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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Brilliant Wind Turbines Talk To Each Other, GE … & Aliens? (CT Exclusive)

October 22nd, 2013 by  


At GE’s recent Mind + Machines 2013 conference*, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview GE’s Andy Holt, the general manager of Renewable Energy Services at GE Energy. The friendly giant (he was very tall, but thankfully also very friendly and funny) answered several technical questions I pitched his way, as well as throwing in some interesting commentary I didn’t even think to fish for.

Over the coming days, I’ll share several videos from our chats on Chicago’s impressive Navy Pier, with this first one being about GE’s Brilliant wind turbines. The summary, as you can see in the title, is that these wind turbines are able to communicate with each other as well as wind turbine technicians regarding a number of important performance and maintenance factors. This helps the machines and people running them to maximize uptime, performance, CO2 and other pollution cuts, and revenues/profits for wind farm owners, wind farm operators, and GE.

Check out the video and please share it with friends!


For more background on the GE Brilliant turbine and PowerUp, check out:

  1. GE Boosting Wind Turbine Output Up To 5% With PowerUp, Industrial Internet Technology
  2. How Smart Is GE’s “Brilliant” New Wind Turbine?
  3. GE’s Brilliant Wind Turbine — Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal Or Natural Gas (Part 1)
  4. GE’s Brilliant Wind Turbine — Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal Or Natural Gas (Part 2)
  5. GE’s Brilliant Wind Turbine — Wind Power Cheaper Than Coal Or Natural Gas (Part 3)
  6. Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad Production Tax Credit For Wind Power?
  7. GE’s “Brilliant” Wind Turbine Revs Up In Netherlands
  8. GE Brilliant Wind Turbines Heading Down Under As Part Of $350MM Boco Wind Farm Project

*Full disclosure: GE funded and organized my trip to Chicago in order to cover the GE Minds + Machines 2013 conference. It also arranged my meeting with Andy.





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  • Ivor O’Connor

    These self monitoring smart turbines could be a PR godsend. Imagine the metrics for all their turbines being available on the net to all interested. Which they should be if the companies products are honest. This would not only entice perspective investors. It would put an end to the deniers.

  • JamesWimberley

    GE is doing good work here. But Zach is running the risk of appearing an extension of GE’s marketing department. How about some reporting on the response by GE’s capable rivals – Siemens, Vestas, Ganesa, Enercon? They must surely be working on control technology too.

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