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GE Research Uses Summit Supercomputer for Groundbreaking Study on Wind Power

Power News - Published on Mon, 10 Aug 2020

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GE scientists have been authorized by the US government to access one of world’s fastest supercomputers to advance offshore wind power, which could be a significant part of the Wind Energy sector that is projected to provide 20% of all US energy needs in the next 10 years. GE engineers, led by GE Research Aerodynamics Engineer Jing Li, have been granted access to the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, through the US Department of Energy’s competitive Advanced Scientific Computing Research Leadership Computing Challenge program. The goal of this groundbreaking effort, just launched, is to use supercomputer-driven simulations to conduct otherwise infeasible research that will lead to improved efficiencies in offshore wind energy production.

As part of the project, the GE team will work closely with world-class research teams at NREL and ORNL to advance the ExaWind platform. One of the applications of the DOE’s Exascale Computing Project, ExaWind focuses on the development of computer software to simulate different wind farm and atmospheric flow physics. These simulations provide crucial insights for engineers and scientists to better understand wind dynamics and their impact on wind farms.

The key focus of this supercomputing project will be to study coastal low-level jets, which produce a distinct wind velocity profile of potential importance to the design and operation of future wind turbines. Using the Summit supercomputer system, the GE team will run simulations to study and inform new ways of controlling and operating offshore turbines to best optimize wind production.

Hosted by the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Summit supercomputing system is one of the world’s most powerful. With the system power equivalent to 70 million iPhone 11s, Summit provides scientists with incredible computing power to test and solve challenges in energy, AI, human health and other research areas simply unknowable until now.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 10 Aug 2020
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