Case Study: MonitorPro
MonitorPro is a professional environmental and sustainability information management solution, particularly
suited for industries related to smart energy and the utilities sector. Discover how MonitorPro integrates with big data to provide automated reports, increasing efficiency and productivity.
View of Medway Power Station.
SSE is a UK-listed energy company with operations and investments across the UK and Ireland. It is primarily a developer (which includes being a builder), an operator and an owner of low-carbon energy assets and businesses, with a strategic focus on regulated electricity networks and renewable energy. More broadly, SSE is involved in the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity and the production, storage, distribution and supply of gas.
About Medway Power Station
Medway power station was commissioned in 1995, originally as a joint venture, SSE (then Southern Electric) being one of four owners. In October 2003, SSE took full ownership of the site. In light of challenging market conditions for gas-fired generation, SSE has undertaken a comprehensive program of upgrade works at Medway power station. The works have included upgrades to gas turbines, steam turbines, boilers, and process control systems and have been designed to increase the flexibility and efficiency of the plants. The work to upgrade Medway power station is fully complete and it is now able to operate at higher efficiency with the increased flexibility necessary to satisfy the trading requirements of the local transmission system.
Medway Power Station approached EHS Data in 2014 to provide a solution to aid the management of their demanding environmental regulations. A full data integration was established by the EHS Data team which works to continually extract data from a number of data sources via the sites OSIsoft PI system.
Automatic Quality Control & Early Warning System
EHS Data worked closely with the operations team at Medway to understand their specific needs for their environmental data management requirements. An initial scoping exercise highlighted that integration between Medway’s OSIsoft PI historian and MonitorPro would need to be established. PI receives and stores data from the power stations comprehensive array of instruments in real-time. Each dataset is stored against a ‘Tag’ which enables users to differentiate and locate the correct data. An example of one Tag Code could be ‘pH in the cooling tower at 30-minute intervals’.
PI is a powerful tool but lacks the data validation, intepolation and reporting strengths of MonitorPro.
MonitorPro was implemented to work in tandem with PI and the other data capture systems utilized at Medway to improve visibility of the data to the end-users, aid reporting and notifications of exceptions in data capture.
The figure illustrates the complex architecture of data management at a facility like Medway. MonitorPro is accessible at the Client Apps user interface level and is used as a tool for data management, reporting and trend analysis. The integrated system now automatically collects, validates and interprets upwards of thousands of individual data points captured from PI on a daily basis.
The installation of MonitorPro has allowed Medway power station to become much more efficient and accountable for their environmental needs whilst allowing key members of staff more time to address the important challenges.
The implementation of MonitorPro at Medway has allowed for:
- Integration of PI to MonitorPro via the use of the MonitorPro Tag Importer, with customisable & adaptable data capture periods.
- Re-creation of user specific, log sheets providing instantaneous reporting for internal and monitoring purposes, sent direct to e-mail list.
- Configuration of complex calculations providing instantaneous values for gas usage, CO2 emissions as the raw data is captured in real-time.
- Full integration to MonitorPro allowing the end-user to download graphical output and view quick summaries of gas usage and carbon emissions.
- Set-up of immediate internal warning systems that highlight faulty sensors and loss of data capture.
- Capabilities for the operations team to instantly view and analyse real-time data direct from the source, allowing for greater efficiency and reducing risk to the local environment.
MonitorPro will continue to be developed to complete a number of calculations and additional reporting requirements currently undertaken in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.