Lanco Plans IoT initiative to Improve Operational Efficiencies in Plants

Lanco Infratech, an EPC, infrastructure and energy company, is planning to implement IoT in its power plants with the objective of improving the plants’ operational efficiencies. To begin with, it will be covering one thermal power plant and one solar power plant as part of the initiative.

In the thermal power plant, it plans to embed IoT sensors into the existing SCADA system in order to measure various environmental parameters. The SCADA system already captures some of the parameters, and now with IoT the company is hoping to capture additional parameters and more valuable information for building in better controls. Through analytics intelligence can be built on top of the information extracted and conveyed through dashboards for the operations management team to take action.

The use cases being envisaged are predictive maintenance of the plants besides avoidance of shutdowns and accidents. According to K.K. Chaudhary, Group Head – IT and IS, Lanco Infratech, “Shutdown for maintenance or due to accidents can be very costly and even an hour’s shutdown means huge loss to the business. This depends on the state of the various components that go into the plant. Being able to monitor the health of these components through IoT can help avoid any accidental shutdowns, shorten the shutdown duration and also prepare us for maintenance in advance.”

Once successful in the initial thermal power plant, the project will be extended to the remaining five thermal plants as well. Currently a consulting company has been engaged to analyze and study the additional parameters and information that can be extracted through IoT.

Another area where Lanco is considering implementing IoT is in the solar modules that go into the company’s solar plants. The project will be an experiment to determine if IoT sensors can be embedded into the solar modules to extract information relating to their functioning. “The objective is to extract some sort of information by which our installation can become more efficient and the module will be more consistent,” explains Chaudhary.

To begin with, the company plans on carrying out the experiment in one of its six operational solar plants. Currently the proposal is being prepared and the project is likely to initiated by early 2017.

Categories: Internet of Things

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