General Electric recently announced a new line of wind turbines, the Brilliant Wind Turbines, that generate between 20 and 24 percent more power than their previous best turbines in this class. They do this through traditional improvements in turbine design, but also through innovations that address one of the main issues that critics of wind power raise: intermittency. The wind does not blow all the time, and the electric grid needs a regular supply of electricity. GE’s new Brilliant wind turbines use a short-term, grid-scale battery storage system paired with an “industrial internet” — a sophisticated system that is able to predict when power will be needed and when the wind will be blowing. The turbines are also bigger. All of this increases efficiency and how much energy a turbine actually can produce. This is a big deal, for grid operators and wind energy producers. As more of these turbines hit the grid, the reliability of renewable energy increases, making it a feasible backbone to the electric grid. And with the cost of the energy produced by these turbines right now level with thermal coal, this seems like a game-changer.
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