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Outlook 2013: Power storage booms as Durathon battery production powers up at GE

GE workers Daniel Thum, left, and Thomas Yawn, in the Durathon plant at the Main Campus on Edison Avenue in Schenectady. Thum is holding two of the fifteen ceramic tubes that conduct electrical current inside the battery.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
GE workers Daniel Thum, left, and Thomas Yawn, in the Durathon plant at the Main Campus on Edison Avenue in Schenectady. Thum is holding two of the fifteen ceramic tubes that conduct electrical current inside the battery.
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The entrepreneurial spirt that motivated Thomas Edison to start the Edison General Electric Company in 1890 blazes on in GE’s Energy Storage business, which powered up in September of 2011. The $150 million start-up business includes a battery plant and a support team of research, design and marketing professionals. The energy storage endeavor is in its infancy, but it’s expected to become the next $1 billion business for its $180 billion parent company, according to ...


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