Posts Tagged ‘distributed control system’

Real-Time Microgrid Control and Optimization at The University of Texas

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Power Generation on Friday, April 6th, 2018. No comments yet
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At my alma mater, The University of Texas, here in Austin, Texas, is the Carl J. Eckhardt Combined Heating and Power (CHP) Complex. It is often described: …as the largest and most integrated microgrid in the U.S…. [It] is capable of generating 135 MW (megawatt) power (63 MW peak) and 1.2 million lb/hr (pounds per […]

Lessons from Fast Track Gas Turbine Generators Control System Retrofit Project

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Power Generation on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. No comments yet
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Earlier this week, we shared how integrated control systems connected with turbine generators and other associated process areas, can improve overall efficiency and reliability for electrical power producers. Continuing on this theme, a Combined Cycle Journal article, Checklist for success: NV Energy commissions seven turbine DCSs in seven weeks, highlighted a fast track gas turbine […]

Reducing System Migration Risk for Refinery Blend and Tank Farm Operations

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Downstream Hydrocarbons on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018. No comments yet
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Regulatory bodies across the globe continue to impose stricter specifications for transportation fuels to reduce combustion byproducts. Emerson’s Murali Krishnan and Patrick Truesdale shared a story with me of an Asian refiner who needed to modernize its blend and tank farm operations to meet the sulfur-related regulations and other seasonal volatility specifications. For refiners, blending […]

Planning and Justifying Control System Modernization Projects

Posted in Services, Consulting & Training on Thursday, September 8th, 2016. 2 comments so far
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Author: John Dolenc It is nice to hear from our customers and read in the literature that it has become important to not just replace obsolete control system equipment, but to also provide operational improvement. For the longest time I have been puzzled by the idea of not taking the opportunity to improve process operations […]

Where to Look for Benefits in DCS Modernization Project Justification

Posted in Services, Consulting & Training on Monday, May 16th, 2016. One comment so far
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We’ll continue with our series on getting your brownfield automation project approved. In part one, Front End Planning for Control System Modernization Projects, we explored how changes in the project become more expensive the later in the schedule that they are made. Today we’ll explore the value of modernizing your distributed control system (DCS). Emerson’s […]