- Published: 03 June 2016 03 June 2016
GE Renewable Energy has introduced a new software applications suite for its Digital Wind Farm ecosystem. The apps are compatible with the company’s new 2MW and 3MW wind turbines. The programs are built on the Predix software platform, the foundation for all GE’s Industrial Internet applications.
Developed in co-operation with Exelon Power as a strategic way to improve wind farm profitability, the new Energy Forecasting application utilises weather forecasting data to generate more accurate financial modelling and better predict the next day’s grid supply and demand fluctuations. Energy Forecasting was recently deployed for testing at four new wind projects in the USA, and Exelon expects the software will deliver one-to-three per cent of additional revenue per site.
GE also unveiled two new apps that help streamline wind farm operations. Digital Plan of the Day is a scheduling application that improves operations and maintenance efficiency for field service teams. The app combines a variety of disparate data sets, including SCADA information, diagnostic readings, weather conditions and even geolocation data, to organize and prioritize daily maintenance schedules across a site. The second operations-focused app is the next generation of GE’s Wind PowerUp Services plat-form, which is now capable of increasing a wind farm’s annual energy production by up to ten per cent. The newest version of PowerUp Services builds on GE’s earlier capabilities in making small hardware and software adjustments based on performance and reliability data, but now it expands the concept by introducing an iterative tuning process to monitor a site’s specific wind environment and lock in the appropriate settings based on the most current information available.
The final two applications in GE’s new wind software suite are focused on asset performance management. The Diagnostics app uses operating data for advanced anomaly detection analysis and then incorporates that analysis into a detailed case management and recommendation system. The Prognostics app uses operating, maintenance and inspection data to project future operating conditions and predict turbine component reliability.