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GE is building on its experience with the aviation business over the past six years to develop additive manufacturing as a means to reduce the time needed to produce components. The resulting components can also be more compact and more precisely designed to meet the end use requirement, says Dominique Malenfant, Vice-President of Global Technology.
A key aspiration of GE’s strategy is to make principal engine components more compact as locomotive technology emerges. GE is seeking to deploy battery-diesel hybrid locomotives to complement the standard 4 000 hp and 4 400 hp locomotives it currently offers, but this ‘hybridisation’ will require a significant power contribution from the battery and supercapacitor unit. ‘If we can shrink the diesel engine through advanced manufacturing, there will be space to increase the batteries we can install onboard’, Malenfant explained.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]