Smart Wireless technology from Emerson improves visibility at biomass power plant
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Smart Wireless technology
Emerson Process Management’s Smart Wireless technology is enabling Enomondo — a partnership between Caviro Distillerie and Herambiente — to improve visibility into processes at its biomass power plant in Faenza, Italy.
The 13.7MW power generation plant, which is located at the Caviro Distillerie wine and denatured alcohol facility, uses 140,000 metric tonnes per year of by-products from the alcohol production process to produce power for 29,000 neighbouring households. This use of alternative fuels helps to reduce Italy’s power-generation CO2 emissions by 35,500 tonnes a year.
To increase the efficiency and capacity of the Faenza plant, Enomondo installed a new boiler, which created the need for new instrumentation for monitoring temperature and pressure.
To meet this need, the company chose Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology. A total of 22 Smart Wireless transmitters, including Rosemount 3051S pressure and 648 temperature transmitters, transmit measurement data via a wireless gateway into the existing Emerson DeltaV digital automation system, giving operators greater visibility into the process so that they can make adjustments to increase efficiency.
Key benefits of product application
- Wireless technology has enabled additional measurement devices to be installed quickly and easily at the plant, helping to optimise process control and contributing to an estimated five per cent increase in overall operational efficiency.
- The availability of diagnostic data has improved predictive maintenance procedures.
- Enomondo has been able to increase operational efficiency and improve output.
- Installation, maintenance and operating costs have been reduced.
- Installation of the Smart Wireless technology was said to be very easy and required no external engineering capability.
- As the wireless instruments required no cabling or cable ducts, infrastructure costs were around 30 per cent lower than a wired alternative; layout and wiring costs were halved, while installation and instrumentation control costs were reduced by 40 per cent.
- Using the existing DeltaV system and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software to receive, store and analyse device data, Enomondo has been able to use the wireless technology to meet its predictive maintenance requirements.
- The additional continuous data made available by the wireless network enables personnel to identify performance degradation trends that signify potential problems and then use this information for better maintenance scheduling, helping to optimise operator efficiency.
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