GE Renewable Energy has announced it has signed a three-year agreement with Enel Green Power (EGP) to provide predictive Operation and Maintenance (O&M) capabilities to the group's hydro plants in Spain with a total capacity of up to 3.2 GW.
Courtesy of Enel Green Power
The services will be provided through a combination of digital tools and consultative services and builds on a long-standing relationship between the two companies.
The project will start by evaluating the data coming from existing control and monitoring equipment, then it will collect data from individual plants gathering them in a centralised data lake. From there, data is continuously captured and analysed with APM (Asset Performance Management) software. Predictive analytics from GE APM are gathered and combined with extensive real-world experience from the operation of hydro plants. GE's Hydro specialists will be supporting EGP in data analysis to make informed recommendations on areas for performance improvement and enhancement.
“The Hydropower industry is shifting dramatically to a much more dynamic and data intensive approach to plant management” said Pascal Radue, CEO of GE's Hydro Solutions. “EGP is ahead of the industry in seeing the potential to improve O&M by harnessing data across a hydro plant in order to optimize OPEX, enhance plant efficiency and avoid failures.”
This new contract highlights the growing development of GE Renewable Energy in the digital hydropower space. Today, more than 90 hydropower plants generating more than 30 GW are globally under management by GE's APM solutions.