AsapSCIENCE presents some amazing energy facts that may shock you - metaphorically speaking, that is. Watch it above, and don’t forget to check out the followup video, where the duo travel to GE’s Global Research Center in Munich, Germany to investigate the merits of wind energy.
Views from the factory floor of our Greenville, SC, facility. From top to bottom is a view over a turbine wheel, a heavy-duty gas turbine being balance tested, and a technician inspecting the casing of a gas turbine. Photography by @seenewphoto.
The world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, the 9HA, travels from GE’s Power and Water European Headquarters in Belfort, France to the GE facility in Greenville, South Carolina for a year of rigorous validation testing.
If Earth’s water were drained into a single drop, it would measure about 950 miles in diameter. Roughly three percent is fresh water, and just one-third of that is easily accessible. Meeting the growing need for water is a critical challenge. Many countries rely on desalination to produce fresh water, but current techniques are typically energy-intensive, using enough energy globally to power nearly seven million homes. That’s why today GE is launching an open innovation challenge to improve the energy efficiency of water desalination. Find out more about the challenge here. GIF by Julian Glander and based on data from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Energy use and water conservation go hand-in-hand. Today, we’re getting ready for World Water Day 2014 by hosting a Google Hangout on the interdependent relationship between energy and water. Join us there at 1PM ET to talk about how technology can improve and ensure the global accessibility of these two resources.