in News Departments > Products & Technologies
print the content item

GE has completed trials of PassiveBoost, a technology the company says is designed to allow remote power networks to go direct current (DC) and could cut the cost of offshore wind power by 15%.

The trials were performed at the company's full-scale power system test site near Leicester, U.K. According to GE, the solution provides a straight replacement, on the same footprint, for the alternating current (AC) transformer inside every wind turbine and allows direct connection to a high-voltage DC power collection grid while reducing cable cost and without the need for a DC breaker. PassiveBoost features a new power device packaging technique with a cooling system, as well as GE’s ActiveFoldback fault protection system.

“Whether extracting fossil fuels or capitalizing on renewable energy resources, we find ourselves working further offshore or in inhospitable desert locations,” says Keiran Coulton, senior executive of global industry at GE Power Conversion. “In either case, the energy wasted in AC transmission systems is costing the energy consumer too much. The technologies behind PassiveBoost will enable these costs to be cut.”

Scottish Enterprise supported the PassiveBoost project, and the company’s Seoniad Vass comments, “Reducing the cost of electricity generated by offshore wind is a vitally important factor in realizing the significant economic potential of the technology. As a result, the development of innovative technologies such as this is key to the sector’s ongoing development, and we look forward to continuing to work with GE in this important field.”




Mortenson Construction_id2024

Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Recapping The Wind Industry's Third-Quarter Deals

Mercom Capital Group recaps investment and merger and acquisition activity during July, August and September.


Yearly Installed Capacity Figures Already Beat 2013 Numbers, More Wind On The Way: AWEA

While the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) lobbies Congress to extend the production tax credit, the association notes wind projects now under construction signal a vibrant 2015.


Yahoo Inks Contract To Buy Kansas Wind Power

The Internet company plans to log in to the Alexander wind project, which is being built by community developer OwnEnergy.


Could Initial Offshore Wind Projects Crash New England's REC Market?

Some are concerned that the first offshore wind projects could negatively impact pricing of renewable energy credits (RECs) in New England.


Catching Up With The DOE's Down-Select Offshore Winners

The three recipients of key U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding provide updates on their offshore wind demonstration projects.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934