When it comes to setting efficiency records in the power generation industry, leading utilities and their equipment partners turn to FOUNDATION Fieldbus. The technology enables advanced digital control capabilities that provide fast, accurate data needed to optimize plant operations.
EDF, a major French energy supplier, in cooperation with FieldComm Group member General Electric (GE) Power Generation, recently made history for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant in Bouchain, France. Confirmed via Guinness World Records, the Bouchain plant has an efficiency rating of 62.22% and generate more than 605 MW – enough power to supply more than 680,000 homes.
Key to record efficiency at the Bouchain plant was GE’s 9HA gas turbine unit technology, developed and manufactured at the company’s Belfort Gas Turbine Center of Excellence in France. The HA gas turbine delivers enhanced flexibility and is capable of reaching full power in less than 30 minutes. This allows fast response to grid demand fluctuations, as well as integrating renewables to meet industry guidelines for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The control system employs FOUNDATION Fieldbus sensors and valves, which comprise 65 percent of process instrumentation in the plant’s turbine and generator sections, and 95 percent of field devices in its combined cycle and balance-of-plant sections. These devices provide an enhanced picture of process parameters that enable an assessment of plant readiness that is impossible to achieve with conventional instruments. These digital devices are seamlessly and securely connected to cloud-based analytic and monitoring services, bringing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to life.
To learn more about the Guinness World Record system, please read the full story here: https://www.controlglobal.com/industrynews/2017/foundation-fieldbus-contributes-to-record-breaking-power-plant-efficiency/