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General Electric Company to Be Lead Research Sponsor at New University of Notre Dame Technology Center
|By Business Wire
|June 26, 2014 12:24 PM EDT
The University of Notre Dame, along with GE and four other public
entities, are collaborating on a $36 million project to create a unique
research and testing center to advance the technology of gas turbine
engines used for jet aircraft, power generation plants, and the oil and
GE has committed $13.5 million over the next five years to fund research
at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility, which was unveiled today in
South Bend, Indiana. The GE industrial operations to be involved in gas
turbine research and testing at the new center are Aviation, Power &
Water, Oil & Gas, and Global Research.
Construction on the 25,000-square-foot center, to be located at the
city’s Ignition Park, will begin this summer, with completion slated for
March 2015. The university-staffed center, which features five new test
bays for compressor and turbine rig testing, is expected to be fully
operational in July 2016.
“The center will allow GE’s industrial businesses to simulate full-scale
engine operating environments,” said Rick Stanley, vice president and
chief technologist for GE’s Power & Water business, and himself, a Notre
Dame graduate. “The important rig testing we will do at the center
builds upon GE’s already strong and longstanding technical relationship
with the university. For years, GE has turned to Notre Dame for top
Approximately 450 Notre Dame graduates are employed across GE’s
businesses. Over the past decade, GE’s industrial businesses have
already conducted about $10 million in research and testing at Notre
Since 2003, Notre Dame’s current Turbomachinery Laboratory has
collaborated with industry and government to advance gas turbine engine
technologies. The new Turbomachinery Facility will expand this effort by
testing engine components at pressures and temperatures higher than any
at current U.S. university facilities. Notre Dame will use the new
facility to advance current working relationships with both government
sponsors and all manufacturers of gas-turbine engines.
Notre Dame will contribute $7.5 million to the project. In addition to
GE, other contributors include: the city of South Bend with matching
funds exceeding $4.4 million, the state of Indiana, through the Indiana
Economic Development Corp., which is providing $2.6 million for training
and an Industrial Development grant; Great Lakes Capital, which is
providing approximately $6 million to construct the facility; and AEP,
which will build a substation, valued at $2 million, to provide the
considerable power needed to operate the facility’s multiple test cells.
When fully operational, the new facility will provide about 60 new jobs
to directly operate the facility. An additional 60 jobs are expected
through the growth of local suppliers to support the facility’s need for
precision manufactured components. At full operation, research
expenditures generated through work conducted at ND Turbo are expected
to exceed $15 million annually.
More detail on GE’s industrial businesses engaged with Notre Dame:
GE Aviation: Based in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), and the world’s largest
jet engine maker with a broad portfolio of commercial and military
engines. GE Aviation also has a significant digital systems business. GE
and its partner companies have more than 58,000 jet engines flying
worldwide. GE Aviation recorded revenues of $21.9 billion (in 2013). The
business employs 44,000 people and operates 79 manufacturing facilities
and 11 engineering centers worldwide. Visit GE Aviation on the web at www.geaviation.com.
GE Global Research: Global Research is the cornerstone of innovation for
all of GE's businesses. Our 3,000 scientists and engineers apply
expertise in fields from electronics to chemistry, biosciences to
computing, metallurgy to fluid mechanics, materials to imaging—and many
more—against the world’s toughest challenges. We innovate 24 hours a
day, with sites in Niskayuna, New York; San Ramon, California; Ann
Arbor, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Bangalore, India; Shanghai,
China; Munich, Germany; Tirat Carmel, Israel; and Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. Visit GE Global Research on the web at www.geglobalresearch.com.
GE Power & Water: We provide customers with a broad array of power
generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve
their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy
industry including renewable resources, such as wind and solar, biogas
and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy.
The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the
world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and
quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power,
Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services,
Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in
Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.
GE Oil & Gas: Oil & Gas works on the things that matter in the oil and
gas industry. In collaboration with our customers, we push the
boundaries of technology to bring energy to the world. From extraction
to transportation to end use, we address today's toughest challenges in
order to fuel the future. Follow GE Oil & Gas on Twitter @GE_OilandGas.
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