And GE’s leading digital capabilities, are paving the way for a new status quo in the hydro market. As energy demand rises, monitoring and diagnostics have become more urgent. Solutions like SMARTGEN which is a fully digital, automated control system for power plants, is making operations easier to manage, saving time and avoiding waste. By connecting a newgeneration Condition Monitoring System (CMS) that remotely collects real-time data, GE is able to provide its customers with up-to-the-minute diagnostics and prognostics on faults in the plant as they occur. The system effectively allows GE to predict turbine maintenance operations, generating huge savings for the plant. Starting with a deep understanding of machine behaviour, GE is generating strings of intelligent, real-time data processing that meets the challenges of the new hydro market where speed, efficiency and optimisation are paramount. Using Big Data and presenting it in a smart, user-friendly way, operators can make the right decisions at the right time – especially in an emergency. This digitised approach to maintenance is faster and more efficient than analysing raw data and complex spectra. Shifting from volume to value, GE’s new-generation CMS, or I-CMS, introduces intelligence into every step of the monitoring and maintenance process, from sensor to engineer. In future, customers will benefit from CMS linking Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED) to an Internet of things (IoT)-compatible monitoring platform, as well as from augmented reality. For some maintenance applications, augmented reality will use the mobility of tablets combined with pervasive data transmitted by wireless network architectures, to further enhance the maintenance process. GE’s digital solutions allow customers to adopt intelligent, adaptive monitoring systems leading to a clear, simple and global vision of asset performance and management.”
Elaborating on the government’s initiatives to prioritise hydro-power development, Power Minister Piyush Goyal recently said that uncertainties in the sector were keeping investors away. He said that a scheme for providing longterm funds to revive stalled hydro-power projects is being worked out and that he will speak to state power ministers (since water is a state-specific subject) on how they could help revive stalled hydro-power projects. He said that the power ministry is also working on a comprehensive policy to encourage hydro-power generation.
Sustainable Solution: India has traditionally been a dominant player in global hydro-power development and is blessed with immense hydro-electric potential. Queried about the increasing pressure to reduce the country’s carbon footprint by harnessing clean energy sources and about how hydro could be of help in view of India’s commitment at Paris to reduce its emissions intensity by 33-35 per cent by 2030, Bruno Godin, Business Leader, Hydro India, GE Renewable Energy, said, “Hydropower’s role in addressing energy security with minimal discharge in environment is based on three elements of sustainability, availability and affordability. Hydro-power plants provide clean power with minimum greenhouse gas emissions. They have a long economic life of over 40 years as compared to 25 years for thermal power units. Also hydro-electricity has the highest efficiency among all power generating processes at 85-90%. It also has the flexibility for a quick start or stop in production which is immensely useful in managing fluctuation in demands. This also helps in reducing dependence on a fossil fuel based energy source to manage fluctuation. With high efficiency in power generation and flexibility to manage fluctuating demand, hydro can play a big role in achieving targets in emission control.”