GE Power Conversion
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GE Power Conversion is an electrical engineering company and is a subsidiary of General Electric.
|Founded||10 November 2005|
|Headquarters||Paris, Île-de-France, France|
Number of locations
|Products||VFDs, electric generators and induction motors|
Number of employees
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In 1989, parts of the British General Electric Company plc merged with parts of Compagnie Générale d'Electricité (now Alcatel-Lucent) forming CEGELEC (part of GEC Alsthom), in the same year, a subsidiary of the German Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG) had merged with the American Westinghouse Drive Systems.[dubious ][improper synthesis?] In 1995, these two groupings merged to form CEGELEC Industrial Systems Group. In 1999, it changed its name to Alstom Power & Conversion, then on 10 November 2005, it became a separate company from Alstom.
Company structure and operationsEdit
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It has five divisions:
- Converteam SAS in France
- Converteam GmbH in Germany (based in Berlin)
- Converteam UK Ltd in the United Kingdom (based in Rugby)
- Converteam UK Ltd in the United Kingdom (based in Kidsgrove)
- Converteam Inc. in the US (based in Pittsburgh)
The company also operates the Engineering Development Center in India, and has subsidiaries in BRIC countries: Converteam Brazil and Converteam China.
The product range is comprehensive. Drives for low voltage as well as medium voltage applications are available with complete industry specific customised solution. It makes electrical motors (induction and synchronous) and generators. These are often found in fossil fuel power stations. The company also provides the Vessel Automation System and Dynamic Positioning System for ships. The products are known for high operational efficiency and longevity. The company provides these products as well as consultancy services and installation.
- Electric ship propulsion
The company produced the induction motors for HMS Daring (commissioned July 2009) controlled by variable-frequency drives, and its 20MW generators. This technology has also been installed on LNG carriers, as well as the French Mistral-class amphibious assault ships. This technology will be used for the Royal Navy's Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers and the other Type 45 destroyers. The company is also developing an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers.
- Official website