First Wind to utilize GE technology for Maine wind farm

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GE’s (NYSE: GE) Digital Energy business will supply its synchronous condenser technology to First Wind’s Oakfield wind farm in northern Maine to connect wind power to the grid.

Synchronous condensers increase the grids strength and improve the voltage stability, allowing a wind turbine to operate in an otherwise weak grid.

“In the U.S. and around the globe, transmission grids are being linked to support the expansion of renewable energy. First Wind is an example of a power provider that is using state of the art technology and strategies so that their wind farm is delivering optimal power to their customers,” said Bob Turko, general manager, GE Digital Energy. “To support the continued success of wind and solar power, GE is providing the renewable industry with electrical solutions so that the grid is resilient enough to anticipate and withstand power fluctuations, and recover from damage incurred during storms and other major events.”

The Oakfield wind farm is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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