GR Power Conversions, a GE subsidiary that’s focused on developing electric applications for various industries, will equip the new testing facility with an advanced technology that will allow a wide range of tests for compressors in various configurations.
The technology includes an electrical system comprised of two MV7315 drives and a 30 MW induction motor, plus the auxiliary equipment. The GE induction motors for various applications are designed to provide high power and torque density while also being robust and highly reliable, thanks to a rotor cage construction.
“With the growth trend we currently see in the aerospace industry, engines manufacturers need to develop their test facilities and improve their efficiency and flexibility,” said Philippe Piron, President & CEO of GE Power Conversion. Unfolding over 3,000 square meters (32,290 square feet), the Becover facility in Liege is set to become a real “laboratory” not only for the aviation industry but also for universities and research centers. One of its innovative features will be a closed air-loop system that enables tests for turbomachine components not only on the ground but also at different altitudes.
The cutting-edge Becover testing center is set to become operational in 2023.