General Electric (GE) has signed a new agreement with Invenergy to incorporate its Predix-based asset performance management (APM) reliability management software onto 13 GE turbines at six gas-operated thermal plants in the US.

With a total operating capacity of 3,159MW, the power projects will be deployed with GE’s APM solution to assist plant operations and maintenance (O&M) technicians with predicting and diagnosing equipment failures more accurately.

Invenergy's executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Jim Shield said: “Cutting-edge technologies, including advanced digital solutions such as APM and software analytics, give us greater visibility into the performance of our plants at both the asset management and fleet level, while demonstrating real economic value for our plant operations.

“We believe these digital solutions are the key element of our innovation strategy to deliver power more reliably to our customers’ energy needs.”

The APM reliability management software helps predict equipment failures before they occur to avoid costly unplanned outages.

"The average power generation system is unavailable 6% of the time due to unplanned downtime."

GE Power's chief digital officer Ganesh Bell said: “Today, across the US, the average power generation system is unavailable 6% of the time due to unplanned downtime.

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“With GE’s Predix-based APM, we can eliminate in most cases 70% of that unplanned downtime today, and we’re heading rapidly towards 90% coverage.

“This is the type of outcome that dramatically changes the economics of modern power production, something that is all the more important in a rapidly-evolving energy landscape.”

Also, the APM solution enables intelligent asset strategies, which help the gas-operated power plant balance three traditional competing priorities This involves cost reduction, availability and reliability enhancement, and risk management.

The software uses machine data sensors, predictive analytics, and process optimisations to offer Invenergy asset anomaly detection through a unified user experience, providing alerts, alarms, and historical analysis, with visibility into asset performance and health.

Image: Invenergy Spindle Hill Energy Center. Photo: courtesy of Invenergy LLC..