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GE ‘Data Lake’ Increases Fuel, Energy Efficiency

General Electric has created an industrial-scale data lake software system that could help industry manage big data, and in the case of airlines, help increase fuel efficiency. In a 2013 pilot, GE Aviation collected information on 15,000 flights from 25 different airlines at about 14 gigabytes of metrics per flight. … Read more »

GE NextFuel

Trains Turn to Natural Gas to Cut Fuel Costs, Compete with Trucks

General Electric’s locomotive division and other companies are testing natural gas equipment as rail companies look for ways to take advantage of natural gas production, which has halved the price of fuel, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The savings could be in the billions, the publication reports. Union Pacific, the … Read more »

GE Tier 4 locomotive

GE’s Tier 4 Locomotive Cuts Emissions More than 70% Without Aftertreatment

GE Transportation says its next-generation freight locomotive meets the EPA’s stringent Tier 4 emission standards without requiring any type of aftertreatment — an industry first, according to the company. The Tier 4 emission standards, which take effect in 2015 and call for the single largest emission reduction in the tiered … Read more »

BNSF to Trial LNG Locomotives

BNSF will begin testing a small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas as an alternative fuel later this year. The railroad has been working with two principal locomotive manufacturers, GE and EMD, a unit of Caterpillar, to develop the natural gas engine technology that will be used in the … Read more »