GE plans to give offshore wind energy a supercomputing boost

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Wind turbines, of the Block Island Wind Farm, tower above the water off the shores of Rhode Island. | Photo by Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

GE plans to harness the power of one of the world’s fastest supercomputers to propel offshore wind power development in the US. IBM’s Summit supercomputer at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow GE to simulate air currents in a way the company’s never been able to before.

Ultimately, the research could influence the design, control, and operations of future wind turbines. It’s also intended to advance the growth of wind power off the East Coast of the US by giving researchers a better grasp of the available wind resources in the Atlantic. The simulations Summit will run can fill in some of the gaps in the historical…

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