GE has extended its ‘brilliant’ wind platform with a new 2.2 MW wind turbine and new management software.
GE has announced the 2.2-107 wind turbine, an evolution of the company's 1.5 MW series. GE says the new turbine provides a 12% increase in capacity factor and a 33% increase in power output over its current offering and is well suited for Brazil's Class II wind regime.
The company has already received its first order for the 2.2-107 turbines from Omega Energia in the Piaui region of Brazil. As part of the contract, GE will provide 32 turbines, as well as the operations and maintenance for 10 years.
In addition, GE says its brilliant platform now includes plant-level wind management software applications to improve overall wind farm output. Using the power of the Industrial Internet and turbine-to-turbine communications capabilities, the new software allows the turbines within a wind farm to act as a cohesive unit, rather than individual assets, according to the company. Wind plant wake management, from GE Predictivity, is the first farm-level management application launched by GE and enables customers to recapture lost power output from waking effects.
The company says customers can expect to see 5-10% reduced wake losses and improved mechanical loads due to lower wake turbulence. This translates to up to 8% more profit for the wind plant, GE adds.
The wind plant management applications will be optional features on new projects. For the existing GE fleet, the technology will be integrated into GE's Wind PowerUp technology platform.