GE Unveils New, More Efficient Gas Engine

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. on Tuesday unveiled a gas engine that it said would be more efficient at generating power.

GE said the J920 engine could produce 9.51 megawatts of power, enough for 18,500 average European households, and would produce lower greenhouse-gas emissions than current gas engines.

It was introduced at an event at a GE facility in Austria, where the engine has gone through testing since late summer. GE said the engine is well-suited for producing power supply in remote, hot or high-altitude areas.

GE said the engine will go through a large-scale pilot program in Rosenheim, Germany. GE said it will be widely available in 2012 in countries where the frequency of the power system is 50 or 60 Hertz, or cycles per second.