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Visits the GE Global Research Center
week President Barack Obama will visit the General Electric Global
Research Center outside of Schenectady, New York. The focus of
the visit will be General Electric's green energy initiative. GE currently
has about 17,000 windmills being monitored by a sophisticated system
based in the downtown GE plant in Schenectady, New York. CEO and Chairman
Jeffrey Immelt will lead the President through the downtown facility
as well as the GE Global Research Center a couple of miles away in
Electric will begin producing the long awaited new sodium battery.
The battery will be used in new forms of powerful hybrid vehicles
including buses and locomotives. This innovation is a result of the
Global Research Centers work in the
last few years. The batteries high capacity is unequaled and will
be a promising new program for General Electric. Production is set
to begin at the downtown GE plant in Schenectady. The downtown plant
is known for its world famous General Electric sign erected in 1925.
The sign sits high atop one of the buildings which Thomas Edison conducted
some of his lighting work more than 100 years ago.
Obamas visit to the lab will be the first time an active president
has visited the lab since Teddy Roosevelt. Ronald Reagan did visit
the facility in 1955 as a paid spokesperson for the company just before
entering into politics.
January 18, 2011
by Michael Whelan
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