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GE Power Conversion

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GE Power Conversion is an electrical engineering company and is a subsidiary of General Electric.

GE Power Conversion
IndustryElectrical engineering
PredecessorConverteam (2011)
Founded10 November 2005
HeadquartersParis, Île-de-France, France
Number of locations
14 countries
Area served
Key people
Azeez Mohammed
ProductsVFDs, electric generators and induction motors
Number of employees


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 ][citation needed][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.

On 29 March 2011, it was announced that a 90% stake in Converteam was to be bought by GE Energy for $3.2 billion.[2] This deal was completed on 2 September 2011.

Company structure and operationsEdit

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] The company is also developing an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System for the Royal Navy's new aircraft carriers.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Energy Management Leadership". GE Energy Management. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ G.E. to Buy Converteam for $3.2 Billion

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