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Cogeneration Plant reduces Shutdowns 90 Percent with PlantPAx Process Automation System

PlantPAX Automation System Rockwell.jpgCase Study: Ripon Cogeneration, which helps supply energy to homes and businesses throughout most of northern and central California, achieved unprecedented plant performance – including a 30 percent reduction in start-up time – by replacing its obsolete distributed control system (DCS) with the PlantPAx process automation system from Rockwell Automation.

With the addition of the new system, Ripon has reduced the number of nuisance trips nearly 90 percent. Multiple fail-safes were hard-coded into the previous DCS, so even small deviations in process variables would trip the entire system offline and force the 50-megawatt-capacity plant to shut down. Operators and technicians at the 25-year-old, gas-fired plant could only react to the safety trips, which occurred as often as three times each day.

“Besides significantly reducing costly shutdowns, the PlantPAx system has helped us comply better with state emissions and other regulations,” said Brett Weber, operations and maintenance manager, Ripon Cogeneration. “That’s because the controls are automated, and operators can easily monitor variables through the PlantPAx dashboards in real time.”

Rockwell Automation power generation engineers collaborated closely with Ripon to align the PlantPAx capabilities with the plant’s specific requirements. The system includes an information-enabled, scalable, multidiscipline control platform that combines process and safety control with communication and state-of-the-art I/O. The system is equipped with 750 I/O points and is able to collect up to 1,000 points of process data. The plant’s old proprietary network was replaced with EtherNet/IP, allowing easy installation of the new system and smooth integration with the existing plant subsystems.

To eliminate the plant’s former error-prone, manual, data-collection process, the PlantPAx system includes data historian software, as well as a visualization, analysis and reporting portal that provides instant insight into production. The PlantPAx system leverages all historical data from the process system and automates daily production reports, allowing plant operators to focus more closely on system operations than on manual reporting.

“The PlantPAx system provides all the core capabilities expected in a world-class DCS – plus the multiple benefits of a single, cohesive, open communication protocol,” said Steve Pulsifer, director, Process Market Development, Rockwell Automation. “By implementing a modern DCS, Ripon Cogeneration now has the flexibility to respond to external pressures, such as regulatory compliance, while increasing efficiencies and productivity across its operation.”


GEOLIDE Wastewater Treatment Complex in Marseille uses DCS CENTUM and Exaquantum

Case Study by Yokogawa: Constructed in 1987, the GEOLIDE wastewater purification plant treats up to 220,000 m3 of wastewater per day (86 million m3 per year) for the city of Marseille (population 1,860,000) and 16 towns in the surrounding area. The plant has been operated since 2001 by Seramm, which is a subsidiary of the French water supply and wastewater treatment company Lyonnaise des Eaux.

Although located in the Marseilles city center, the GEOLIDE wastewater purification plant has minimal impact on the surrounding area as it is built almost entirely underground and releases none of the objectionable odors that are normally associated with facilities of this type. Originally configured to provide just primary water treatment using physical and chemical processes, the GEOLIDE plant was revamped in 2008 to provide advanced biological treatment processes. Water treated by this facility is discharged into the sea, and sludge is transported 6 km to the Cayolle treatment plant.

As part of the revamping process that was completed in 2008, Yokogawa France was asked to upgrade the GEOLIDE plant’s existing Yokogawa CENTUM V production control system (PCS) to the CENTUM CS3000 PCS and to install the Exaquantum plant information management system (PIMS). This work was carried out in collaboration with Veolia Environnment and Suez Environnment.

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Case Study: Modernization of Control Systems makes Shipping Terminal fit for the future

The Marl Chemical Park is a fully integrated site that is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Operated as part of the ChemSite Initiative through a partnership between the public and private sectors, this 650 hectare (6.5 km2) site is home to 30 major chemical companies such as Evonik Industries, Sasol, Rohm and Haas, and Vestolit that operate approximately 100 chemical plants here. Pipelines and rail, road, and water transportation links are used to bring in basic feedstocks such as ethylene and propylene, and a newly upgraded Vestolit chlor-alkali facility produces feedstock for the company’s own vinyl production chain as well as chlorine that is supplied to other users at the site. Altogether, more than 4,000 different types of chemicals are produced at the Marl Chemical Park, ranging from high volume materials such as styrene, polystyrene, 1-buten, acrylic acid, ETBE, and PVC to speciality products like polyamides and polyesters, plasticizers, surfactants, elastomers, and latices.

Each year, a total of 4 million tons of chemicals produced at the site are shipped to customers all over the world, with approximately 400,000 tons going out by rail, 2.4 million tons by road, 900,000 tons by water, and 300,000 tons by pipeline. Overseeing all of these operations is Evonik Site Services, the site operator and service provider. The company employs some 3,400 people who tend to the site’s railway, port, pipeline, storage, and other logistics facilities as well as such mission critical infrastructure as power stations, water treatment facilities, and incinerators.

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Combined Cycle Power Plant automated with PCS, PIMS, PRM, and FOUNDATION™ fieldbus

Case Study: In response to new emissions targets established by the EU in 2008 that call for an up to 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 20% reduction in energy consumption, and the generation of 20% of all power demand from renewable energy sources by 2020, HERA commissioned the construction of a highly efficient combined cycle power plant (CCPP) in Imola, Italy.

Since coming online in 2009, this CCPP has generated a total of 80 MW of electric power for the grid, meeting both baseload and peakload demand. In addition, the power station provides a steady supply of hot water for the local municipality. Powered by methane gas from the national distribution network, this highly efficient power station generates power using two 30 MW gas turbines, two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs), and a 20 MW steam turbine.

To automate all operations at this plant, Yokogawa Italy installed the Yokogawa CENTUM CS3000 production control system (PCS), Exaquantum process information management system (PIMS), and Plant Resource Manager (PRM) asset management package as well as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus enabled transmitters. The PCS is fully integrated with the power station’s gas and steam turbine systems, an emission monitoring system (EMS), and other subsystems.

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Success Story: Solar Supercritical Organic Rankine Cycle Pilot Plant for Power and Industrial Heat

Granite Power is a geothermal company that has developed GRANEX®, a patented direct supercritical fluid heat transfer technology for the efficient, economic, and zero carbon emission generation of electricity from low grade geothermal sources using the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). This technology is typically used with recovered waste heat (RWH), solar-thermal sources, conventional geothermal sources, and engineered geothermal systems to generate electricity.

The construction of a pilot plant to demonstrate the use of the GRANEX technology with a solar parabolic trough linear concentrated receiver system was partially funded through a grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA. Rated at 150 kW thermal, the receiver system consists of six 1,800 mm by 35 m parabolic concentrating troughs. The GRANEX fluid is heated by pumping it directly through the troughs, and without changing states is passed to a turbo generator. Designed in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, this generator spins at speeds of up to 70,000 RPM to produce 30 kW of electrical power for the power grid.

Waste heat is passed through a heat exchanger to heat the water for a local swimming pool, allowing it to stay open for more of the year. During peak solar periods, energy can also be transferred to an insulated oil-filled thermal storage vessel. The energy stored there is sufficient to keep generating power for up to 90 minutes during periods of no sun or after sunset.

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