SyncPower® is a software set for the energy industry which includes ready-made modules and underlying calculation, reporting and visualization tools shared by the modules.

SyncPower® frees personnel from routine tasks and produces computing results and reports for use by plant management, authorities and stakeholders. Energy production and use can be easily controlled using the most economical forms of production and consumption.
SyncPower® has interfaces for data transfer from automation and other systems and external stakeholders.

Key solutions for energy-sector SyncPower® PLANT for power plants and SyncPower® EMS for industries and energy companies are based on the same basic software.

 

 

 

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Power plant energy efficiency

 

SyncPower® PLANT has a number of modules to manage power plant energy efficiency which help to improve power plant's production productivity and to reducing emissions.

SyncPower® PLANT can be used to combine data from different automation, process information, weighing and laboratory systems using versatile system interfaces. If necessary, data collection can be arranged with SyncIoT Edge data collection units directly from external measurement points, e.g. from district heating centers.

Operational control and efficiency optimization

At the commissioning of the operational control module, upper and lower limits are defined for power plant specific critical performance parameters. The limits typically change according to external conditions. The definition is done by statistically modeling the plant's best operational situations based on measurement data from previous production periods.

The operational limits and the process data are displayed in simple graphical trends and other visualizations. Operators keep the process in this optimal area. The modeling of operational control is based on process sub-balances. Top-level balances are boiler efficiency and power-to-heat ratio or specific heat consumption.

Operational efficiency deviations generate automatic alarms which are distributed using various methods for operators and managers. Real-time graphical operational control supports the user, enabling the best plant operation, consistently high efficiency and thus better operating economy. Operational control compares the change in operational situation to the optimal state. When focusing on the change, a significant part of the limited measurement accuracy and slow drift of the measurement devices can be eliminated.

  • A visual tool for the planning and optimization of power plant operation.
  • Monthly and annual reports. Products sold and purchased.
  • For balance sheet calculations and monitoring of disruptions. Mass and energy balances, operating economy, alarms.

Thermal balance monitoring

The thermal balance monitoring module resolves the balance differences of steam manifolds, eliminating the resulting billing problems.

Problem

Produced & purchased vs. consumed & sold differ.

What is the result?

Inefficiency in the production process. Unwanted costs. Problems to external billing. Extra work. Wrong conclusions and actions. Significant loss of income.

Solution

SyncPower thermal balance monitoring

 

Thermal balance monitoring is also known as steam manifold balance monitoring. When measuring the mass and energy flows of steam manifolds, it can often be seen that the energy produced and bought vs. consumed and sold differ. At worst, the difference in measurements causes uncertainty and problems in customer invoicing, which can result in loss of revenue. In any case, it results in inefficiencies in the production process, extra work, wrong conclusions, and other hidden costs.

With SyncPower® PLANT thermal balance monitoring, the mass and energy balances of steam manifolds at different pressure levels can be monitored continuously. SyncPower® monitors incoming and outgoing mass and energy flow amounts and balance differences. Measurements related to balance calculations and billing are constantly monitored. SyncPower® detects missing values, freezing and error readings of measurement data, creep of temperature measurements and enthalpy phase errors. The user of the thermal balance module has a visual graphical dashboard. Deviations generate alarms, which are sent e.g. via email, SMS, or to an alarm report of the module.

SyncPower® supports minimizing errors by reducing balance differences between incoming and outgoing flows and energies, reporting missing or low-quality measurements, and helping to identify measuring devices that need tuning. SyncPower® facilitates and increases confidence in energy billing.

Production planning

(district heating and / or process steam)

In energy production, the optimization of an individual sub-process is rarely the best situation from the perspective of the entire production chain. A common understanding of the situation can be achieved when different parties receive information about each other's activities and plans.

In the case of district heating, the demand for district heating is determined by external conditions, such as temperature and wind, calendar and time. SyncPower® calculates the forecast of steam consumption from the factors influencing demand and changes it as conditions change.

Once the forecast for steam consumption is known, the plant can plan the driving modes and selection of fuel optimally and prepare for - or, best of all - avoid possible boiler starts.

Forecasting electricity generation

Forecasting electricity production and consumption is important for industrial plants that utilize different electricity marketplaces.

SyncPower® helps predict electricity production by providing the most accurate forecast of steam consumption and electricity production for the next few hours and the next days. The forecast adapts flexibly to changes. Variables can include changes in factory production plans and weather forecasts, equipment failures at power plant or factory, or even a significant change in weather phenomena in the next few hours. The changes in variables affect directly the forecasts and the changes can be sent automatically to different stakeholders, so that in exceptional cases, attention can be focused on those items which need immediate action.

 

 

battery_solar_panels_windmills_4x3Solutions for renewable energy production 

Solar and wind energy as well as batteries and other energy storage solutions are changing the energy market and energy production processes. Behind this development is the drive to keep the electricity grid stable in rapidly changing conditions. Several marketplaces exist. SyncPower is made for this environment.

Functionality matching your needs

Our solutions for renewable energy production take into account the reporting and control needs, as well as issues related to the invoicing of the produced energy and the settlement of production fees. Participation in the marketplaces has been made easy.

Forecasting as a basis for market participation

The total cost of production is minimized by controlling production based on predicted demand. Error-prone manual work is minimized in production reporting. It replaces spreadsheet applications, which are often person-dependent and complicated.

SEAM Group - a subsidiary of Syncron Tech - offers intelligent solutions for intelligent solar, wind and storage using Syncron Tech products.

 

 

EMS-electrical_grid_lines_4x3Energy management

SyncPower® EMS (Energy Management System) has been developed for the needs of energy-intensive industries. SyncPower® EMS minimizes energy costs per production unit.

The use of steam and, for example, natural gas is optimized alongside the use of electricity. Energy (steam and electricity) can be purchased entirely externally or produced in part or entirely at own power plants.

SyncPower® EMS has proven to be particularly useful in heavy process industries such as the forest, chemical and steel industries. The required EMS functions vary widely between industries and companies, depending on the production technologies used and how the energy procurement and production responsibilities are divided within the company.

SyncPower® EMS can handle all the cases mentioned above. The solution can be complemented by SyncPower® operation management functionality for planning, managing, controlling and reporting on the power plant production processes.

Features

  • Forecasting the use of electricity and natural gas, and short-term procurement planning (Spot and Elbas, day-ahead and intra-day)
  • Real-time monitoring of electricity supply and balance management
  • Balance sheet for electricity and natural gas usage
  • Intra-group invoicing for electricity and natural gas usage
  • Invoicing for electricity transmission in a Group-owned regional network
  • Use and billing of emergency reserves
  • Interfaces with other systems (internal and external)
  • Visualization of planning and monitoring with graphical operating screens

Advantages

  • Improved accuracy of electricity consumption/production forecasts.
  • Creating and maintaining forecasts is easy.
  • Minimizes the cost of balancing electricity due to forecast errors and unexpected operational disruptions.
  • Minimizes the total cost of electricity usage by controlling the timing of consumption and potential production.
  • Provides information for managing energy consumption or production emergencies and provides tools to respond correctly.
  • Reduces error-prone manual work in energy management and reporting.
  • Reduces person-dependency and eliminates the need to maintain complex spreadsheet applications.

 

 

morning_meeting_at_factoryDay-to-day management modules

Our day-to-day management tools include Site-view Production Information Screens and the electronic Diary.

DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT MODULES

Success stories

Our solutions adapt well to various industries' and energy sector's needs.

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