EtaPRO VirtualPlant — Improve Asset Performance

Accurately Predict Best-Achievable Asset Performance With EtaPRO VirtualPlant, the Leading Thermal Performance Management Technology

For over 25 years, energy companies have trusted EtaPRO VirtualPlant to help them maximize profitability at their plants. In over 40 countries, with over 2,000 installed units, EtaPRO VirtualPlant helps plants maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency every day.

EtaPRO VirtualPlant uses plant design information and first engineering principles to predict online and offline target asset performance, as well as forecast plant heat rate and capacity for market participation. It provides real-time performance benchmarks from design and acceptance test data. With EtaPRO VirtualPlant, users can quickly and easily build first principles models of their specific assets that are configured within EtaPRO.

VirtualPlant Benefits

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    ``What-If`` Analyses

    Not only does VirtualPlant provide real-time data, but it can help predict how an asset will react to changes in your facility. As a static simulator, you can create what-if analyses to understand how assets respond to new equipment, temperature change, and other variables. Essentially, VirtualPlant models are an extension of the hardcopy heat balances provided by asset designers; the models are better suited to the everyday needs of the facility owners and operators since they can be adjusted to reflect actual operating conditions.

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    Thermal Audits and Acceptance Testing

    VirtualPlant is great tool used to validate processing data, support equipment testing, and conduct thermal audits.

    During equipment testing, VirtualPlant is used to validate the real-time operating conditions accurately to determine the impact of performance deficiencies.

    GP Strategies conducts thermal audits and it uses VirtualPlant as a tool to help provide a comprehensive, independent assessment of a facility’s generating and processing capability. We start with a VirtualPlant model built specifically for your facility to accurately establish best-achievable performance. We then determine actual performance at full or base load and compare it to the model. Our unique three-step reconciliation process validates the actual heat rate, quantifies the impact of operating and equipment conditions, and allocates capacity and heat rate losses among major plant components.

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    Other VirtualPlant Benefits

    This easy to use system will immediately be part of your asset monitoring routine by both operators and plant managers. Additional EtaPRO VirtualPlant benefits include:

    • State-of-the-art thermodynamic modeling and monitoring technologies
    • Productivity optimization
    • Profitability improvement
    • Increased efficiencies
    • Improved decision -aking using real-time data
    • Ease of use, including the ability to detect, quantify, alert, log, trend, diagnose, predict, and report plant and asset performance conditions

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