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Published on October 23rd, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Crowdsourcing Wind Turbine Development (CT Exclusive Interview)

October 23rd, 2013 by  


For a brief look inside the world of the wind industry, the following is a video I filmed of GE’s Andy Holt* talking about the culture of the wind industry and the crowdsourcing of wind turbine development. My initial question was simply about whether or not GE was hoping to use its PowerUp technology to crowdsource wind turbine and wind farm improvements. However, Andy Holt, the general manager of Renewable Energy Services at GE Energy, went beyond that and made some interesting comments on the culture of the wind industry in general. Check it out:

Here’s more on wind power’s super low cost and industry development:

The key statistic from Jeffrey Immelt’s talk that I wanted to highlight in the video above was this one: “some of the more recent projects with wind turbines in the United States, people have been able to quote under 5 cents a kilowatt-hour. When we acquired the wind business 10 years ago, this was 30 cents a kilowatt-hours, 30 cents. Now you’re getting quotes under 5 cents a kilowatt-hour.” That’s huge.

*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.

For more from the event, including more videos of Andy, check out our Minds + Machines archives. 
 


 


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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in NIO [NIO], Tesla [TSLA], and Xpeng [XPEV]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.



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