Using Digital Twins to Better Understand Weather Impacts on Generation Dispatch Decisions

Teamed up with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Turbine Logic published an article titled “Using Digital Twins to Better Understand Weather Impacts on Generation Dispatch Decisions” to Power Engineering.

This article begins by introducing the uncertainty assumptions that largely impact owners and operators of asset generation on their dispatch decisions. These uncertainties are based on estimation of 1) asset performance and 2) various weather impacts on potential output of gas turbines. EPRI has been working with gas turbine owners and operators to develop a solution to improve the ease and efficiency of making dispatch decisions.

To improve gas turbine performance prediction for the modern era, EPRI and Turbine Logic have worked to leverage modern AI toolsets enabling an automated performance model that can accurately capture performance of the simple and combined cycle gas turbines. The physics-informed AI model provides good accuracy, and it is simple to be used by non-experts in engineering and AI.

Variable weather can have the largest impact on predicted performance of generation assets over the day. Having found that the forecast accuracy varies with the time of day and the number of days out from today, EPRI and Turbine Logic team suggest a series of steps to quantify the uncertainty in performance predictions of an asset. The following steps will help to improve modeling capabilities due to inaccurate weather forecasting:

  1. Calculate generic gas turbine trade factors
  2. Record weather forecast uncertainty
  3. Calculate the forecast uncertainty
  4. Calculate impact on performance

The full article can be found in Here.

Big Data Unlocks Potential For “Smart Plants”

Explore how ‘big data’ has developed technology to help build the power plants of tomorrow. This article features the collaborative project among National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Strategic Power Systems Inc., and Turbine Logic supported by US department of Energy through its HPC-4Materials project.

The full article can be found in here.


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Introducing Low-Carbon Resources Initiative(LCRI)

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are together addressing the need to accelerate development and demonstration of low- and zero-carbon energy technologies.

The Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) will focus on large-scale deployment to 2030 and beyond.  Fundamental advances in a variety of low-carbon electric generation technologies and low-carbon chemical energy carriers — such as clean hydrogen, bioenergy, and renewable natural gas — are needed to enable affordable pathways to economy-wide decarbonization.

Mike Howard, CEO of EPRI, emphasizes that in next five years, the LCRI will identify research development and demonstrate technology advancements needed to transition to a deep decarbonized economy. This initiative is designed to inform and guide the energy sector through global collaboration across the energy industries.

The virtual roundtable was held in September 1, 2020.

[Power] Coal-Fired Generation Down 30% in U.S., 8% Worldwide

Analysis from a global energy organization said power generation from coal-fired units fell 8.3% in the first half of 2020, with the world’s coal fleet running at less than half its capacity. The drop for U.S. coal generation was more steep, with the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reporting the output from the nation’s coal units was 30% lower this year compared to the first six months of 2019.

Darrell Proctor, an associate editor for POWER Magazine, explains the global drop in coal consumption was in part due to significantly lower demand for power during the COVID pandamic and increased production of electricity from renewables such as solar and wind.

The full article can be found in here.



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Using AI-Powered Thermal Tagging to Prevent Summer Overheating Outages

Summertime heat is cresting at the same time many economic restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are easing in communities across the United States.  Meanwhile, as extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, much of the country is on alert as forecasters predict severe hurricane, tornado, and wildfire seasons will continue.

Full article from POWER Magazine can be found in here.

Waste-to-Hydrogen Project Set for California

A California company that produces renewable hydrogen has joined with a Louisiana construction group on a project to build a modular waste-to-hydrogen production facility.

Ways2H, based in Long Beach, California, and Ford, Bacon & Davis, a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based engineering, procurement, and construction firm, on June 30 announced a joint effort to design and build a California facility by the end of 2020, “with a pipeline of additional projects to follow in 2021.”

Full article from POWER Magazine can be found in here.

7F Users Group – Virtual Vendor Fair

Turbine Logic is holding a virtual vendor fair as a part of 7F Users Group’s 2020 Digital Conference. The recorded webinar, titled as Eliminating Gas Turbine Unplanned Outages due to Combustion Hardware and Instrumentation Failure, is also available. Please join our virtual vendor fair on June 16 (Tuesday) & 17 (Wednesday) 3PM – 5PM EDT.

Note that you can access the virtual vendor fair by logging in to the forum on the Power Users website.

Link to our virtual booth is:

Link to our recorded webinar only (located in media library on the User forum):

World’s First Integrated Hydrogen Power-to-Power Demonstration Launched

A consortium of European companies, research institutes, and universities have launched the world’s first demonstration of a fully integrated power-to-hydrogen-to-power project, at industrial scale and in a real-world power plant application.

The four-year project to demonstrate HYFLEXPOWER, which has achieved a technology readiness level of 7, will convert a 12-MWe combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Engie Solutions’ Smurfit Kappa pulp-and-paper industrial site in Saillat-sur-Vienne, France, to demonstrate the entire power-to-hydrogen-to-power cycle.

Full article from POWER Magazine can be found in here.