First Wind selects GE technology for two wind projects in Maine

10 January 2013 (Last Updated January 10th, 2013 03:30)

US-based independent wind energy company First Wind has selected General Electric’s (GE) WindCONTROL advanced software for two renewable energy projects in Maine.

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US-based independent wind energy company First Wind has selected General Electric's (GE) WindCONTROL advanced software for two renewable energy projects in Maine.

Use of the software is expected to help maximise the energy output of the Rollins and Stetson projects, which feature a total of 95 GE wind turbines.

The GE technology will also regulate curtailment by monitoring and controlling the ramp rates of these machines.

First Wind Operations vice president EJ Martin said that the company has been concerned about the effect of curtailment on turbines.

"The application of GE's WindCONTROL technology to our wind turbines in Maine will help the units maximise energy capture while mitigating the strain on our units as we regulate power production," Martin added.

The Rollins wind farm is comprised of 40 GE 1.5-77 turbines, while the Stetson site contains 55 1.5-77 machines.

GE previously announced that it will provide services to First Wind's entire fleet of 264 GE wind turbines at eight sites across the US.

GE Renewable Energy business wind services GM Andy Holt said: "GE's comprehensive offering of wind service solutions is a testament to our commitment to help our renewable energy customers increase power production and revenues from their installed equipment."


Image: First Wind's two projects in the US state of Maine feature 95 GE wind turbines. Photo: courtesy of GE.