GE Renewable Energy and Fortum Sverige AB. sign Digital Hydro pilot agreement

  • First large scale pilot for GE Renewable Energy’s Digital Hydro Plant
  • Agreement includes four different power plants based in Sweden and Finland
  • Marks fourth APM Edge Analytics (“iCMS”) pilot to be installed

Paris, 3 July 2017 – GE Renewable Energy announced today it has signed an agreement with the Nordic energy company Fortum for a large scale digital pilot based on GE Predix* Solutions.

GE’s APM Edge Analytics – also known as iCMS – will be installed on one unit of the 127 MW Höljes hydropower station in Sweden. The intelligent condition monitoring system will be commissioned along with a Human to Machine interface that will enable Fortum to view sensors’ data in real time. Edge Analytics can record up to 2 terabytes of data each month and ensure 1% of additional availability for the unit.

As part of the same agreement, the Sweden-based Höljes, Trängslet and Krangede stations as well as the Finland-based Imatra hydropower station will be equipped with Asset Performance Management modules called “Machine & Equipment health” and “Remote Diagnostics Services” for a duration of six months. These modules will be installed on one unit at each power plant.

During the test phase, operators will be able to view dashboards that display Key Performance Indicators for each unit equipped. The remote Diagnostics Services module will ensure cloud data connection and cloud storage through Predix*. GE Renewable Energy experts will accompany Fortum by providing assistance and recommendations for required maintenance decisions.

Sanjeev Addala, GE Renewable Energy Chief Digital Officer added, “It is a great step forward to partner with Fortum. Our teams have been working together for the past several months to identify new ways to enhance the availability and business outcomes of these plants. With APM Edge Analytics we capture key asset & operational data to gain improved visibility, and actionable insights, laying the foundation for strong execution.”

Per Edoff, Fortum Chief Digital Officer said: “Digitalization enables us to operate and maintain our production units more efficiently. Within the Nordic energy system, hydro power is essential and with increasing shares of volatile wind power production its importance will increase even more. It’s then crucial to minimize downtime connected to maintenance and we expect that this pilot will give us a tool necessary to accomplish that.”

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About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company. Our goal is to demonstrate to the rest of the world that nobody should ever have to choose between affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy.
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About Fortum
Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. We employ some 8,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free. In 2016, our sales were EUR 3.6 billion. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
www.fortum.com