After three years of extensive construction and renovation, GE’s Electrical Power Integration Centre (EPIC) located in Cheltenham, England, is set for its grand opening in September!
EPIC represents a major investment by GE Aviation Systems, along with local government, to the development and application of end-to-end electrical power systems for aviation and defense vehicles. EPIC, along with its planned sister EPISCENTER facility in Dayton, Ohio, will become the centroid of GE’s electrical power application research & development and help define and deliver the future vision of electrical power.
The 30,000 square foot EPIC facility went through an extensive makeover to update itself to the modern GE standard. The only original structure left is the brick work, and lab equipment is moving in now.
Over the next six months, EPIC will began testing on a number of key electrical power programs. The first involves advanced solid state primary distribution equipment utilizing silicon carbide (SiC) technology developed at GE’s Global Research Center (GRC), and soon after that the Advanced Power Management System (APMS), which enables end-to-end electrical power management, from generation to distribution and control, will begin testing and validation.
The following are some snapshots of the new facility. Pretty impressive.