Background and Future Prospects
TOMONI™ is a comprehensive digital solution that aims to make power plants as safe, optimized and efficient as possible while maximizing the profitability of clients' operations and preparing plants for the transition to a decarbonized economy. Here, we look at T-Point 2(*), an essential element in developing the applications for Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (GTCC) plants that gives TOMONI its competitive edge, and in achieving autonomous power plant, the goal of TOMONI.
*T-Point 2 (located at Takasago Works in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan)
T-POINT 2 : ESSENTIAL FOR ENSURING TOMONI'S RELIABILITY
Mitsubishi Power offers superior quality and reliability, both of which are the result of testing performed at the T-Point GTCC verification facility, which operated between 1997 and 2019, and subsequently at T-Point 2, a state-of-the-art power plant that went online in 2020, and an approach of only releasing products on the market once performance has been sufficiently achieved.
Mitsubishi Power is the only one manufacturer in the industry that tests and develops product and solutions at its own grid-connected long-time verification GTCC power plants. TOMONI is no exception—its applications are tested at the T-Point 2. Mitsubishi Power will continue to develop and deploy various applications by combining knowledge and expertise gained while delivering a large number of GTCC power plants with digital solutions.
T-POINT 2 : THE WORLD'S SMARTEST POWER PLANT
DETAILS AND BENEFITS OF THE SOLUTION
TOMONI digital solutions can be broken down into three main categories: O&M optimization, performance improvement, and flexible operation.
TOMONI systems can be customized to work with user's existing platform to provide benefits of O&M Optimization, Performance Improvement and Flexible Operation.
Benefit 1 (O&M optimization)
Realizing an easy, safe, secure, and accident-free operation
- Achieve the world's highest level of reliability by smarter O&M
- Create an environment where anyone from beginner to experienced operators can operate optimally.
Benefit 2 (performance improvement and flexible operation)
Maximizing customer's profitability
- Support intelligent, optimal power generation adapting to power market changes
- Realize optimized performance with variable operation
LEVELS OF AUTONOMY AND ROADMAP FOR TOMONI AUTONOMOUS POWER PLANT
TOMONI applications are categorized into varying levels of autonomy inspired by the levels of vehicle autonomy.
System supports human operation and maintenance by specified operation.
- Development of applications relating to visualization of the operating data, as initial stage of the development.
Partial optimization by using AI, etc.
- Development of applications relating to optimization of performance and maintenance, leveraging Mitsubishi Power's expertise supported by our extensive technology, design and manufacturing knowledge.
Optimize entirely through applications connection using AI, etc.
- Development of applications aiming to achieve autonomous power plant in which the system is linked to multiple applications using AI.
Mitsubishi Power currently develops and offers individual solutions (or "applications").
When the TOMONI program reaches Level 3, AI will enable power plants to make their own decisions through self-learning. Then, once applications are connected, it will become possible to optimize the overall system. It is TOMONI's mission to achieve autonomous power plants, which aim to maximize value for clients by autonomous and optimized operation and maintenance, a reality.
TOWARDS A CARBON NEUTRAL SOCIETY
On this page, we have covered the T-Point 2 verification GTCC power plant that gives TOMONI its competitive edge, and outlined the roadmap for achieving autonomous power plants a reality. Mitsubishi Power will continue to combine knowledge and technology obtained through the development of hardware with digital technology as it actively advances the transition to a carbon-neutral society and develops a range of products that will facilitate this energy transition.
Subsequent articles will cover a range of applications, including those still under development from Level 1 to Level 3. Keep posted for more information on TOMONI digital solutions.