GE celebrates its 20,000th wind turbine installation in conjunction with its 10-year anniversary in the wind industry. Altogether, GE’s 20,000-turbine fleet has the capacity to power the cities of Hong Kong and London for an entire year.
Since its inception in 2002, GE’s renewables business has led the global advancement of wind energy through lowered costs and increased reliability. During the past decade, technology has driven wind’s availability from 85% to 98.5% and a 3-times reduction in the cost of electricity.
This year, GE will install more than 3,000 wind turbines around the world. The company’s extensive manufacturing, sourcing and logistics network have proven essential to delivering to tight timelines and schedules. Projects range from single turbine installations on farms in the Midwest to multi-megawatt projects on the West Coast, each requiring special attention for successful delivery.
With 20,000 GE wind turbines operating worldwide, data analytics are critical to optimizing wind power and maximizing investment in the technology.
GE’s PulsePOINT advanced monitoring and diagnostic software is analogous to predictive health for a human being. It works to identify problems on the turbine before causing downtime or major failures. Thereby, this achieves optimal energy production through increased turbine reliability and availability.