More POWER-GEN Industry Announcements for Thursday

Emerson Making Virtual Power Plant a Reality with Industry’s First Integrated Control and Simulation Platform

Emerson’s Ovation™ simulation platform gives operators real-time, virtual way to evaluate different operating strategies before implementing them, reducing operational risks and improving power plant reliability

PITTSBURGH (December 13, 2016) – With the introduction of the industry’s first integrated control and simulation platform, Emerson (NYSE: EMR) has positioned owners of coal, combined cycle and other power generation facilities around the globe to fundamentally change how they operate their power plants. Sales of Ovation™ high-fidelity embedded simulation have more than doubled in the past year, signaling significant demand for the virtual power plant of the future and its value in minimizing risk and improving power plant reliability.

“As customers seek improved performance in areas like unit and fleet availability, flexible operations and workforce effectiveness, virtual simulation tools will provide them unprecedented insight into their operations,” said Bob Yeager, president, Power & Water, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Our customers will go beyond real-time information to anticipate and test the future before it happens, improving their ability to meet growing demand.”

According to a 2016 U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, global electricity demand will see a 69 percent increase by 2040, putting further pressure on reliable generation. While the trend toward renewables offers energy resource diversity, cycling traditional power plants due to the variability of renewable sources on the grid has proven to increase stress on production equipment, increasing maintenance costs and adding risk of unplanned outages.

“With new generation assets coming online around the world, the industry will likely be challenged to find experienced operators,” continued Yeager.  “Emerson is improving operator effectiveness and confidence while reducing operating risks through intelligent control systems, more realistic training and simulation platforms, and easier-to-use technologies.”

In the virtual power plant of the future, the high-fidelity Ovation power plant simulator will run in parallel with the Ovation control system. Operators can test control logic changes in advance based on real-time plant data to ensure their changes won’t disrupt operations or cause a forced outage. Other Emerson technologies such as pattern recognition, Pervasive Sensing™ and analytical tools will enhance the experience to allow plant operators to virtually experience what may happen in their operation before it does.

Emerson is also the only company that offers a single automation platform for both control and simulation, reducing complexity while allowing power generators to run their plants smarter and more efficiently.

“Decades of deep collaboration with our customers in the power and water industries has given us tremendous insight into what they need from their automation supplier,” continued Yeager. “Emerson will continue to lead innovation that helps to fundamentally improve the way power plants are operated.”


Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and OSIsoft Fuel theDigital Power Plant of the Future

Global Strategic Alliance Improves Plant Efficiency, Reliability and Emissions

Orlando, FL- (December 13, 2016) Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS), the recognized leader in power plant reliability and efficiency through the use of big data, expert knowledge and human insights, is expanding its global relationship with OSIsoft, a leader in Operational Intelligence, to drive further development of the digital power plant of the future.

MHPS laid the foundation for the Digital Power Plant in the 1980s and made a major step in 2004 when it began using the OSIsoft PI System at its Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics Center in Orlando, Fla.  This service has successfully demonstrated and delivered improved plant reliability and performance.

The OSIsoft PI System captures sensor-based data from industrial equipment and process systems. Deployed across 19,000 industrial sites in more than 125 counties the PI System enables digital transformations and improves process efficiency, energy use, asset reliability, quality and safety.  

The PI System will serve as the core for new interactive, cloud-based analytics services MHPS will use at power plants world-wide.  In addition, the PI System will continue to form the data infrastructure platform for existing total plant remote monitoring and diagnostics services, both for MHPS and other manufacturers’ equipment.

 “Our customers face new regulatory pressures and competitive realities. MHPS is offering a distinct Revolutionary Energy concept which includes a range of digital solutions that maximize plant performance,” said Rick Inskeep, MHPS Senior Vice President, Service. “Power plant owners have always needed to maximize reliability, an area in which MHPS excels.  And they increasingly need to adapt during the lifecycle of a power plant to shifting grid and generation mix requirements, while optimizing operations, flexibility, maintenance cycles and environmental performance tradeoffs. The MHPS digital solutions meet these needs.”

A digital power plant requires a robust information infrastructure to leverage the massive amount of data that is generated during plant operations.  OSIsoft is a proven pioneer and market leader in managing big data to support operational intelligence.  As part of this strategic alliance MHPS and OSIsoft will collaborate to define and promote new integrated digital solutions that add intelligence to power plants around the world, using best-in-class software and leveraging their respective knowledge and expertise.

“Our mission is to give people access to one of their most valuable assets: their operational data. The digital creativity and the returns we are seeing today inside heavy industry is truly remarkable,” said Martin Otterson, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Partners at OSIsoft. “By collaborating with a global leader like MHPS, we can help people further unlock the potential of data to accelerate their journey towards a digital power plant.”

MHPS is recognized for their collaborative, customer-first approach that continuously improves plant operations.  MHPS already offers a range of data-driven digital solutions that are tailored to address priority needs at each power plant.  As an OEM and also as a power plant owner/operator, MHPS has a unique experience and understanding of how big data can drive optimum power plant performance for its customers.

