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

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.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • General Electric
    GE is a diversified specialty equipment, infrastructure and financial services company. Their products and services range from aircraft engines, power generation, oil and gas production equipment, and household appliances to medical imaging, business and consumer financing and industrial products. GE believes new technologies will merges big iron with big data to create brilliant machines. This convergence of machine and intelligent data is known as the Industrial Internet, and it's changing the way we work. Year founded: 1892 Revenue: $148.5 billion (2014) NYSE: GE Featured Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - GE Digital - GE Predix - GE Intelligent Platform - Wurldtech
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Energy
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
    An asset lifecycle is the series of stages involved in the management of an asset. It starts with the planning stages when the need for an asset is identified and continues all the way through its useful life and eventual disposal. The basic premise of asset lifecycle management is to extend your assets’ usability as far as you can, without losing any functionality, thereby decreasing total lifetime costs and increasing the economic value-add of the asset. For example, when maintenance is neglected, companies have to struggle with the resulting unexpected breakdowns, long delays, and costly emergency maintenance. Proper asset lifecycle management can improve the process of maintaining and managing valuable assets.
  • 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 UK and more than 79,000 worldwide.
  • 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
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Time To Market]
    Programming time, production time, and installation time are shortened during the introduction of new products.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
    The amount of energy used in production processes can be lowered and made more efficient.
    Impact #3
    [Cost Reduction - IT]
    Total cost of ownership is lowered due to reduction in IT cost and project time.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1
    E.ON demonstrated 40% faster and 50% less costly combined cycle plant starts.
    Benefit #2
    The solution helped E.ON result in 60% more operating hours and starts to cmpared to non-graded plants.
    Benefit #3
    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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