Traditionally, process control/automation and electrical power management have been designed and operated independently throughout the lifecycle of a plant. The historical development of these two domains is understandable: Process control has longer response times (lasting seconds or more), is continuous, and based on a prescribed control strategy for a defined process and plant configuration.
In contrast, electrical automation is generally asynchronous, event-driven, and occurring in the millisecond (ms) time frame. However, an obvious interaction between electrical equipment and process control is seen in generators, pumps, compressors, fans, valve equipment, and process heating equipment.
The confluence of technology development and the constant pressure to reduce CAPEX and OPEX is driving an initiative to rethink the separation between process automation and power management. There is strong evidence that integrating these two domains throughout the lifecycle of a plant, commencing at the plant design phase to the operational phase, will offer dramatic benefits.
This paper sets out seven points of integration between process automation and power management, referred to herein as “value drivers” and based on examples from the EcoStruxure Power and Process approach by Schneider Electric. These value drivers include the following seven strategies which span the lifecycle of the plant asset, from initial design through commissioning and start-up and into operation:
- Integrated asset data intelligence
- Power system optimization
- Unified simulation
- Single project execution
- Power and process systems integration
- Integrated asset management
- Process energy optimization
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