Wednesday 4 November 2020

Schneider Electric achieves 10% Process Energy usage improvement by unifying Power and Process at world’s most energy intensive sites

Schneider Electric achieves 10% Process Energy usage improvement by unifying Power and Process at world’s most energy intensive sites

Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched EcoStruxure™ Power and Process to unify engineering design, operations, maintenance and optimise enterprise-wide decision making. Developed in partnership with AVEVA and already implemented at several energy-intensive production sites globally, EcoStruxure™ Power and Process allows a medium to large oil refinery producing 450,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) to attain 10% process energy usage improvement, reducing CO2 output by 567,000 metric tons and saving US$210 million a year. 

The introduction of EcoStruxure™ Power and Process enables companies to break down the traditional barriers between power systems and process control systems and enter a new era of digital efficiency. Based on the vendor-agnostic principles of universal automation, this solution connects all assets at every level, across the full lifecycle and the entire supply chain. This enables plant and enterprise-wide data analysis to drive resilient operations and optimise energy usage for the most profitable operation.

Businesses implementing EcoStruxure™ Power and Process can expect:

  1. Electrical, Instrumentation and Control (EI&C) CapEx reduction of up to 20%
  2. Uptime improvement by 3%
  3. Unplanned downtime reduction by 15%
  4. Process Energy usage improvement by 10%

EcoStruxure™ Power and Process: Providing visibility to remove complexity

In recent years, the immense complexity of disparate systems has made project execution and subsequent operations increasingly challenging. Despite advances in automation, machine learning, and analytics, 30% of project implementation and maintenance costs come from a lack of efficiency and operational visibility. Siloed engineers and programmers are required to separately build up and maintain operations. Project teams are isolated from operational decision making. Bringing these disciplines together under a design to operate philosophy is a key step in reducing future maintenance costs, right from the start of facility engineering. As maintenance improves, operational resiliency is solidified, and process energy improvements can be realised throughout the operation of an asset.

By achieving complete visibility and connectivity, businesses can, for the first time, gain full situational awareness and build operational resilience across its sites and production facilities, improve profitability at every level, from planning and installation, through to energy use and carbon emissions.

“The siloed nature of industrial operations is crippling performance,” said Peter Herweck, Executive Vice President of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric. “Our vision is a completely unified architecture, across every site and the entire supply chain. EcoStruxure™ Power and Process is another step in the journey toward complete unification, providing unparalleled access and insight to users. To drive industry development, businesses with locked-in industrial equipment and systems solutions can benefit from the solution equally. Combined with universal automation, it has the potential to drive profitability and sustainability at every operational level and empower managers to make the best possible decisions. In pilot projects, our customers were able to achieve 20% E&IC CapEx reduction with payback in 12 months.”

The new era of holistic management

Power management systems provide vital information on the flow of power in an electrical generation or power plant, improving overall power efficiency. Process management systems enable managers to plan and monitor the performance of operations within an industrial or business environment. For decades, these two systems have worked independently, stunting innovation and efficiency.

The convergence of power and process management systems moves industry into the holistic management age and provides instant and dramatic benefits.

“The industrial world has been too slow to digitise. Despite the prevalence of new, cutting-edge technology with huge potential, industry is still largely dependent on human interaction,” said Chris Dartnell, President of the Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals Business, Schneider Electric. “We now have the ability to unlock that potential and move to a fully automated, fully digital means of industrial operation and communication. The potential of EcoStruxure™ Power and Process to drive production efficiency is unparalleled. Implementing the technology across an entire ecosystem will drive profitability and sustainability at every level, both locally and globally. Connectivity and visibility can no longer be sidelined. We must embrace the new era of open, universal integration to create to new efficiencies and new innovations.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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