GE recently announced that its Wind PowerUp platform has secured more than 1,000 units under contract to date. PowerUp is a customized software-enabled platform that allows wind farm operators to increase annual energy production (AEP) on their turbines by up to 5 percent, taking into account environmental conditions. A 5 percent increase in energy output translates to up to a 20 percent increase in profit per turbine.
“The industry’s response to Wind PowerUp has been exciting to see over the past seven months,” said Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE’s renewable energy business. “We have been working with our customers to develop customized solutions ideal for their fleet and working with them in new ways that helps them win.”
PowerUp adjust performance dials, including speed, torque, pitch, aerodynamics, and turbine controls with the goal of maximizing the power output of a wind farm.