GE launches the Digital Wind Farm

GE launches the Digital Wind Farm

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GE launches a concept called the Digital Wind Farm which they refer to as “a dynamic, connected and adaptable wind energy ecosystem that pairs world-class turbines with the digital infrastructure for the wind industry”.
This new technology is meant to increase productivity of wind farms by up to 20% and has the potential to generate approximately $50 billion of value to the industry. So how does it work? The wind turbines are connected to the internet to monitor and analyze real-time operations in order to optimize or create operating efficiencies. This technology is used to ‘enhance production, reduce costs and boost operating efficiency over the life of the wind farm’.
President and CEO of GE Power & Water, Steve Bolze said, “Every business—including our own at GE—and every industry is being transformed by smarter digital technologies, and the greatest opportunity lies in energy. The question is not whether to start down this path … it’s about knowing how to get the most out of your digital transformation. That’s what will separate industry leaders from those left behind.”
“Big data is worthless without the insight to take action, and our vision for the industry is to use today’s data to predict tomorrow’s outcomes. By harnessing the full power of the Industrial Internet, we can create a world where wind farms learn, adapt and perform better tomorrow than they do today.”
The best part about this technology is the ability for the system to learn trends over time. The wind farms actually become more efficient as more data is collected, maintaining top performance and output.
Interestingly, Orenda connects its wind turbines to the internet in order to monitor and optimize energy production much in the same way GE does; a rarity in the small distributed wind industry. Typically this type of technology is used only in very large scale projects. Orenda is proud to be able to offer this level of service to its customers.

Posted By Sally on May 20, 2015 | 0 Comment

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