Greentech Lead America: GE has launched a new technology
that assists wind farm operators to identify problems with wind turbines.
GE invested more than $3 million for developing the new
technology. PulsePOINT is currently operating on data from more than 12,000
wind turbines worldwide in GE’s fleet.
Before wind turbines can cause downtime or major
failures, wind operators can use advanced software, GE’s innovative PulsePOINT
Advanced Monitoring and Diagnostic Services. The new technology assists
operators to reduce costs and achieve optimal energy production by increasing
wind turbine reliability and availability.
GE claims that PulsePOINT incorporates GE’s anomaly
detection algorithms with SCADA data and GE Bently Nevada condition monitoring
equipment. The system is designed to collect wind farm and fleet data from
hundreds of turbine sensors and key SCADA control parameters.
Currently running more than 150 unique rules and
algorithms 24 hours a day, PulsePOINT detects and prioritizes anomalies in wind
turbine operations and identifies the proper course of corrective action. It
assists operators for identifying wind turbines that are underproducing to
ensure customers are achieving optimal energy production.
“PulsePOINT is just the latest example of how GE continues to expand our suite
of service offerings, to provide even stronger support for our customers in the
wind industry,” said Andy Holt, Wind Services general manager for GE Power
Warrantied owners, operations and maintenance, full-service agreement and
Bently Nevada condition monitoring customers receive the full capabilities of
the services. Further capabilities are planned to optimize maintenance.