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Scientists warn of growing crisis in the Arctic; Arctic Council again fails to act


Further, the Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic Agreement, which was signed by the foreign ministers in Kiruna, includes no specific practical minimum standards that governments must adhere to, and has no provisions to hold companies liable for the full costs and damages of a spill should one occur. Commenting from Kiruna outside the Arctic Council meeting, Ruth Davis, Greenpeace International senior policy advisor, said: "The Arctic Council has long been renowned for commissioning top-notch scie... Read More »

Indonesian President meets Greenpeace leader on the Rainbow Warrior: welcomes legacy of environmental protection


“I am pleased to meet with my friend Kumi Naidoo from Greenpeace. I would like to express my gratitude to Greenpeace for having made these efforts to save the environment of Indonesia and the rest of the world,” said President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. “As a developing country, Indonesia needs economic development, but of course it must be environmentally sustainable. Although, we are facing several challenges, we are committed to working on both. I want to guarantee my grandchildren a clean and peaceful environment in the future,” he added. ... Read More »

GE Power Conversion helps to Build the Future of Wind Power Efficiency


PARIS—June 6, 2013—Wind turbine developers will soon have open access to a £50 million testing facility in the U.K. based on unique and leading-edge technology. The state-of-the-art facility has been specifically designed for full-scale testing of large nacelles. GE’s Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) allows them to develop and build the next generation of wind turbines that will be increasingly efficient, reliable and cost-effective. This wind turbine test platform is being built at the National Renewable Energy Centre (NAREC It i... Read More »

GE Power Conversion to Power, Propel and Position Hornbeck Offshore’s Two Latest Multipurpose Supply Vessels at Eastern Shipbuilding Group


PARIS—June 4, 2013— GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla., to supply integrated diesel-electric power, propulsion and vessel control systems for two multipurpose supply vessels (MPSVs) with installed horsepower of 12,070 BHP (9,000 kW). Eastern will build the MPSVs for Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La. “GE’s commitment to delivering tailored solutions from design to installation to commissioning and servicing is their building b... Read More »

GE and BELECTRIC Partner to Power Tomorrow’s Green Energy


PARIS—June 3, 2013—Less than one year after developing and delivering the first 1,500-VDC ProSolar central inverter technology to solar power plant system integrator BELECTRIC, GE’s Power Conversion (NYSE: GE) business has signed an agreement with the aim to install more than 100 of this type of new and innovative inverter by the end of the year. The agreement represents the first step by the companies to join forces in developing innovative solar solutions for the utility solar market. The 1,500-VDC ProSolar central inverter helps to decrease... Read More »

Deutsche Post DHL makes Bonn a model city for carbon-free delivery vehicles


Deutsche Post DHL is switching to electric vehicles for its delivery services in Bonn and the surrounding region, making the city the first location in Germany with a carbon-free vehicle concept. In an initial phase, 79 vehicles will be put into service by the end of the year in Bonn and the surrounding area for the parcel delivery and the combined mail and parcel delivery. The pilot project sees about 141 electric vehicles on the road by 2016, then resulting in decreased CO2 emissions of over 500 tons per year. Even at the start of the project... Read More »

Pacific tsunami warning system put to the test


The new international products, under development since 2011 and slated for adoption in 2014, include tsunami wave forecasts that will help countries improve their response capability.  The enhancements are expected to reduce significantly the number of areas warned unnecessarily and to help provide advanced notice of potential local tsunamis. Exercise Pacific Wave 2013 (PacWave13), as the test is called, simulates a tsunami warning situation requiring government decision-making regarding three scenarios for possible earthquakes occurring eith... Read More »

Twelve sites added to UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve Network


Biosphere Reserves are sites chosen by the MAB Programme to experiment with different approaches to the management of terrestrial, marine and coastal resources as well as fresh water. They also serve as in situ laboratories for sustainable development. The United Kingdom asked for the withdrawal from the World Network of Loch Druidibeg, on the Scottish island of South Uist. It argued that the site, designated as biosphere reserve in 1976, no longer met the criteria required to be part of the Network today. The new Reserves are: Alakol (Kazak... Read More »

GE Power Conversion Helps to Electrify Railway Connection between Poland and Germany with Decentralized Converter Station Lohsa for Deutsche Bahn – DB Energie Gmbh


PARIS—May 22, 2013— GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has signed a contract with Deutsche Bahn – DB Energie GmbH to supply a conversion station at its Lohsa substation. The new station will use an advanced transformer-less solution on the railway side, together with direct feed to the catenary (overhead lines) from three static frequency converters. GE’s solution will help provide DB Energie with higher conversion efficiency at a lower cost. “To keep trains running on time, the rail system requires a reliable supply of energy. GE’s c... Read More »

New Visor Asset Management System from GE Power Conversion Ensures Efficient, Effective, Responsive Service


PARIS—May 8, 2013—GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) announces the launch of a new supervisory system designed for remote monitoring and diagnostics of its drives, machines and control systems operating in the field. The Visor Asset Management system improves GE’s unique integrated marine systems solution, improving productivity and availability through automation, dynamic positioning, drives, electrical motors and generators, prime movers, power distribution equipment, bridge controls, navigation systems and position measuring equipment... Read More »

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