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E.ON Gets Faster, Lower Cost Cycles with OpFlex Solutions

Technology Category
  • Automation & Control - Automation & Process Control Systems
Applicable Industries
  • Oil & Gas
Applicable Functions
  • Process Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
The Challenge
E.ON's plants ran 4000+ hours per year, now see fewer than 1000+ hours of profitable operation. E.ON needed a fast, reliable and low-cost cycle plants.
About The Customer
E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, and retailing power and gas - and they are part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. They employ around 12,000 people in the
The Customer
E.ON
The Solution
GE developed an OpFlex advanced controls technology retrofit package that enables agile and robust combined cycle starts. This package consists of OpFlex Variable Load Path (VLP) which enables GT load and exhaust conditions to be customized to best match bottoming cycle needs, and OpFlex AutoTune MX, which provides fully automated combustor tuning to ensure robust GT operation across the full load range and whole VLP operating space.

Software Components
- OpFlex Variable Load Path (VLP)
- OpFlex AutoTune MX
Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
    The amount of energy used in production processes can be lowered and made more efficient.
  • [Cost Reduction - IT]
    Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in IT cost and project time.
Quantitative Benefit
  • E.ON demonstrated 40% faster and 50% less costly combined cycle plant starts.
  • The solution helped E.ON result in 60% more operating hours and starts to cmpared to non-graded plants.
  • The solution has been proven in operation more than on 10 unitsat 5 different sites with more than 20,000 cumulative hours and 1,000 starts.

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