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Hardware and Software Upgrade Boosts Power Output for TransCanada

As TransCanada's GE turbines were nearing end of life at their Ravenswood and Alberta locations, they required cleaner, more viable solutions to meet the growing power demands of their constituency, with the Ravenswood location serving over 20% of New York City.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • General Electric (GE)
    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: 1892Revenue: $148.5 billion (2014)NYSE: GEFeatured Subsidiaries/ Business Units:- GE Digital- GE Predix- GE Intelligent Platform- Wurldtech
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CUSTOMER
  • TransCanada Corporation is a major North American energy company based in Calgary, Alberta, developing and operating energy infrastructure in North America, with more than 6,000 employees.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • SOLUTION
  • As part of the upgrade, GE's OpFlex AutoTune DX and OpFlex Cold Day Performance were installed to obtain even more performance from the hardware, and to ensure robust turbine operation and emissions compliance at the increased output levels even as weather and fuel supplies vary. Software Components - OpFlex AutoTune DX - OpFlex Cold Day Performance

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Emissions Rate, Energy Cost Per Unit, Energy Production, Operating Cost, Weather
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Financial Growth - Revenue]
    New revenue opportunities for Ravenswood in bidding into the area's power market.
    Impact #2
    [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
    The amount of energy used in production processes can be lowered and made more efficient.
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    TransCanada projected efficiencies from the engagement with GE would total approximately $900K in annual fuel cost savings or 223,440 decatherms of fuel for the company.

    Benefit #2

    There was a 10% increase in output capacity and 2% increase in fuel efficiency in Mackay River area.

    Benefit #3

    There was a 5% increase in output capacity and 1% increase in fuel efficiency in Ravenwood area.

  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization (PCO)
    Process Control and Optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints.The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations.Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance:- Equipment optimizationThe first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks.- Operating proceduresOperating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual.- Control optimizationIn a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
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