Four Strategies Where Automation Systems Compel Economic Profits In...

Four Strategies Where Automation Systems Compel Economic Profits In Power Plants

Energy CIO Insights | Friday, September 04, 2020

The energy industry is experiencing a transformation in today’s time, which brings with it vast opportunities and added challenges as well, enforcing the industry to transform with automation.

FREMONT, CA: With ever-changing times, automation has turned out to be an integral part within the power industry that has been meeting each growing demand. Automation has consummated the requirements of boosting plant performance with the assistance of reliable and predictable operation to gain superior economic returns.

When it comes to the competitive energy generation market, power utilities work on optimizing performance. Meanwhile, it reduces operational costs and provides higher quality energy at lower prices to the customers. Nevertheless, it is considered that specific requirements will balance the trade-offs between performance, functionality costs, and risks.

Performance optimization is highly attributed to bringing greater flexibility, elevated efficiency, better availability, and minor emissions during the fossil generation. By utilizing the data collected from the distribution collection system (DCS) for advanced control concepts is one of the widely-adopted strategies to boost plant profitability.

There are various strategies in which automation systems can compel economic profits for power plants:

1. It enables plants to respond to dynamic power demands and perform a stable operation under advanced control concepts.

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2. The achievement of optimized control is a tried and succeeded strategy in power plants around the world. By minimizing the throttling losses and triggering the combustion air and the steam temperatures, plants can achieve superior performance.

3. Advanced controls permit stable and accurate load changes with the least fuel overshoot with the assistance of less stress, predictive feed-forward control, and mobilization of preserved energy. It minimizes the damage on the plant components, reduces the outages, and impacts the supply of the plant.

4. It brings higher potency with very low emissions, which yields a parallel reduction of carbon dioxide releases. The decrease of ash for disposal in a coal-fired plant can be considerably optimized by nearly 20 percent. What is more, the average loss on ignition can be cut down to four percent, and the overall performance can be improved to almost 0.3 percent.      

The advanced computer hardware and software technologies within the modern world enable optimizing each component of a power plant. In addition, it also operates the entire plant as a single unit to maximize the value of its assets.

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