GE, a worldwide partner of the Olympic Games, today announced it has exceeded US$1 billion in infrastructure sales over the past four Olympic Games. Since 2006, GE has worked closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic Games venues, health centers and surrounding commercial buildings. The technology provided aims to support the organizing committees’ goals of building sustainable Olympic Games that improve the host city and provide state-of-the-art healthcare for Olympic athletes.
“GE partners closely with host cities to deliver a variety of critical healthcare, energy, power, water, lighting and transportation solutions for the Olympic Games,” said Jeff Immelt, chairman & CEO, GE. “Hosting the Games is a transformational opportunity for every city and we are committed to work with the IOC and local Organizing Committees in Russia, Brazil and Korea to deliver advanced infrastructure solutions to help create a sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations.”
GE Olympic Games projects in London include:
Polyclinic : Designed to provide quality care to athletes, the London 2012 Olympic Village Polyclinic is equipped with GE imaging technology including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – including the first wide-bore 3T MRI deployed for use at the Games, Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner, ultrasound, digital X-ray, electrocardiogram (ECG), I.T. and monitoring systems to aid in early diagnosis and treatment of competing Olympic athletes.
Electric Vehicle Charging: 120 GE electric vehicle charging stations will support a fleet of zero-emission electric vehicles set to be used during the London 2012 Olympic Games and onward.
Olympic Stadium: GE Lighting has supplied 14,000 lamps for the 80,000 seat stadium and GE Energy’s Uninterruptible Power Supplies and large, containerized switch gear will support the ceremonies and track and field events. Along with the Stadium, GE’s temporary switchgear solution is being supplied to 17 other Olympic venues.
Olympic Village: During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, a total of 23,000 athletes and officials will reside in the Olympic Village. GE Digital Energy is supplying smart meters to the residents with information about their energy use to help control energy consumption and lower the village’s carbon footprint. GE Power Controls are supplying some of the power distribution equipment to the residential apartments helping to power the Games. GE Water & Process Technologies are providing monitoring systems for storm run-off water at the Village.
London’s Tower Bridge: GE, in partnership with EDF, the Mayor of London, and the City of London Corporation, refitted London’s iconic Tower Bridge with a state-of-the-art energy-efficient LED lighting system. London will enjoy benefits from the deal long after the Games, as the new lighting system will be in place for 25 years.
Velodrome: The 6,000 capacity Velodrome will host cycling events. GE has provided low-voltage switchgear for power distribution within the stadium, as well as Uninterruptible Power Supplies to protect the power for use during competition.
Aquatics Centre: The Zaha Hadid designed Aquatics Centre will host a number of the most popular events during the Games. GE’s Uninterruptible Power Supplies are installed in the complex. The technology provides critical power protection for a number of applications.
Olympic Park: GE Lighting supplied 25,000 Tetra PowerMAX LED modules and the requisite number of Tetra LED Drivers to light the Olympic Park at night. Over 200 GE Healthcare AED defibrillators will be available on the Park and other venues to protect athletes and the public.
Energy Centre: The Energy Centre will provide power, heating and a cooling system across the Park for the Games and for the new buildings and communities that will develop after. GE Jenbacher co-generation technology (three J620 Jenbacher combined heat and power engines) will power the Games and the 10 MW project is a cornerstone of London 2012’s goals to increase the use of alternative energy, water conservation and recycling strategies.
Field Hockey Centre: GE Lighting is supplying the architectural lighting scheme for the Olympic Hockey Centre which will have a capacity of 15,000 fans during the Games.
2006-2010 GE Olympic Games infrastructure projects included:
Torino, 2006 Olympic Winter Games
GE provided a wide range of products and technology to support the major venues in Torino including:
Lighting for Torino Esposizioni, the Olympic hockey venue, the slalom skiing venue in Sestriere, and throughout the Stadio Comunale di Torino.
300 electronic reactors to reduce energy consumption by over 235,000KWh per year; Uninterruptible power supply for the city venues during the Games.
Beijing, 2008 Olympic Summer Games
GE managed more than 400 infrastructure projects, touching all 37 official Beijing Games competition venues and 168 commercial buildings in and around Beijing including:
Filtration technology for safe drinking water and rainwater recycling at the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest).
73 electrical substations to provide power at more than 50 Olympic Games venues.
120 wind turbines to the Zhangbei and Shangyi wind farms north of Beijing, which supply energy to the Olympic Central Area.
Vancouver, 2010 Olympic Winter Games
GE managed more than 120 infrastructure and healthcare technology projects in Vancouver including:
Two high-tech Polyclinics (Vancouver and Whistler) that offered comprehensive healthcare for all Olympic and Paralympic athletes and officials during the Games.
A 64-slice CT Scanner for Whistler Health Centre, a first for the region that remained in place after the Games; digital imaging technology at competition venues to assist in more accurate return-to-play decisions by doctors and trainers.
Delivering more efficient transportation for CP Rail, the Official Freight Provider for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with GE Evolution Locomotive Engines which reduce emissions by 40% and reduce fuel use by 5% compared to previous locomotive engines.
GE & Future Olympic Games
GE is currently working with the organizing committees for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games to provide technologies for the infrastructure build for the Games.
For example, to help power the Games in Sochi, GE is providing advanced technology gas turbines. The two LMS100 PB aeroderivative units, featuring GE’s latest emissions technology will provide both base load and peak load power for the Olympics. A key benefit of the new technology is that the units can start up in less than 10 minutes, about the time it takes to brew a pot of coffee. The project underscores a strong global demand for flexible, cost-effective and efficient electricity generation.