GE software to help reduce maintenance costs of wind

GE (NYSE: GE) is working with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to investigate ways to improve wind farm productivity and efficiency.

The two-year study will focus on helping wind farms reduce maintenance costs and improve availability through predictions of impending problems. The software, called Proficy SmartSignal, will be installed on a GE 1.5 MW turbine operated and maintained by Invenergy in Illinois. It includes adding more sensors than the industry standard to improve condition-monitoring precision and enhancing the SmartSignal models to include measruements of vibration, lube oil and blade pitch motors.

The project is part of a larger Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $9 million to an IIT-led consortium and the results of the study will directly contribute to future product and service designs.

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