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Uniper Energy Services

Duesseldorf, 
Germany
https://www.uniper.energy/services
  • Booth: 921


Energy Services for a flexible, digital and renewable future

Uniper Energy Services supports you adapting to the market by increasing plant flexibility, enabling digital plant management and optimizing renewable solutions. Independent of OEMs and with 100 years international experience we manage risk, reduce costs and improve your plant operations.

Brands: Flexible operations, digital plant management, on and offshore wind, solar, repowering, through-life services, asset optimization, OEM independence, consultancy, engineering, software, analysis


 Products

  • Plant Flexibility
    We understand the challenges of maintaining profitability and efficiency in a changing market and have first-hand experience to help you achieve more flexible operation outside of your plant’s original design, whilst managing risks and controlling costs....

  • Based on decades of experience as an owner/operator of both gas-fired and coal-fired generation plant, our solutions enable you to meet the challenges of operating power plants flexibly, efficiently and profitably in a rapidly changing energy market.

    We provide comprehensive skills from a single source, leveraging our experience and independence of original equipment and components manufacturers to deliver the best solution for you.

    We take an individual approach to address flexibility issues which will affect your plant on an immediate, mid-term and long-term basis. Our solutions aim to deliver real world value for your business, what would the following benefits be worth for your plant?

    • Reducing start-up times by 20-50%

    • Improving ramp rate and load following by 50%

    • Increasing maximum load by 5-10% Pmax

    • Reducing minimum load by 5-10% Pmax

    • Maximizing commercial benefits

    • Reducing daily maintenance costs by 10-20%

    • Increasing major outage intervals by 20-40%

    • Reducing major component replacement costs by 20-30%

    • Avoiding downtime by gaining early warning of faults

    • Gaining new insights into networks and markets.

    The benefits of our solutions have been demonstrated by our work with clients in many countries.

    For example we improved the flexibility and commercial competitiveness of a CCGT plant by reducing its minimum load by almost 35% without need for hardware investment. Annual operating hours were increased from 2,000 to more than 6,500 hours. To deliver this improvement we combined our independent know-how as a CCGT operator with state-of-the-art process simulation so that critical process issues were identified and addressed at an early stage.

    For a fleet of gas-fired plants we carried out a detailed assessment of how a proposed OEM upgrade, aimed to reduce start-up times by 50%, would impact on the balance of plant. Our studies, which involved working closely with both the OEM and our client’s operations and engineering teams, enabled our client to understand and mitigate risks from the upgrade and to maximize the benefits.

    Our services to a coal-fired plant enabled the introduction of ultra-low-load operation to protect generation revenue in an electricity market where flexibility is a priority. Our studies into the potential impact of ultra-low-load in the water/steam cycle, on flue gas cleaning and turbine design parameters, preceded a series of trial runs. The plant’s minimum load was eventually reduced to 12% minimum, providing a safe and cost-effective alternative to short-term shutdowns.

    At another coal-fired plant, start-up times were reduced by up to 50% as part of a program of measures to deliver the competitive benefits of flexible operation. Based on our detailed analysis of plant data and procedures, we proposed a move away from the conventional start-up procedures recommended by the OEM. We were able to match the optimization of the steam generator and steam turbines, whilst also considering whole plant issues. Our operational know-how was a key element in our ability to interpret data from a series of trials.

    We have used our significant experience of inspecting and assessing power plant damage to develop an inspection strategy for plants which are operated flexibly. Our strategy, based on Equivalent Operating Hours, meets the need to optimize major outage inspection intervals on pressure systems to address the threats of damage. Optimizing outages has delivered significant cost savings and supported plant flexibility.

  • Renewables
    Our focus is to add value at all life cycle stages of your asset. As a driving force in Europe’s transition to renewable energy we now bring our unique engineering and digital expertise to the US market, maximizing your onshore and offshore wind projects....

  • Planning to develop a wind farm? We will help you to cut the the Cost of Energy of your wind farm and maximize income by achieving optimal turbine layout, including substation, intra-array and export cabling. Our WindArchitectTM software combines with in-house knowledge gained from years of working within the wind industry to provide a state-of-the-art optimization solution. We will help you to explore the trade-offs between key design criteria and also streamline the development process by improving the efficiency of the cable array design.

    As owner’s engineer we play a critical role supporting and supplementing your resources, acting as an independent advocate. We provide technical and engineering advice, provide governance and engineering standards, or environmental monitoring. We ensure that wind farm operation and maintenance, upgrades and modifications deliver value, meet safety requirements and are compliant with standards.

    Our advanced condition monitoring service provides a minute-by-minute picture of the condition of all key components of a wind farm, ensuring the safe operation and cost-effective maintenance of the asset. By collecting and remotely analyzing data round-the-clock we can provide early warning of potential failure risks and give you confidence in targeting and optimizing maintenance procedures.

    By using remote vibration analysis we can quickly identify generator imbalance issues. We can then propose a cost-effective solution, backed by our long experience in turbine operation and repair, to keep downtime and lost generation to a minimum. 

    Our experts will give independent advice on risk levels in your wind farm operation, identifying and prioritizing issues giving guidance on any preventative measures that need to be taken – or providing independent validation of your existing practices. We will assess the impact of specific risks in terms of safety, environment, regulation, stakeholders and cost.

    In the event of a plant failure, we will carry out an in-depth root cause analysis to give you a full understanding of why it occurred and the inspection and maintenance regimes required to prevent future failure. Our investigations combine multiple capabilities – materials, mechanical and inspection – and we liaise closely with your site and operational teams to review design, operational and maintenance data.

    If your assets are nearing the end of warranty and you are considering whether to decommission, replant or extend the life of your turbines, we will help you to make the right choice, sharing our experience through a three-phased approach that allows you to evaluate different options in a structured way. Having analyzed operational, inspection and maintenance data, we can evaluate the condition of your wind farm and assess the viability of continued operation over different life extension scenarios. We can advise on the cost and benefits of refurbishment or upgrade options and assess future yields and revenue streams.

  • Enerlytics
    Enerlytics is a comprehensive digital platform for plant management that unlocks the true value of your assets. Consisting of 5 modules focusing on Plant Maintenance, Performance, Risk and Market, it is a one stop shop for all plant management needs....

  • There’s an opportunity afoot.

    The traditional energy sector is transforming, shaped in part by a series of rapidly emerging technologies. Uniper combines over 100 years' worth of industry and engineering expertise with smart data insights to present Enerlytics, a digital platform that offers a 360-degree view of your plant or portfolio. Centralizing custom-built analytics, real-time reporting and personalized software tools, Enerlytics provides a vital stepping stone towards agile empowerment in the face of a changing energy market.

    Offering the full end-to-end view, Enerlytics supports new build, operations and maintenance, through to market and trading activities as well as storage and demand side management. From machine-based learning that hypothesises your plant health and performance monitoring, to predictive and optimized maintenance and smart scheduling, each Enerlytics module gives you the autonomy to make better decisions for financial gain and market leadership.

    Enerlytics is a developed software solution by the proven asset owner and operator Uniper, and adheres to the same OEM-independent and plant agnostic competencies as its creators. Fostering an integrated approach to data and engineering intelligence, the platform consolidates these core elements into a single secure platform that lets you skillfully operate your business, optimise decision-making and outperform the competition.


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