EVENDALE, OHIO. As leaders from the world’s navies converge at the Surface Navy Association’s 35th National Symposium January 10-12, 2023, GE Marine and GE Power Conversion will exhibit their power and propulsion solutions in booth #220.
GE Marine, a division of GE Aerospace, is the world’s leading manufacturer of aeroderivative marine gas turbines ranging from 4.5 to 52.7 megawatts (MW). GE has delivered gas turbines onboard more than 600 naval ships serving 39 navies worldwide and provides 97% of the commissioned propulsion gas turbines in the U.S. Navy fleet.
The LM2500 family of gas turbines meets the U.S. Navy’s top requirements with best-in-class power density for several top programs: DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class Destroyers, LCS-2 Independence class Littoral Combat Ships, and the FFG-62 Constellation class Frigates.
Coupled with their ease of maintenance and interoperability with other Navies, the LM2500 engine family is the preference for some of the world’s newest naval programs, including the Spanish Navy, Italian Navy, Indian Navy, and the South Korean Navy.
“We offer six efficient gas turbines that enable architects to design ships according to their specific mission profiles. And, coupled with GE Power Conversion’s solutions from integrated full electric to compact hybrid-electric, we provide options for large aircraft carriers to lighter frigates,” said Steve Rogers, GE Marine Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We will be at booth #220 during the SNA show to display gas turbine features, benefits, and electrification technologies.”
GE Power Conversion will be showcasing electrification technologies that are helping the world’s leading navies to energize their missions with very high levels of power-sharing flexibility. Solutions range from full naval-specification, high-voltage electric grids for power and propulsion to cost-effective hybrid electrification options. Extending beyond this, expert services offerings are structured to provide a complete life cycle solution, reducing risk, increasing reliability, and helping optimize operation of assets.
Through integrated electrification, energy management, automation and control, power in the ship’s electric grid can simultaneously supply high-energy defense systems and propulsion. Energy-efficient electric architectures also serve as an effective way to integrate new, cleaner energy sources as they emerge and host digital technologies to implement more autonomous systems.
Moises DelToro, GE NAM Marine Leader, explains: “With ever-increasing power demands on vessels, more customers are seeking help in future-proofing their ships for higher energy needs, partnered by a roadmap to emissions reduction.”
GE Power Conversion brings capability from having extensive electric and hybrid naval ship system references, leading in applications from the largest, complex warships to the latest support ships. Moises DelToro continued: “GE delivers specialist naval engineering expertise for the most demanding specifications, but with a commercial marine approach; this offers electric architectures that are viable across the fleet. Our customers are also expressing increasing interest in the flexibility of more modular platform configurations and the ability to ‘plug in’ to an electric power network.”