GE is using big data to make smarter turbines


GE announced new technology for its utility customers running gas turbines on Thursday, but the bigger news might have been the technology that’s powering them. The new products are part of GE’s broader Predictivity lineup that analyzes data from the company’s large installed turbine base to help the machines and their operators work better.

Here’s how the company quantifies the promise of smarter turbines:

“In September 2013, GE eclipsed 100 million hours of operational data documented on its globally monitored gas turbine fleet of more than 1,600 units, the world’s largest. The insights derived from analysis of this operational “big data” can be applied to help customers expand their earning power while reducing operational costs and risk. As these “intelligent” machines communicate their operating statistics through an average of 100 physical sensors and 300 virtual sensors on each gas turbine, the GE team can help customers translate that information into…

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