In 2012, the United States wind energy industry experienced record-breaking growth. According to the American Wind Energy Association, for the first time, wind energy was the number one source of new electricity generating capacity. The industry built more than 180 wind projects, and 13,131 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity were installed.
The convergence of machines and intelligent data is changing the future of wind generation. GE’s 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine to use the Industrial Internet to help manage the variability of wind and provide smooth predictable power. By analyzing tens of thousands of data points every second, the turbine integrates energy storage and advanced forecasting algorithms while simultaneously communicating with neighboring turbines, service technicians, and customers. This turbine offers a 25% increase in efficiency and 15% increase in Annual Energy Production (AEP) for low-wind speed sites.
Check out this video to learn more about the power of GE’s 2.5-120: