Mahesh Sudhakaran is General Manager Grid Software at GE.
This year, DistribuTECH International had a theme of "Experience the Energy Movement," with thirteen educational tracks and a massive exposition floor holding over five hundred booths. The PUF team met up with innovators making a difference with emerging technologies useful to the grid space.
PUF's Steve Mitnick GE has different business segments, so talk through that and where the energy-focused part is.
Mahesh Sudhakaran: If you look at GE historically as a large industrial company, we have operated in many businesses. We're now becoming three separate businesses. GE Healthcare launched as an independent company at the beginning of the year, GE Aerospace, and GE Vernova — the name is a combination of green (ver) and new (nova) — are poised to spin off in early 2024.
Inside GE Vernova is our portfolio of energy businesses. There is the conventional power business, which is the business that supports our gas turbines globally, as well as the renewable energy business, including wind. We also have an electrification business, which includes grid solutions like HVDC, the electrical switch gear and control relays. That's a big part of what we do.
Then there is the software business: GE Digital. Within GE Digital, I lead our focus on grid orchestration software, which provides a digital platform and suite of applications for managing transmission, distribution, and grid endpoints.