May 25, 2016

GE introduces software apps for Digital Wind Farm

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GE Renewable Energy has unveiled a new suite of five software applications designed to improve wind farm profitability and enhance annual energy prod...

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled a new suite of five software applications designed to improve wind farm profitability and enhance annual energy production.

All of the programs are compatible with GE’s 2MW and 3MW turbines and were built on the company’s Predix software platform.

The suite includes the Energy Forecasting application, which was developed in collaboration with Excelon Power, and uses weather forecasting data to predict the next day’s grid supply and demand fluctuations. When the app was tested at four US windfarms it was found that it could contribute one to three percent additional revenue per site.

Two of the apps centre around issues of asset performance management: The Diagnostic app uses “advanced anomaly detection analysis” to create a case management and recommendation system, while the Prognostics app utilises operating, maintenance and inspection data to predict future operating conditions and turbine component reliability.  

The final two apps combine a variety of data sets to optimise wind farm operations for maintenance teams in the field. Digital Plan of the Day combines weather information with diagnostic readings and geolocation data to prioritise daily maintenance schedules across a site. PowerUp Services is an updated version of GE’s earlier platform of the same name — and it is increasingly capable of altering a turbine’s settings based on data from a site’s specific wind environment. The new PowerUp can increase a windfarm’s annual production by 10 percent.

Anne McEntee, President & CEO of GE’s Onshore Wind business, said “The Digital Wind Farm is changing the future of our industry. We are actively working with our customers to develop new software technology applications that generate more production, better availability and ultimately higher profit across the lifecycle of a wind farm.”

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Apr 16, 2021

Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada

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Canada
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
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The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to take critical steps toward construction...

Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.

The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction. 

The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.

The project has support from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.

The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth. 

Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."

The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.

Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019. 

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