In considering future process changes, a U.S. utility contracted TRAX to analyze a combined cycle power plant’s dynamics during startup, shutdown, and load maneuvering events.
A1 Engineering, a TRAX partner since 2014, recently completed and published a detailed examination of the Korean power grid, specifically the impact of increasing distributed renewable power sources.
TRAX offers studies to help clients troubleshoot issues around specific equipment. In the instance showcased here, we helped an EPC firm validate the design for a turbine bypass system, boiler safety valves, and associated Balance of Plant (BOP) equipment by conducting a dynamic study with the ProTRAX software.
As conventional coal-fired units are phased out in significant numbers, implementing gas-firing has become a way to retain generating resources and meet emissions goals. However, converting to gas will lead to changes in the unit dynamics for both normal and abnormal operation.
TRAX delivered a carbon capture simulator for a 150 MW coal-fired unit that models the capture of the full flue gas stream. The system provides both CO2 and SO2 capture, delivering the captured CO2 to a pipeline for industrial use and underground storage.
The newest ProTRAX modules are designed to match continuing changes in the energy market and are heavily focused on renewable energy sources.
TRAX has delivered a dual-fuel conversion project, using digital twin technology to closely examine power plant subsystems.
Brent Buffington of Southern California Edison (SCE) and Kyle Greene of TRAX Energy Solutions jointly presented “Building Hydroelectric Control Systems to Increase Operational Flexibility in High and Low Inflow Scenarios” at the CEATI Hydropower Conference in Palm Springs, CA.
TRAX has updated the Runtime Executive (RTEXEC) to improve the initial condition dialog interface. Users may now create custom fields to create their own sort and filter options and can build initial condition groups.
Combined cycle power plants have become a crucial component for maintaining electrical grid stability, in large part due to increasing renewable power capacity and changing market conditions.
TRAX’s Remote Manager is a small toolbar running on a simulator operator’s computer that gives the trainee control of many instructor actions without the need to log in to the simulator Instructor Station.
STEAG and TRAX have been partners for over 10 years and have worked together to develop superior service for simulator customers, first in India and now as far as Africa.
Hacking attacks are an enormous risk with critical infrastructure at stake. In January 2020, Microsoft will stop providing security updates and support for the Windows 7 operating system (OS), which will expose older computers to viruses and security exploits.
The Status Window is meant to be the user’s central location for checking the status of all simulator components, including models, interfaces, and initial conditions. It collects and interprets numerous files to make viewing, navigating, and understanding the simulator’s status easier.
Many utilities are considering burning natural gas in a boiler constructed for coal-firing. TRAX has assisted customers by performing studies on full and partial gas-firing conversions to predict the effects of natural gas combustion on draft system pressures.
RTEXEC now gives you the ability to place your initial condition (AV) files in groups, making it easier to organize and browse your initial conditions.
The TRAX Simulator Maintenance Manager is an easy-to-use, secure site for organizing simulator issues.