LAS VEGAS —
GE Appliances & Lighting will make its International CES debut this week at the show’s new Connected Home Appliances pavilion in LVCC South Hall 2.
It has been years since the days of GE being in the CE business with its brand and RCA that corporately GE has been a CES exhibitor.
Today CES “provides a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how GE is uniquely positioned to provide the tools that will help consumers better manage their power consumption and costs so they can realize the benefits of the smart grid,” explained Dave McCalpin, the company’s general manager of home energy management, a newly created business line.
“In our booth [No. 26100], visitors can see how GE can provide solutions under one brand that will help bring the power and potential of the smart grid to life for consumers, utilities and communities across the country,” he said.
These include residential wind and solar powergeneration products; the GE WattStation electric vehicle (EV) charger; LED lighting; smart meters; home health tools; and a suite of home products on the company’s “Brillion” platform, which enables cooperative communication between networked devices and the smart grid.
Brillion-enabled products include GE Profile appliances, programmable thermostats, in-home displays, smartphone apps and, at the core of the CES display, the Nucleus energy manager, an affordable, innovative communication and data-storage device that provides consumers with secure information about their household electricity use and costs so they can make more informed choices about how and when to use power.
Smart appliances on display include GE Profile refrigerators, ranges, microwave ovens, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, and a hybrid water heater. Among their benefits:
• the refrigerator delays the defrost cycle from occurring during peak hours and goes into energy saving mode, and has reduced energy usage during peak hours by more than 20 percent in a pilot program;
• the “smart” dishwasher can shift the cleaning cycle to off-peak times; and
• the hybrid water heater operates only in heat pump mode during periods of peak costs, reducing wattage by over 80 percent compared to a standard electric tank water heater, GE said.