GE celebrates 90 years of gas engine technology

GE Power & Water’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) is celebrating the shipping of its 33,000 gas engine since first being produced 90 years ago.

GE’s current product portfolio includes the Waukesha and Jenbacher gas engines for distributed power applications. On Sept. 30, GE signed a contract to supply its J920 FleXtra to Texas-based Sky Global Partners, LLC. This contract marks the largest order in North America for the company’s engine technology to date.

GE’s history with natural gas began in 1899 when employee Charles Gordon Curtis patented the first gas turbine in the U.S. The company started reciprocating gas engines 25 years later in 1924 when its first natural gas-fueled engine was manufactured by the Waukesha Motor Company.

Jenbacher gas engines dates back more than 50 years in the town of Jenbach, Austria. In 1957, the first Jenbacher gas engine was manufactured. Jenbacher gas engines range in power output from 0.3-10-MW and is typically utilized for combined heat and power (CHP), biomass gasification and oil and gas.

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