Engineers implement the program through a series of steps that begin with the generation of a plant test plan, move through data collection, model development, installation, and DCS integration, and conclude with operation and customer acceptance. The software resides on a desktop personal computer or can be installed on a Sun Microsystems workstation.
Modules in this suite use knowledge-based software tools to enhance power generation. These modules function in a fully automated "optimizer" mode, sending optimum setpoints and biases directly to the existing DCS in a continually adapting closed-loop system. Modules may optionally operate in an open-loop "advisory" mode. Available modules include:
Boiler Efficiency Optimizer
Economic Dispatch Optimizer
Low NOx Optimizer
Steam Temperature Optimizer
Global Performance Advisor
Westinghouse Process Control, Inc., 200 Beta Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. Tel: 412-963-4000; Fax: 412-963-3644.