GE Power has signed a new agreement with Japanese trading company and power producer Marubeni to install GE Predix-based digital power plant solutions at its 100MW Nakasode Clean Power Plant in the country.
Located in Sodegaura-city, Japan, the Nakasode Clean Power Plant is a combined-cycle facility fuelled by natural gas.
Under the deal, GE Power will deploy its asset performance management and operations optimisation software for predictive maintenance and operational efficiency on two units of LM6000 PD gas turbine, steam turbine, and balance of plant (BoP).
GE Power's Japan president Wataru Horie said: “We are honoured that our digital power plant solutions were selected by Marubeni.
“Marubeni plays a significant role in power generation globally and we believe our digital technologies can help strengthen their competitiveness as a power producer to deliver electricity more efficiently to its customers.”
With the integration of GE Power’s Predix-based digital solutions, Marubeni will be able to enhance the operational efficiency of its Nakasode gas thermal power facility.
While installation is expected to begin this month, it will become completely operational in March next year.
Marubeni managing executive officer Hirohisa Miyata said: “We are considering applying these internet of things (IoT) technologies across our entire electric power business for power generation and retail business owned by Marubeni in England, Japan and Asian countries.
“By applying IoT technologies, we hope to achieve more efficient power generation, procurement of electricity, and revenue improvements in the future.”
In addition, GE will collaborate with Marubeni to help enhance the profitability of its business by deploying GE’s business optimisation (BO) software solutions worldwide.
Image: Nakasode Clean Power Plant in Japan. Photo: courtesy of GE.