GE to develop tech that supports more solar power grid integration

GE Research will develop ‘grid-forming’ controls that will allow solar and wind inverters to form voltage and frequency levels like traditional generators

General Electric (GE) is to develop and deploy advanced inverter control technologies that can handle higher amounts of solar power while improving the reliability of the grid.

The company’s research arm has been awarded $4.2 million (£3.3m) by the Department of Energy for the inverter improvements to support the increasingly distributed, renewable-intensive grid in the US.

Renewable electricity generation doubled from 382 million MWh in 2008 to 742 million MWh in 2018 in the US, with solar generation increasing nearly 50 times during the same period.

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