GADS Training for Conventional Generators

by ronfluegge 4. April 2016 14:15

Meeting Announcement
Generating Availability Data Systems Training for Conventional Generators
April 26, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET
April 27, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – Noon ET

NERC Headquarters
Click here for directions and hotel information

Click here for:  Registration

Registration is limited to 50 people
Registration requested by COB Monday, April 18

Training topics

  • Welcome and Intro
  • GADS – The Big Picture 
  •  How GADS data is used
  • Training slides on events and performance
  • Combined cycle component vs. block reporting
  • Case for event reviews
  • Review of cause codes
  • Examples of poorly reported events to NERC
  • OATI System
  • Wind – coming soon
  • GADS resources on NERC website

Note: An additional GADS training is planned for June 28-29, 2016 at the WECC Offices in Salt Lake City, UT

For more information or assistance, please contact Donna Pratt via email or at 404-446-9789.


32-bit and 64-bit Windows

by ronfluegge 31. March 2016 15:21

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.

Which version of Windows should I install: the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version?

To install a 64-bit version of Windows, you need a CPU that's capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows. The benefits of using a 64-bit operating system are most apparent when you have a large amount of random access memory (RAM) installed on your computer, typically 4 GB of RAM or more.

In such cases, because a 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory more efficiently than a 32-bit operating system, a 64-bit system can be more responsive when running several programs at the same time and switching between them frequently.



Operations Optimization for Power

by ronfluegge 20. January 2016 12:58

GE’s solution to providing KPI visibility and drive improvement is Operations Optimization (OO). Within Operations Optimization is a cloud-based suite that provides KPI-focused analytics to multiple levels of the organization. OO provides the single source of truth, built on credible data, as well as actionable recommendations.

Operations Optimization helps organizations deliver enterprise data visibility across power plant and fleet-wide footprints, providing a holistic understanding of the operational decisions that can expand capabilities, lower production costs, and improve reliability. It empowers operators and plant managers with KPI driven insights to raise operating efficiencies across an entire fleet or wind farm.

OO helps organizations determine which levers to pull to reinvent their existing plants, and optimizes the impacts to their various KPIs – primarily helping operators:

  • Raise efficiency by analyzing output and heat rate KPIs
  • Enhance system flexibility by providing insights around turndown percentage, ramp rate, start up time, and Area Regulation Performance (ARP)
  • Increase availability, such as commercial availability, Equivalent Availability Factor (EAF), and Equivalent Forced Outage Rate (EFOR)

OO provides value through these analytics in 3 ways:

  • Visibility tells the user where they are in terms of the asset status, its comparison against the past or the fleet, or where it could be in the future with both historical performance trends and future projections.
  • Insights are what is driving that status – they help find the root causes through system and plant-level diagnostic tools.
  • Actions are the specific changes that can be made and the impact they can have on that specific KPI.
The GADS Open Source software version and later supports GE's Operations Optimization by allowing generating companies to collect, calculate and upload to GE the data they need.

Click the links for more details:   GE Operations Optimization 

GE Operations Optimization Brochure-Final.pdf (433.62 kb)

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