Electric utilities have realized the essence of AI towards improved operational efficiency of the power plants.
FREMONT, CA: With increased competitiveness in power generation, more resources are directed in optimizing plant operation. One of the most powerful tools in this realm is artificial intelligence (AI). Enhanced AI-driven algorithms and analytics capabilities can track the assets and improve power plant operations. Thus, AI can aid utility firms to enhance plant efficiency and balance energy supply and demand.
Electric utilities are increasingly deploying cognitive computing capabilities to analyze and learn from data at a level that is impossible for a human to do. Electric utility plant managers can use such information to eliminate anomalies and manage power plants more effectively. The above approach will enable an AI-based power plant to function better and improve productivity. The efficient operations with the help of AI in the plant will also offset the overhead costs associated with maintenance works.
Boilers deployed in power plants can also significantly benefit from AI incorporation. For instance, many power plant boilers are started and switched off several hundred times in a year resulting in tear of the equipment. AI can forecast the behaviors of the boilers by identifying the inner mechanisms of the system. AI models will also help in demonstrating the complex processes in the boilers that are time-varying. Based on the insights gained from the models, it will be easy for plant managers to understand the impacts of load-following, thereby enabling plants to develop advanced strategies for improved operational flexibility.
Therefore, the power plant integrated with AI will be more efficient and operational. It will process more data and will be more flexible, playing a vital role in the future of the global energy economy.