General Electric has signed a multiyear supply agreement with Aggreko, a supplier of temporary power and temperature control solutions.
The plan is to connect up to 10,000 assets to GE’s Distributed Power myPlant Asset Performance Management (APM) solution over the next five years.
GE says its myPlant APM is an “original equipment manufacturer-agnostic”, industrial internet of things solution for reciprocating engines and generators, which will provide Aggreko with a digital toolset to manage its equipment fleet.
With more than 100 other data points being derived or added to each of the assets, Aggreko will be able to monitor a large variety of items.
Analytics will help, for instance, predict oil lifetime and ensure the performance and uptime of the mobile power plant.
The project represents the largest to date for GE’s Distributed Power myPlant solution for reciprocating engines and generators.
In addition to supplying power to customers in remote areas, Aggreko’s emergency response capability also allows it to respond to emergencies of all sizes, such as restoring power to entire communities after a natural disaster.
Complementing Aggreko’s capabilities, the myPlant APM solution provides a cloud-based monitoring and diagnostics infrastructure to remotely manage the performance of Aggreko’s reciprocating engine fleet of power plants.
Aggreko will be able to gain real-time intelligence needed for better decision-making to achieve the desired outcomes and increase the assets’ uptime at customer sites in various industrial sectors and events.
Dr Volker Schulte, group manufacturing and technology director, Aggreko, says: “With Aggreko’s globally mobile and geographically widespread fleet, this agreement will provide us with the ability to remotely monitor hundreds of thousands of sensors across our power generation fleet.
“This will allow us to improve our performance and prevent system disruptions so we can better serve our customers around the world.”
GE’s Distributed Power myPlant APM solution for reciprocating engines and generators is aimed at improving uptime and efficiency, reducing lifecycle costs and driving operating performance and profitability.
The myPlant offering uses secure, centralized cloud storage to collect the data from customers’ gas, diesel, heavy fuel oil and solar photovoltaic-based power generation, distribution and energy storage equipment, regularly transmitting sensor data streams, control alarms and operational data.
Carlos Lange, president of GE’s Distributed Power business, says: “By digitalizing its fleet through the implementation of our myPlant APM solution across its global assets, Aggreko will be able to deliver power to its customers more reliably and efficiently.
“myPlant will allow Aggreko to monitor equipment condition, performance and availability. With these real-time insights, Aggreko can make better decisions to reduce equipment downtime and operating costs.”
The project will be implemented across Aggreko’s power generation fleet in multiple regions. The first site deployment for Distributed Power’s myPlant solution is planned for the fourth quarter of 2018.