MHI subsidiary Mitsubishi Power is introducing a global network of Tomoni Hubs that use artificial intelligence to provide real-time, cyber-secure interactive support of plant operation and maintenance decision-making. They include connected software, hardware and services that provide pre-warning of impending issues or needed corrective action to avoid unit trips or load reductions, and eliminate energy efficiency losses.
The global network includes Hubs in Takasago and Nagasaki, Japan; Orlando, Florida, United States; and Alabang, Philippines, with a fifth Hub to be commissioned in Duisburg, Germany in the third quarter of 2021. Each HUB accesses cybersecure cloud-based analytics and uses distributed knowledge databases that incorporate knowledge gained from Mitsubishi Power experience globally.
The Hubs can support all types of energy systems, including steam power plants and gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) plants, as well as renewable power plants, distributed generation, emerging smart energy systems, and all-duration energy storage.
The Intermountain Power Project’s planned 840 MW plant, which will be an early adopter of green hydrogen technology, is to be a user of the Hub, and expects the plant to be the most resilient plant in the Americas when it comes online, in particular in its reaction to O&M issues and challenges such as weather extremes and operational flexibility.
Mitsubishi claims that power plants using Tomoni solutions on average have 2-4 fewer days of unplanned downtime and 3-4 fewer days of planned downtime per year than similar unconnected plants.
Much of the Tomoni technology was validated at Mitsubishi’s T-Point 2 power plant, said to be the ‘smartest power plant in the world’, which is currently being operated remotely from the Takasago Hub.”