GE: Today’s Global Water Crisis Needs Advanced Technology and Policy Leadership [Press Releases]

July 4, 2011 by  
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SINGAPORE—July 4, 2011—With clean water resources around the world threatened by drought, population growth, waste, demands for energy and need for more effective policy leadership, the international community is gathering in Singapore this week to highlight potential technology and policy solutions to the mounting global water crisis.

At the 2011 Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), GE (NYSE: GE) will showcase its diverse product portfolio that is helping customers solve some of these water quality and supply challenges. For example, if current water usage trends continue, by the year 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will not have enough clean water, underscoring the need for greater water conservation and recycling.

Several GE executives will be discussing these global water challenges and solutions at SIWW, including Heiner Markhoff, president and CEO—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water, who is participating in the Water Leaders Summit July 5-6. This annual “thought leadership” meeting brings together hundreds of ministers and other government officials, global water industry leaders, heads of international organizations, researchers and other individuals to discuss pressing water policy, technology and business issues affecting communities worldwide.

GE (Booth # E14) also will be showcasing a number of new and existing technologies, including:

GE’s Advanced MBR Product Portfolio: GE has more than 25 years of experience developing and deploying proven, highly reliable membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology in diverse applications around the world. MBR is one of the fastest-growing water-treatment applications in use today, and GE continues to make it an even more effective, more cost-effective choice for greenfield plants, expansions and retrofits alike.

TrueSense: This platform gives users previously unavailable tools to optimize productivity and increase water savings in the monitoring and control of cooling water systems, which are used in heavy manufacturing industries and large commercial and institutional facilities to cool production equipment and for air conditioning. TrueSense automation and knowledge management capabilities will allow users to free up time and resources to focus on critical processes that are core to their business.

Mobile Evaporator: GE’s mobile evaporator was specifically designed to help natural gas producers recycle untreated waters that result from the hydraulic fracturing process at the well site. GE’s completely mobilized evaporator is energy efficient, fully transportable, cost effective and will enable onsite frac water recycling, reducing the volume of wastewater and fresh water that needs to be hauled to and from the site.

GE’s Service Reliability Center (SRC): GE’s remote monitoring and diagnostics center is designed to bring together data from customer sites into one central location. Through a combination of software and human expertise, the center is design to monitor the quality of water at a given site, helping customers avoid catastrophic failure of critical assets and equipment.

Also in the spotlight will be an update from GE and the National University of Singapore (NUS) on their water research and technology center, which is developing innovative solutions to address water scarcity issues in the region and around the world. The facility is located on the NUS campus and houses GE scientists and engineers who are exploring new water treatment and reuse solutions. The center is focusing on addressing some of the world’s most critical water challenges, including alleviating growing water supply concerns in China, India, the Middle East and other regions.

Singapore International Water Week 2011 takes place July 4-8 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

With operations in 130 countries, GE’s water business is committed to protecting the world’s natural resources and providing technology solutions to help customers overcome issues related to water scarcity and availability, the rising cost of energy and new, more stringent environmental regulations.

Source: GE

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