Invenergy to Install GE’s First Brilliant Wind Turbine with Integrated Battery Software Applications

  Invenergy to Install GE’s First Brilliant Wind Turbine with Integrated
  Battery Software Applications

  *Invenergy to Feature Three Brilliant 2.5-120 Turbines as Part of an 86 GE
    Turbine Installation at New Texas Wind Project Site
  *New BrilliantWind Turbine Is First to Integrate Battery Applications into
    the Turbine System
  *Three Powerful Software Applications Work with the Battery to Enable
    Short-Term Predictable Power and to Enhance Revenue Potential for
    Customers

Business Wire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- May 01, 2013

GE (NYSE: GE) and Invenergy announced today the purchase of the first 2.5-120
brilliant wind turbines in the world. Invenergy has ordered three units as
part of an 86-turbine deal with GE for its Mills County, Texas, wind farm. The
2.5-120, announced in January, harnesses the power of the Industrial Internet
to analyze tens of thousands of data points every second. This helps manage
wind variability and provides reliable, short-term predictable power, while
communicating seamlessly with neighboring turbines, service technicians and
operators.

GE's testing facility with a 1.6-100 turbine in Tehachapi, California. GE is
the first to incorporat ...

GE's testing facility with a 1.6-100 turbine in Tehachapi, California. GE is
the first to incorporate short-term battery storage integrated at the turbine
level. GE has combined its Durathon Battery with advanced software to help
wind farm operators store excess energy—shifting the winds in their favor by
increasing wind power's efficiency and short-term predictability. Photo
Credit: GE

New Configuration Enables Operators to Capture the Wind for Short-Term Energy
Storage

The 2.5-120 is the first wind turbine to incorporate short-term battery
storage as part of the complete turbine package. Integrating the battery into
the wind turbine allows wind farm operators to reap the benefits of energy
storage without the high costs of farm-level battery storage installation.
This revolutionary design integrates GE’s advanced Durathon Battery technology
with three software applications (apps). The resulting intelligent system
enables power producers and the wind turbines themselves to make data-informed
decisions and provide short-term predictable power.

“With rapid expansion of the United States wind industry over the past five
years, wind power plays an increasingly important role in America’s energy
mix,” said Keith Longtin, general manager, wind product line for GE’s
renewable energy business. “This new marriage of battery storage and advanced
software within a wind turbine allows forward-thinking wind energy producers
like Invenergy to shift the winds in its favor—increasing wind power’s
efficiency and short-term predictability.”

The 2.5-120 brilliant turbines are scheduled to be installed this year at the
Goldthwaite Wind Energy facility, currently under construction in central
Texas. The project is expected to commence full commercial operation by the
end of 2013.Subsequently, Invenergy will be among the first power producers
to test the benefits of data-driven, turbine-to-battery communication in
predicting wind power production in 15-60-minute increments.

”As America’s largest independent wind power generation company, innovation is
critical to our continued industry leadership,” said Michael Polsky,
Invenergy’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased that this
new brilliant turbine will provide cutting-edge technological advancements,
particularly in renewable energy integration with storage.”

GE’s engineers have created three battery-enabled software applications that
integrate seamlessly with the wind turbine to provide enhanced wind power
availability. Wind developers and operators can select the application or
combination of applications that best suits individual site needs.

  *Ramp Control: Today, when wind speed increases quickly, the grid cannot
    always absorb the extra wind power produced. GE’s Ramp Control App allows
    the brilliant turbine to capture “wasted” wind power and store it in the
    battery, meaning operators can capture revenue previously left on the
    table.
  *Predictable Power: Power producers must be able to provide consistent and
    predictable power to the grid, but the variability of wind can make smooth
    grid integration challenging. The Predictable Power App allows the
    brilliant turbine to smooth out the short-term peaks and valleys in wind
    power and make it predictable over periods of 15-60 minutes.
  *Frequency Regulation: Power demand changes throughout the day, and grid
    operators must keep up with its constant fluctuation. Grid operators look
    to power producers to respond rapidly to keep the grid balanced. The
    Frequency Regulation App allows wind farms to store energy in the battery
    and respond immediately to load changes with ultimate precision.

For more information, go to http://www.ge-energy.com/wind/battery.

To view a video, click here.

About Invenergy

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own and operate large-scale
renewable and other clean energy generation facilities in North America and
Europe. North America’s largest independent wind power generation company,
Invenergy is committed to clean power alternatives and continued innovation in
electricity generation. The company’s home office is located in Chicago and it
has regional development offices throughout the United States and in Canada
and Europe.

Invenergy has developed more than 7,100 megawatts of clean energy projects
that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 49 wind,
three solar and six natural gas power facilities. For more information, please
visit www.invenergyllc.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best
technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy,
health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and
curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation,
energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges
locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including
renewable resources such as wind and solar, biogas and alternative fuels; and
coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced
technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to
water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include
Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Services, Renewable
Energy, Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in
Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

Follow GE Power & Water and GE’s renewables business on Twitter @GE_PowerWater
and @GErenewables.

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Contact:

GE Power & Water
Lindsay Theile, +1-518-385-3194
lindsay.theile@ge.com
or
Invenergy
Alissa Krinsky, +1-312-592-1554
akrinsky@invenergyllc.com
or
Masto Public Relations
Beth Coffman or Kenneth Darling
+1-518-786-6488
beth.coffman@mastopr.com
kenneth.darling@ge.com
 
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