GE Using MRI Technology to Help Build Better Wind Turbines

September 5, 2011

Alternative sources of power are something that many companies are exploring more thoroughly nowadays, and General Electric is no exception. Although they already produce wind turbines, the technology development arm of GE, GE Global Research, has begun a project from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop the next generation of wind turbines, ones that could support large-scale wind applications in the 10-15 megawatt range. The first phase of the project is a 2-year, $3 million dollar endeavor.

“With the industry’s desire for higher megawatt machines to maximize clean wind power opportunities in the U.S. and around the globe, new technologies will be needed to support larger scale wind platforms,” said Keith Longtin, the Wind Technology Leader at GE Global Research. “The key challenge will be delivering solutions that achieve the right scale and cost.”

How do they hope to find these solutions? Through the adaption of technology used in MRI machines.