Case Study

EtaPRO™ – The Performance and Condition Monitoring System

A Case Study in how KCP&L is Meeting its Commitment to Reduce Carbon Emissions

When Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) committed to reducing emissions and improving efficiencies, they began evaluating additional carbon reduction efforts on their existing generating fleet through efficiency improvement projects.

After evaluating several other technologies, KCP&L chose to apply GP Strategies’ EtaPRO™ Performance & Condition Monitoring System across their generating fleet.

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The GP Strategies Solution

GP Strategies’ EtaPRO™ and VirtualPlant performance technologies were installed to help quantify and track the resulting performance gains.

With EtaPRO™, KCP&L can conduct real-time gap analyses to identify performance deviations that contribute to lost capacity, increased carbon emissions, and increased fuel consumption, providing realistic operational and heat rate targets that are achievable through operational changes and routine maintenance. Staff are also able to validate the results by running EtaPRO™ reports and comparing them to a separate report created by the Fuels Department.

In addition, KCP&L’s Performance Teams are able to investigate operational and equipment changes by using EtaPRO’s™ VirtualPlant models to quantify resulting changes in capacity and heat rate. When an operating change or maintenance action is taken, plant personnel trend key performance indicators in EtaPRO™ to verify actual improvements.

The Outcome

Based upon the early success at Hawthorn and KCP&L’s CO2 initiative, the company made a decision to accelerate implementation of EtaPRO™ to its remaining fleet of six coal and combined cycle plants.

KCP&L is targeting heat rate improvement at its coal units as one of the principal methods to meet its commitment to reduce carbon emissions. The Hawthorn Generating Station alone is on track for a heat rate record of 9,900 Btu/kWhr, and the coal fleet is currently on target to achieve a year-over-year heat rate improvement.

Attesting to the success of the partnership, a principal performance engineer at KCP&L stated, “Ultimately, plant personnel desire the best unit performance and the necessary tools to make this happen. EtaPRO™ in an important tool in this effort.”

Results at a glance
Based upon the early success at Hawthorn and KCP&L’s CO2 initiative, the company made a decision to accelerate implementation of EtaPRO to its remaining fleet of six coal and combined cycle plants.

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