If it were not for GE and other OEMs, the Tehachapi Calif. area would be a turbine museum. A lot of small turbines spin away on lattice towers. But during a recent trip to the area, GE showcased its 1.6-100 wind turbine prototype with battery storage. I had the pleasure of visiting the test site of the brilliant turbine to learn more about its battery software applications.
The prototype has three main apps.
- The Predictable Power app helps wind farm operators forecast their wind turbines’ energy supply in 15 to 60 minute intervals because wind speeds change frequently.
- The Ramp Control app captures and stores wasted wind power in the battery to increase profitability.
- The Frequency Regulation app provides stability to the grid by letting turbines respond to fluctuating power demand, which varies throughout the day.
Invenergy will install three 2.5-120 brilliant wind turbines this year in central Texas. Also, be sure to check out GE’s “Shifting the Winds in Your Favor with Energy Storage” video discussing its brilliant turbine.
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