Optimization and Reliability Protect the Power Grid

Using the power of software, machine learning, power systems, and other advanced analytics as well as next-generation design and visualization techniques, GE is leveraging its extensive knowledge of the grid to develop new solutions that will help utilities predict and prevent potential failures before they happen.

For over a century, the electrical grid has served its purpose, delivering power when and where it is needed. In recent years, several factors have converged that have heightened attention on the reliability and functionality of electric grids.

Having been magnified in recent years by volatile weather events such as crippling hurricanes and super storms, resilience and reliability have been emphasized as key components in successful grid operation. Events such as Hurricane Sandy, causing wide-spread power outages, have highlighted vulnerabilities in our grid infrastructure, impacting consumers and utilities alike.

Utilizing the power of software, power systems, machine learning, and other advanced analytics and next-generation design and visualization techniques, GE is leveraging its extensive knowledge of the grid to develop new solutions that will help utilities predict and prevent potential failures before they happen. GE’s portfolio of power-grid-based technologies enable the use of real-time information to improve the operation of the grid. As GE continues to add intelligent grid enabling technologies to its ecomagination portfolio, we also continue to work with customers around the world to deploy solutions that bring governments, utilities and consumers toward a more energy-efficient tomorrow.

In parallel, GE engineers are developing energy management technologies to meet the integration challenges of a more diversified grid and new software and analytical tools to make grid management and operations more efficient and more predictive. GE intermittency management and renewables integration technology also allow the grid to handle more renewable power without increasing wear and tear on utility equipment, while also enabling the efficient transfer of renewable power over long distances, helping to move power from sunny, windy areas to the places where people live and work.

See how a grid works in Smarter Technology for a Smart Grid.