GE Wins Order for Three Wind Turbines With Storage Technology

General Electric Co., the biggest U.S. supplier of wind turbines, will supply three systems that include battery storage to Invenergy LLC for a Texas wind farm.

The agreement is part of an 86-turbine order that Chicago-based Invenergy plans to install at its Goldthwaite Wind Energy facility in Mills County, Texas, GE said today in a statement.

It’s the first order for the 2.5-120 Brilliant turbine that Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE announced in January, incorporating short-term power-storage capabilities. The system uses software to analyze wind speeds and retains excess power during gusty periods that’s fed to the grid when breezes wane.

Renewable-energy developers are showing increasing interest in storage technology to offset the intermittent availability of wind and sunshine, Keith Longtin, GE’s general manager for wind products, said in the statement.

Integrating batteries in turbines will let wind-farm operators boost “efficiency and short-term predictability,” Longtin said.

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