GE makes efficiency drive

General Electric has launched a service to help windfarm developers plan their layout and save money. The Wind Collector Optimisation Service could provide savings of more than 20%, GE claims. […]

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General Electric has launched a service to help windfarm developers plan their layout and save money.

The Wind Collector Optimisation Service could provide savings of more than 20%, GE claims.

The method uses grid intelligence to look in-depth at how the cables connect and the pros and cons of how they’re put together.

GE said with this information, system design can be optimised to reduce start-up costs and improve operational efficiency.

GE high voltage Solutions business General Manager Bob Turko said: “With our new Wind Collector Optimisation Service, we meet with customers early on in the process to establish what features and parameters are important to them and are required for their specific project.

“From there, we utilise our leading, proprietary design tool, which includes multi-variable analysis, to design an optimised wind plant collector system, reducing the design cycle time and lowering the total cost of ownership for our customers.”

GE said the best route is determined between the turbines and the substation, which results in improved efficiency and a stronger network.