GE has contracted with renewable power producer First Wind to implement PowerUp services on 107 GE 1.5-77 and 1.5-82.5 wind turbines at the Milford I and Milford II wind farms in Utah.
GE says its PowerUp is a software-enabled platform that can increase a wind farm's output by up to 5% – taking into account environmental conditions – by adjusting and customizing control curves and performance dials. In addition to software, First Wind will also receive hardware upgrades to assist with enhancing energy production as part of the PowerUp platform.
GE says PowerUp services could ultimately provide an increase of up to 18,000 MW/h of generation from the two farms. First Wind has implemented the first phase of the PowerUp platform at Milford I and II, and plans to expand it further into its U.S. wind turbine fleet.
"At First Wind, innovative ways of realizing more power from our assets to provide the most renewable energy in the most cost-effective way for our customers is key," says Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind. "The PowerUp platform allows us to generate more wind energy for our customers from our installed turbines and demonstrates more than ever wind's true competitiveness."