Partnership lays groundwork for digital power plant of the future

Building on its more than three decades of power industry research, Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Hitatchi Power Systems Inc. has announced an expansion of an existing strategic partnership with OSIsoft LLC to spur development of secure power plants in the 21st century.


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Building on its more than three decades of power industry research, Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Hitatchi Power Systems Inc. has announced an expansion of an existing strategic partnership with OSIsoft LLC to spur development of secure power plants in the 21st century.

OSIsoft’s key technology is a sensor-based network that monitors the performance of industrial equipment. It is already used on 19,000 sites across 125 countries, according to a news release.

Under the new collaboration, the PI system will monitor and aggregate data into the cloud from power plants across the globe, for both the devices of both MHPS and other manufacturers.

Rick Inskeep, senior vice president of service at MHPS, said the regulatory landscape and competition facing the power plant industry are driving the project.

“Power plant owners have always needed to maximize reliability, an area in which MHPS excels,” he said. “And they increasingly need to adapt during the lifecycle of a power plant to shifting grid and generation mix requirements, while optimizing operations, flexibility, maintenance cycles and environmental performance tradeoffs.”

The two firms first collaborated in 2004, when MHPS first installed OSIsoft’s sensors at its remote monitoring diagnostic center in Orlando.

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