The apps are compatible with GE’s new 2 MW and 3 MW wind turbines and were developed to enhance annual energy production and improve wind farm profitability. The apps are built on the Predix software platform and include its specialized cyber security protection for operational technology.
Exelon Power helped develop a new application called Energy Forecasting. The app utilizes weather forecasting data to generate more accurate financial modeling and better predict the next day’s grid supply and demand fluctuations. It also offers real-time forecasting for identifying production ramps throughout the day to improve profitability for dispatchers and traders in PPA or merchant energy markets. Energy Forecasting was recently deployed for testing at four new wind projects in the U.S., and Exelon expects the software to deliver one- to three percent of additional revenue per site.
GE also unveiled two new apps to help streamline wind farm operations. Digital Plan of the Day is a scheduling application that improves operations and maintenance efficiency for field service teams. The app combines data sets, including SCADA information, diagnostic readings, weather conditions and geolocation data, to organize and prioritize daily maintenance schedules across a site.
The second app is the newest version of Wind PowerUp Services that builds on GE’s earlier capabilities in making small hardware and software adjustments based on performance and reliability data, but it now expands the concept by introducing an iterative tuning process to monitor a site’s specific wind environment and lock in the appropriate settings based on available current information.
The last two apps focus on asset performance management. The Diagnostics app uses operating data for advanced anomaly detection analysis and then incorporates it into a detailed case management and recommendation system. The Prognostics app uses operating, maintenance and inspection data to project future operating conditions and predict turbine component reliability. The apps can help wind farm operators reduce maintenance costs by up to 10 percent.