GE recently announced the launch of its Digital Wind Farm solution in India. It is a dynamic, connected, and adaptable wind-energy ecosystem that leverages big data and analytics, and pairs it with a reliable turbine that has a digital infrastructure. The goal is to enhance production, reduce cost, and boost availability and productivity over the life of a wind farm.
GE also unveiled the latest version of its wind-turbine hardware, the 2.3–116 machine, which comes with enhanced control technology and safety features, including: a new 94-meter tower height and the largest 116-m diameter rotor in the country. According to GE, it provides approximately 30% more gross Annual Energy Production (AEP) over its predecessor, the 1.7-103.
“As India advances toward its clean energy goals, GE Renewable Energy has been actively partnering in the country’s progress,” said Anne McEntee, President & CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business. “We launched the 1.7-103 wind turbine, designed and assembled in India, two years ago. Its successor, the 2.3-116, is ideal for India’s low-wind speed conditions. Additionally, our Digital Wind Farm technology enables integration of higher amounts of wind energy crucial to support 24 X 7 ‘Power For All’ mission of the government.”
The Digital Wind Farm leverages the Industrial Internet and GE’s Predix platform to improve asset performance, optimize operations, and enhance business performance. Its applications include Wind PowerUp Services, Wind Energy Forecasting, PulsePOINT Condition-monitoring System, and WindCONTROL Farm Control System.
PowerUp is a solution that brings together software and hardware-enabled technologies to increase a wind farm’s output by up to 5%, taking into account environmental conditions. Wind Energy Forecasting enables integration of a larger amount of wind power into the grid by scheduling dispatches without placing incremental stress on the grid.
“We are hopeful that by effectively harnessing the power of technology, renewable energy will continue becoming a mainstream source of power in India,” added McEntee.
“India is pursuing an aggressive strategy to build renewable energy capacities to ensure a sustainable energy mix and meet future demand for electricity,” said Banmali Agrawala, President & CEO, GE South Asia. “It, therefore, becomes imperative to adopt smart energy systems to integrate increasing amount of renewable power. The need of the hour is to bring renewable energy generation to mainstream, thereby taking the load off conventional sources of power generation. The convergence of heavy, industrial equipment such as wind turbines and digital technologies that will go on to play a transformative role in bringing renewable energy to mainstream and strengthen capacity building.”