GE Renewable Energy recently launched a new remote operations center (ROC) in Barcelona, Spain.
The ROC is capable of monitoring 2,000-plus turbines, bringing the total number of units the company is monitoring to more than 15,000 onshore and offshore wind, solar, and energy storage assets around the world. GE Renewable Energy also has ROCs in Schenectady, N.Y.; Salzbergen, Germany; Bangalore, India.
Currently monitoring fleets in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Greece, the new ROC will cover all existing turbine types and models, as well as future machines, including GE’s largest onshore wind turbine in operation to date, the Cypress.
“Our objective is to maximize the number of remote operations we can perform in order to give our customers in south Europe a quicker response while minimizing the need to physically visit the sites and the associated costs,” explains Robin Goodman, general manager for onshore wind digital services in Europe and SSA. “This translates to positive economic results based on a more efficient predictive maintenance approach.”
The Barcelona ROC will eventually also monitor turbines being installed in Aragón, Spain, for Forestalia’s wind parks. Doing so will enable GE Renewable Energy to offer customers across Spain data-driven insights, recommendations and advanced field services from under 300 miles away and in their local language.