The wind is a clean, free, and readily available renewable energy source. Each day, around the world, wind turbines are capturing the wind’s power and converting it to electricity. Wind power generation plays an increasingly important role in the way we power our world – in a clean, sustainable manner.
But how is wind energy created? Wind turbines allow us to harness the power of the wind and turn it into energy. When the wind blows, the turbine's blades spin clockwise, capturing energy. This triggers the main shaft of the wind turbine, connected to a gearbox within the nacelle, to spin. The gearbox sends that wind energy to the generator, converting it to electricity. Electricity then travels to a transformer, where voltage levels are adjusted to match with the grid.
Wind power is one of the fastest-growing energy sources in the world because of its many advantages. Wind power also presents inherent challenges in some regions of the world, which are being addressed through research and development (R&D) projects around the globe.
Collecting operational wind energy data from wind turbines and transforming it into valuable information helps increase revenue, reduce costs and lower risk for wind turbine operators. At GE, we provide data-driven wind energy analytics insights, expert recommendations and advanced field services—all integrated into a single software platform that allows us to optimize 15,000+ wind turbines across 12 different OEMs.
Check out our Digital solutions for wind assets, a suite of apps that work with our hardware and services solutions to leverage data and analytics—enhancing the efficiency, cybersecurity, reliability and profitability of your assets.
Dispatching and delivering clean energy when and where it is needed is important for wind turbine operators. A battery energy storage solution offers new application flexibility and unlocks new business value when combined with wind power generation. With clean wind energy storage, you can help stabilize the electrical grid, control energy flow, optimize asset operation and create new revenue.
The offshore wind industry is projected to grow from 17 to 90 GW in the next decade. GE is leveraging that growth for the benefit of the entire wind industry with an investment of more than $400 million to develop the most powerful offshore wind turbine—an investment that will also drive down the LCOE of offshore wind farms, helping make offshore wind energy more competitive for our customers. With 12 MW capacity, a 220-meter rotor, 107-meter blade, leading capacity factor of 63%, and digital capabilities, the Haliade-X 12 MW turbine features offshore wind technology that will help our customers find success in an increasingly competitive environment.
A suite of apps that leverages data and analytics, in partnership with our hardware and services solutions to enhance efficiency, cybersecurity, reliability, and profitability of your assets.