Advantages of an open Turbine Control System

 

Integrating Non-OEM Controls
with Pratt & Whitney FT8 Turbines



 

 

 

 

There are several hundred peaking power plants in the US equipped with Pratt & Whitney FT8 turbines. Operators of these plants face an aggravating inability to diagnose and correct system issues due to the tightly closed architecture of the original control system. Facility owners have long been interested in a more-open system that would enable them to view live system data and quickly respond to process issues.

For the first time, FT8 owners can see live data flowing across the logic and use it to make faster, better-informed decisions regarding turbine operations. For utilities and Independent Power Providers, the greater reliability and availability enabled by open control system architecture equates directly to greater profitability. FT8 turbine operators can benefit greatly by considering the many advantages of relying on a third-party open control system.

 

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