MHPS has been steadily increasing the digitization of power plants for several decades, introducing its digital solutions to the market step by step. Today MHPS offers a range of advanced, digitally-enabled major equipment for thermal power plants. The PI System is at the core of the MHPS digital solution data infrastructure.

“This alliance with OSIsoft is another important step MHPS is taking to revolutionize energy and advance the concept of the digital power plant,” said Inskeep. “We’re enabling the power plant of the future, further proof of the leadership MHPS brings to creating a brighter future.”


Siemens to supply additional aero-derivative gas turbines to help power New York City

Siemens is filling an order from Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) for the installation of additional advanced aero-derivative gas turbines at the Bayonne Energy Center (BEC), which delivers power through a dedicated 6.5 mile long underwater transmission cable to the Consolidated Edison Gowanus substation in Brooklyn to meet the electricity needs of over 500,000 homes and businesses in New York City.  With aero-derivative technology, the flexible BEC plant can produce full power from a standing start in less than ten minutes of receiving a request from the power distributor, helping to ensure grid stability in New York City.

The delivery of two Industrial Trent 60 Wet Low Emission (WLE) gas turbines and two generators expands Siemens’ existing support for the BEC plant.  BEC previously purchased eight Industrial Trent 60 gas turbines in 2009. Additionally, Siemens has also contributed a significant amount of capital to fund the project’s construction since 2010 and is the largest lender in the current loan.

As part of this order, Siemens has been awarded an extension to its current long-term service contract for the eight existing Industrial Trent 60 gas turbines, generators and auxiliary packages. A long-term agreement is also in place for the two new units following installation and commissioning.

“These highly flexible gas turbines are designed to ramp up quickly to help meet peak power demand in one of the world’s largest cities,” said John Gibson, Head of Sales North America, Siemens. “As a technology partner, Siemens has power infrastructure installed throughout New York City, from generation to transmission and distribution. We are very pleased to deliver additional world-class technology to the Bayonne Energy Center that will help meet the electricity needs of New Yorkers. Our expert Siemens service technicians will continue to ensure that the units perform at maximum output for many years to come.”

With the addition of these new units – two Industrial Trent 60 gas turbines and two SGen-100A generators – the facility’s power output will be increased to 640 MW. Features of the BEC include the ability for multiple starts and stops per day, high availability and starting reliability, best in class efficiency levels and best achievable emissions performance.

The existing service and maintenance partnership between BEC and Siemens includes joint workshops and the development of a cross-organizational team to deliver high reliability. The entire Siemens platform team has worked closely with BEC to continuously improve overall plant performance. This collaboration has resulted in highly successful performance. For example, during the summer peak operating period in 2015, which saw BEC start the units over 1,000 times (operating over 5,500 hours) the facility achieved a world-class reliability rate of >99.76%.

Capital support from Siemens Financial Services division (SFS) has played a key role since the project’s initial construction phase in 2010. Overall, SFS has participated in 3 separate loans in support of the project over the years. Initially, as sole lender, SFS provided a $50 million holding company loan to the prior owner, which was important to funding the project’s construction. In June 2014, SFS contributed $58 million towards a new project loan – making Siemens the largest single lender in that financing structure. In June 2015, SFS funded $60 million of the new $275 million project loan – again, making SFS the largest lender in the current loan.

The Industrial Trent 60 gas turbine packages are being assembled at Siemens’ Mount Vernon, Ohio facility.


New Marley NC Everest Cooling Tower Provides Up To 50% More Cooling Capacity and 35% Less Fan Power Per Cell

Factory-assembled tower takes cooling to a higher level with unmatched cooling capacity and energy efficiency for HVAC and light industrial applications

Overland Park, KS – SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the new Marley NC Everest Cooling Tower, a crossflow evaporative cooling system that provides up to 50% more cooling capacity than any other single-cell, factory-assembled cooling tower.

In addition to unmatched cooling capacity, the NC Everest uses up to 35% less fan power to achieve higher energy savings. Its unique design minimizes piping and electrical connections to reduce installation costs. Seven-foot doors provide access to the tower’s interior service decks and mechanical components, making routine inspections and maintenance safer and easier.

Featuring the new, patent-pending MarKey™ Drift Eliminators, the NC Everest Cooling Tower achieves the lowest measureable drift rate, down to 0.0005 percent of circulating water flow, so less water escapes the tower.

NC Everest Cooling Tower sound levels have been independently verified per CTI ATC-128 test code by third-party CTI-licensed test agents and certified acoustical engineers. SPX Cooling Technologies’ Marley brand is the only package tower subjected to this rigorous independent sound testing.


U.S. Water Presents ‘Integrated Water Treatment Solutions’ at Powergen Show – Booth 4227

One size does not always fit all – your challenges are unique and your solution should be too.

By combining our innovative equipment and sustainable chemical programs, we are able to offer integrated water treatment solutions designed to prevent unscheduled downtime, improve system reliability and support your environmental goals.

Visit Booth 4227 to learn how to:

Improve Your Corrosion Rates & Meet Discharge Limits

Increase Your Plant Efficiency with Innovative Automation & Control Solutions

Simplify Your Reverse Osmosis Operations with SMART Care for Membranes