps companies like the National Grid, which transmits gas and electricity nationwide, to improve energy efficiency with carbon footprint reducing technology.
The benefits are relayed to individual consumers.
Magued El Daief, managing director, said: “With increasing global demand for energy and on the eve of the Copenhagen climate change talks, now is the time to re-think how we deliver smarter, cleaner and more effective electricity.
“Our solutions at the Smart Grid Center show how we can further maximise performance from power plants to neighbourhood distribution and ultimately consumer usage in the home, the school and the workplace,” Magued added.
“We invite utilities, scientists, government officials and engineers to visit our Smart Grid Center and work together towards a cleaner, smarter, more efficient energy future.”
He added: “The UK government’s goal of installing smart meters in every home by 2020 is a valuable step towards smarter energy usage.”
In UK, GE already provides grid management technologies for 13 of the 14 distribution network operators.
The US company with headquarters in Atlanta Georgia employs more than 1,500 people in the UK, 120 of them at its UK base at The Arena in Downshire Way.