GE puts $10 million into Penn State natural gas research center

Penn State and General Electric are collaborating on a new innovation center meant to focus on “driving cutting-edge advancements in the natural gas industry.”

GE announced Wednesday that it would invest up to $10 million to establish the Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State to “engage Penn State researchers and students from many disciplines in collaborative work with various industry stakeholders.”

The center will seek to advance efficiency and environmental sustainability through technological innovations and improved supply-chain management.

“We are excited to announce the creation of this new center,” Penn State President Eric Barron said.

“CCRINGSS will pull together Penn State’s expertise in natural-gas-related technologies, data analytics, and supply chain management. By gaining a deep understanding of the complex shale gas supply chain and by creating new technologies, the center will aim to produce tangible benefits to the natural gas industry as well as the communities impacted by that industry, from the points of extraction right through to the energy that reaches consumers,” he said.

The center will pull from the Smeal College of Business and the colleges of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering and Information Sciences and Technology, plus multiple centers and institutes, including the Center for Supply Chain Research and the Institute for Natural Gas Research.