Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Tata digital power plant combines AI and IoT

Steve Rogerson
December 11, 2018



Tata Consultancy Services' IP2 digital power plant combines AI, IoT and digital twin technologies to support critical power plant assets, enhance reliability, improve flexibility, cut emissions and reduce operating costs.
 
The India-based IT services, consulting and business organisation says the IP2 can help power generating utilities digitally transform their operations and gain a competitive edge in the dynamic power market. It will support critical plant assets for uninterrupted power generation to improve operational efficiency and reduce emissions.
 
"Innovative digital technologies are enabling opportunities to completely transform operations across the power sector," said Regu Ayyaswamy, Tata vice president. "We have uniquely combined utilities' domain requirements with state of the art digital technologies to develop this. IP2 uses data science and physics-based AI and IoT analytical models and frameworks to improve the entire power generation ecosystem, increase sustainability and deliver exponential value and enhanced customer experience."
 
The increasing share of decentralised renewable power generation sources and the fluctuating structural needs of generation, transmission and distribution are creating difficulties for power plants in their price competitiveness, operational flexibility and compliance with tightening emission standards.
 
The intelligent digital system leverages the Business 4.0 framework and artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and digital twin technologies to optimise the performance of power plants that are operating at full and even partial load conditions. Either on the cloud or on-premise, it uses inputs from sensors in utility control systems and proprietary industrial analytics developed by Tata to provide real-time insights on assets such as boilers, turbines and generators, working within the constraints of the existing equipment.
 
These insights should help plant operators predict and pre-empt failures, optimise operations, lower fuel consumption and cut emissions. It can reduce operational and maintenance costs by a claimed two to three per cent. An early version has helped a power plant save upwards of $1.5m per gigawatt per year.
 
"TCS IP2 is an excellent example of how new technologies, like digital twin and AI, can support critical plant assets that now are operated in ways that were never anticipated when these plants and their support systems were designed," said Harry Forbes, research director for Arc Advisory Group.
 
Tata Consultancy Services has more than 411,000 consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US$19.09bn in the fiscal year ended March 2018.