GE demonstrates battery dominant fuel cell bus

Bus features Durathon battery; Could eventually lead to electrification of buses, delivery trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles.

GE's Durathon batteries are produced at the company's start-up Energy Storage business in Schenectady, N.Y. which opened in July 2012. Starting next year, thousands of Durathon batteries will be shipped to the telecommunication market, enabling fuel efficiency improvements and emission reduction at diesel generator powered cell sites across Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia, and providing reliable back-up power at cell sites which cope with intermittent supply of electricity from the grid. Another key market is the energy space, where this battery technology enables renewable power producers to meet stringent grid interconnection requirements, helps grid operators stabilize their grid and electricity users reduce their utilities bill by avoiding demand surcharges, and enables arbitrage. Future applications of the battery extend well beyond telecommunications and the grid to energy-efficient buses, locomotives and mining vehicles. Over the next few years, GE expects the Energy Storage business will produce $1 billion in annual revenues as orders for the new battery increase.

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