GE Aviation Announces Plans for New Electric Power R&D Center

By wmadministrator

GE Aviation has announced plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center (EPISCENTER) near Dayton, Ohio.

The center will be directed at several markets including on- and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, more electric aircraft and marine applications.

“The close proximity to the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and its Air Force Research Labs was a big part of GE’s decision to come to Dayton,” said Vic Bonneau, president of Electric Power for GE Aviation Systems. “This center will be used to design products that will deliver electrical power efficiently for our military and commercial customers.”

GE Aviation currently has more than 1,000 employees at facilities in the Dayton area. The company is working closely with the University of Dayton Research Institute as a collaborative research partner on the venture. The project will create 10 to 15 new jobs in the first year, with the potential of an additional 100 to 200 jobs depending on future contracts.

GE expects EPISCENTER operations to begin in 2012.

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