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  1. ABB highlights Big Data opportunities and perils

    The subject of big data and how global technology trends are revolutionizing the power generation industry was tackled today by experts from ABB. At POWER-GEN Asia in Seoul , two speakers from the company described how the intelligent use of data now available in power plants can not only deliver a competitive edge, but provide a solution to current and future challenges in the power industry. But they were keen to stress that care had to be taken with both the volume of data and the w ays in which it is handled. Manjay Khazanchi, head of Asia Pacific for ABB’s Power Generation unit, said that “the most important thing is to be secure. The biggest challenge for all of us today is on security. We are spending a lot of money on R&D to ensure that our systems are secure and safe. “All this data has to be handled in a manner in which the operators are able to judge and take actions in a proper and appropriate manner, without any loss of data or loss of production.” He stressed that “too much data is also not good. We have seen cases in power plants where data has been delivered and people do not know what to do with it. “Not having the right infrastructure in place at root level makes big data meaningless. We need to have strong infrastructure procedures in place.” Marco Sanguineti, ABB’s power generation head of technology, referred to what he called the “Internet of Things, Services and People”. “The success of our power generation customers will be more and more supported by the intelligent use of data generated by ever-increasing connectivity of devices. The integration of this data with people expertise and knowledge will create additional services in a cycle delivering unprecedented knowledge of the behavior and potential of their assets.” He spoke about the ‘internetization’ of power. “What is changing is the direction of electricity. Where once just went left to right is now going left to right, right to left and back again and again.” Sanguineti said that ABB’s own Symphony Plus distributed control system was “the result of our careful analysis of the evolving power generation market, and our customers’ changing needs driven by global mega trends”. ABB has won an order from Doosan Heavy Industries to use Symphony Plus to automate a 600 MW supercritical coal plant in Vietnam. The project is an expansion of the Vinh Tan 4 plant which once completed will provide an additional 5600 MW of electricity to the national grid. ABB will supply Symphony Plus to control the plant’s boiler, turbine generator and auxiliaries.

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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016

  2. New Control Technologies are Improving Plant Operations

    Electric power plant controls have made tremendous advances over the years. In the early 1970s, distributed control systems , smart instruments and real time data were not available to plant operators.

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    Fri, 1 Nov 2002

  3. Hyundai orders control systems from Metso Automation for Saudi Cogen plants

    Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of Seoul Korea has awarded Metso Automation, an order for four maxDNA distributed control systems that will control the electric and steam production at four co-generation plants in Saudi Arabia.

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    Mon, 18 Oct 2004

  4. GE Extends Maintenance Agreement for Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant in Argentina

    GE signed a maintenance services agreement extension to support a 760-MW combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in Argentina.

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016

  1. GE to upgrade vital Argentinean gas-fired power plant

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    Fri, 26 Aug 2016

  2. Putting Combustion Optimization to Work

    Variable conditions like coal quality, boiler cleanliness and equipment deterioration can affect a coal-fired power plant’s performance—and that’s where combustion optimization systems come in, to minimize their impact.

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    Fri, 1 May 2009

  3. Utilities Mandate Improved Heat Rate, Emissions and Availability When Specifying New Controls

    Advanced instrumentation and control systems allow electric utilities to improve the profitability of their power plants by reducing heat rates, equipment down time and maintenance costs.

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    Mon, 1 Sep 2003

  4. From fly-balls to microchips

    Through Power Engineering`s 100-year history, control technology has evolved from simple, elegantly designed nineteenth-century mechanical devices to mind-boggling advanced computer technology. Today`s Westinghouse Process Control Division traces its ancestry through a century of control ...

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    Mon, 1 Apr 1996

  5. National Power's Advanced Plant Management System Integrates Commercial and Process Control Interests

    When the United Kingdom Privatized its Power Industry in 1990, National Power Plc Became One of several energy suppliers to its main customer, the National Grid Co. In the new competitive marketplace, the company saw the need to change how it viewed its extensive power plant operations.

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    Mon, 1 Nov 1999

  6. OG&Es Seminole Plant Operates Under Free Pressure

    By Edgar C. Hutchins and Jack T. Coffman, OG&E Electric Services, and Gary Cavano, Elsag Bailey Process Automation

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    Mon, 1 Dec 1997

  7. Independent Russian refinery implements process automation

    Kuban Oil & Gas Co. has let a contract to Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS), a division of Honeywell International Inc., to provide advanced automated control and safety systems at the 1.5 million-tonne/year AT-5 crude distillation unit (CDU) of subsidiary Ilsky Refinery LLC’s refinery in the ...

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    Tue, 12 Jul 2016

  8. ABB inaugurates microgrid in South Africa, boosting renewables and power reliability

    ABB commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation at its 96,000 square meter Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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    Fri, 10 Jun 2016

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