GE has announced PowerUp, a customized software-enabled platform that the company says could increase a wind farm's output by up to 5% taking into account environmental conditions. PowerUp, part of GE's ‘Brilliant’ wind platform, is available for turbine models across the company's installed base.
When PowerUp is activated, a GE software program performs a before-and-after wind farm power performance analysis. By adjusting performance dials that include speed, torque, pitch, aerodynamics and turbine controls, PowerUp seeks to maximize the output of a wind farm, according to the company.
GE says that for the average U.S. wind farm operator using its 1.5-77 turbine, a 5% increase in energy output could translate to an up-to 20% increase in profit per turbine.