General Electric (GE) has won a contract from EDP Renewables to provide its Predictivity solution Wind PowerUp for five wind power plants in the US.
EDP Renewables will use GE's PowerUp on 402 GE 1.5-77 wind turbines to enhance their power output, generating more than 420,000MWh of additional energy annually, which is enough electricity to power around 33,000 average US homes.
GE claims when PowerUp is activated, a software program executes a complete pre and post wind power performance analysis, affirming the improvement. It could adjust performance dials including speed, torque, pitch, aerodynamics and turbine controls to improve the power output of each unit.
The five plants to be equipped with PowerUp include the Blue Canyon V wind farm in Oklahoma, the Meadow Lake III wind farm in Indiana and the Top Crop I, Top Crop II and Railsplitter wind plants in Illinois.
EDP Renewables executive vice-president Brian Hayes said the software will allow the company to improve the power curve and increase the annual energy production of these 402 wind turbines.
"At EDPR we like to be a leader in innovation and explore creative ways to make the most of our units and collaborating with GE has been a win-win for us," said Hayes.
GE renewable energy projects and services organisation general manager Andy Holt said, "GE's PowerUp platform allows EDPR to realise almost immediate benefits to their bottom line input today and also allows us to incorporate new PowerUp technologies as they are developed. PowerUp will help EDP Renewables generate a higher power output and return on investment."