The MIT Energy Initiative announced today that GE will be joining MITEI as a Sustaining Member to fund advanced technology solutions to help transform global energy systems. GE will commit a total of $7.5 million over a five-year period ($1.5 million annually) and play an active role in MITEI’s research and project priorities. Specifically, GE will participate in four of MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers to advance research and development in key technology areas for meeting future energy needs: solar energy; energy storage; electric power systems; and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.
GE Power President and CEO Steve Bolze (right) with MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong. (Courtesy of MITEI)
“The world will need 50 percent more power in the next 20 years,” says Steve Bolze, president and CEO of GE Power. “GE and MITEI are proud to be working together to find new solutions to develop cleaner, more affordable and accessible energy solutions that will address this need. Together we’ll be able to leverage our collective capabilities, research, and technology solutions to help improve efficiency while reducing the impact of electricity generation on the environment.”
GE will participate in supporting MIT faculty and student research through MITEI. MITEI will bring GE and other members together to connect innovation, business, and policy to transform the energy industry.
MITEI’s relationship with GE will engage and involve all of GE’s energy-related businesses: GE Power, GE Renewable Energy, GE Oil & Gas, GE Energy Connections, GE’s Global Research Center, GE Global Growth & Operations, GE Ventures, and Current, powered by GE. Among the many benefits of the membership, GE will sponsor research programs at MITEI, contribute to MITEI’s Seed Fund to support novel and early-stage energy research proposals, and participate in several conferences and learning opportunities each year.
“GE’s support as a Sustaining Member and engagement in MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers will be extremely valuable in spurring further technology advancements to address complex energy and climate challenges — areas where GE’s wealth of expertise and history of developing solutions dovetail with MIT’s research,” says Robert Armstrong, director of MITEI. “We are excited to welcome GE and launch this relationship.”
MITEI’s Low-Carbon Energy Centers — announced last fall as a key component of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change — represent a major part of MIT’s commitment to address climate change through engagement with industry, government, and the philanthropic community.
GE moved its global headquarters to Boston last week, moving into an interim space as it works to develop and build a new global headquarters campus to open in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood in 2018. Today’s announcement continues GE’s investment and engagement in the Boston area. GE selected Boston because of the region’s innovation, talent, and infrastructure, as well as the strong ecosystem of companies, universities, start-ups, and R&D the city hosts.