Hardware, Software, Data: The Fuel to Turbocharge Gas Turbine Performance

Hardware, Software, Data: The Fuel to Turbocharge Gas Turbine Performance
December 22, 2014 at 01:12pm

In the past, we have talked about “gremlins” being responsible for the unexplained breakdowns, malfunctions or reduced performance of our machines and equipment. The term gives form and name to the mystery of what happens deep inside our complex machines, such that no matter how well we maintain and treat the equipment, it still fails when it shouldn’t.

But now, by harnessing the power of the Industrial Internet, we can shine a light into even the smallest, hardest to reach corners of our machines, and put an end to gremlins and the lost productivity, efficiency and revenue that they cause.

This is particularly the case with complex, high-performing, power generating gas turbines.

With the Industrial Internet, these complex turbines can be interlinked into a network of sensors, controls and software to collect all types of data related to temperature, pressure, vibration, noise, etc. This data is then analyzed using algorithms to give asset operators dynamic information to allow them to adjust operations in real time and better plan required maintenance.

The power of these analytics is magnified because GE collects 30,000 hours of data daily from the largest fleet of gas turbines in the world. This data is fed into every-evolving software solutions that combined with targeted hardware upgrades offer big benefits to turbine operators.

For these operators, benefits include a big drop in unscheduled downtime, reduced maintenance, lower fuel costs, lower risks, extended asset life and optimized performance.

Whether you’re facility operates GE’s B-class, E-class or F-class turbines, GE has a solution powered by the Industrial Internet to help you extend the life and enhance the performance of your turbine.

The Power LifeMax portfolio delivers a blended suite of hardware and software solutions that help reset the clock on aging B- and E-class turbines by recapturing lost performance and lengthening asset life. GE’s FlexEfficiency Advantage portfolio delivers a blended suite of hardware and software solutions that helps operators unleash the full performance and long-term value of their existing GE F-Class turbines.

The benefits add up to millions of dollars in cost savings and additional revenue, with GE estimating that a 1% improvement in gas fuel efficiency could save the power sector $66 billion over 15 years. Explore more how your industrial operation or power plant can benefit from these solutions, which GE calls Predictivity.

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