The Power of PI in Power Plants

The power industry is facing several challenges, including the need to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and meet elevated environmental regulations. With the available workforce decreasing and facilities looking toward digital transformation, investing in a platform capable of facilitating these requirements is almost a necessity. 

As these systems continue to become more and more technical, the need for a real-time data management software platform that can help power plants address these challenges is increasing exponentially. That’s where the AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can come into play.   

Capable of providing a central repository for plant data, enabling operators to monitor and analyze plant performance in real-time, helping influence critical decisions impacting facilities that may need to be made on the fly.  

This information can be used to identify and resolve operational issues, increase efficiency, and optimize plant operations. 

Increased Efficiency:  

With it becoming more difficult than ever to staff positions in this industry and the power plant workforce projected to decline by 10% over the next ten years, increasing and improving efficiency is key in ensuring projected output.  

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can help power plants improve efficiency by providing centralized, real-time insights into plant performance. This information can be used to identify and resolve operational issues, improve process control, and optimize asset utilization. 

Reduced Costs:  

You don’t know what you don’t know. At a glance, you may think everything is performing optimally, but there may be underlying issues that have either begun affecting operations or will begin to in the near future.  

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can help power plants reduce costs by providing insights into plant performance that can be used to identify and eliminate unnecessary expenses.  

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can also help power plants extend the life of their assets by providing insights into asset health and performance. Being able to work proactively by identifying aging components or pieces falling into obsolescence will allow a facility to strategically plan downtime and maintenance to ensure those items can be addressed and upgraded before negatively impacting performance and output.  

Improved Environmental Performance:  

With an increasing focus on environmental awareness and emission control, especially in power generation, it’s critical to ensure facility leadership is taking steps toward adhering to stricter guidelines in measuring and controlling plant emissions. 

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can help power plants improve their environmental performance by providing insights into plant emissions and energy consumption. This information can be used to make the required changes or adjustments to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency. 

Key Features of AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian for Power Plants 

  • Real-time data collection and storage:  AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian collects and stores real-time data from a wide variety of plant sources, including sensors, controllers, and historians. 
  • Data analysis and visualization:  AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian provides a variety of tools for analyzing and visualizing plant data. 
  • Integration with other systems:  AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can integrate with other plant systems, such as SCADA and DCS systems. E Tech Group is an agnostic system integrator that supports multiple SCADA and DCS platforms such as Siemens PCS7, Rockwell PlantPAx, and Emerson DeltaV.  
  • Scalability:  AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian can be scaled to meet the needs of any power plant, from small to large. 

Conclusion 

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian is a powerful real-time data management software platform that can help power plants improve efficiency, reduce costs, and meet stricter environmental regulations.  

AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) Historian is a proven solution that is used by power plants around the world. E Tech Group has certified engineers with vast experience in AVEVA PI (formerly OSI PI) software that can partner with you to help determine the right solution for your facility.