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Obama Visits the GE Global Research Center

This 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 Niskayuna.

General 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.

President 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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