GE Aviation announced plans to create an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center (EPISCENTER) near Dayton, OH. The center will be directed at several markets including on- and off-highway hybrid and electric vehicles, more-electric aircraft, and marine applications. The exact location of the center is expected to be announced by the end of 2010 following site research, analysis, and final business reviews. GE expects EPISCENTER operations to begin in 2012. The center will work on advanced electrical power systems research and development in support of hybrid-electric ground vehicles, the electrification of naval surface ships, and especially in the aviation industry's More Electric Aircraft (MEA) technology. Proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory was a consideration in GE's decision to locate in the Dayton region.