- The world's biggest wind turbine (8MW!) is now in its testing phase.
- A new wind turbine blade deflector design could help boost output by as much as 20 percent.
- Formula One is inspiring better wind turbines.
- The U.S. Geological Survey just released a map of all onshore wind turbines in the United States.
- Lasers are being used to monitor the efficiency of turbines.
A simple software upgrade to boost wind power
Photo: Sisse Brimberg & Cotton Coulson
— By Tyler Falk on February 11, 2014, 3:30 PM PST
So this software is standard on new GE wind turbines? It seems odd that they are charging for use on old turbines. Most companies (e.g. Tesla) give software updates for free or a small charge. By charging without limit based on the extra energy produced (and just how is that determined accurately?), it seems like GE is gouging the people who bought its products in the past.
Surprised real-time telemetry and auto-adjustment to a wind-turbine's mechanics and aero is not defacto-standard fit, to enable peak efficiency to be maintained despite the local environmental conditions - wind speed, direction, air pressure, rain, snow etc. In the same way all cars now have engine management systems.
Wind energy generation in the US has grown quickly over the last several years. In the future, wind power is seen as a being the most cost effective source of electricity. And with software like PowerUp, this will happen very soon.
"In the future, wind power is seen as a being the most cost effective source of electricity"...... ahem, when it blows.
It needs backup sources for calm days, and storage like pumped storage Hydro for when supply exceeds demand - a windy night for example, which affects the return on investment model - unless you just switch them off - which hugely irritates people, wondering why they not spinning on windy days often, missing out on free electricity.