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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


GE Brilliant Wind Turbines + PowerUp = Big Clean Energy Win (CT Exclusive)

October 22nd, 2013 by  

Wind power is already extremely cheap — the cheapest option for new electricity in many if not most regions of the world. It is also extremely effective at reducing CO2 emissions and other pollution. But it’s still something like a “teenager” or “young adult” in its development. There’s room for improvement.

In the following interview with GE’s Andy Holt, the general manager of Renewable Energy Services at GE Energy, conducted at GE’s recent Minds + Machines conference*, Andy discusses how GE’s new(ish) Brilliant wind turbines and brand new PowerUp technology make wind turbines and wind farms even more efficient, productive, and profitable. Exciting stuff. Check it out and share it with your 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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  • Herb

    How ’bout puttin’ dates on all of your articles, right at the top, just under the title, just like a regular newspaper or magazine? It would be nice to know immediately how old the article I’m reading is without having to use the age of the comments as a proxy dating device.

    Of course, the age will sometimes determine whether I’ll even read an article, and it will always tell me whether it’s up-to-date info and whether I should seek out a newer article on the subject for any updates.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve read enough articles on a variety of sites and subjects in the last ten years only to find out they were *years old* that the date is now the first thing I seek out.

    Just a thought.

    • Bob_Wallace

      They should be there on any articles written in the last couple years. Or longer. Don’t recall when it was started.

      But on all the articles the publication date is embedded in the address. This one “/com/2013/10/22-brilliant”.

      If you notice any new articles post a comment on the article and I’ll poke the hamsters who run the operation.

      • Bob_Wallace

        BTW, know exactly what you mean. I hate it when I’m looking for recent info (costs, amounts, whatever) and the articles are not dated.

        I find it especially annoying when a major news outlet doesn’t date their stuff. I can understand amateurs not thinking about it, but…

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