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Combustion Optimization with the Griffin AI Toolkit

Published: October 22, 2020

Achieve Optimal Control of Combustion Processes

The highly complex and sensitive nature of combustion processes makes it one of the most challenging systems to control in a coal-fired power plant. Behaving almost as its own living entity with each process having its own individual characteristics and behavior, managing, and controlling such systems is a difficult task.

Griffin’s Combustion Optimization System (COS) uses many advanced AI methods available within the Griffin AI Toolkit to develop highly specialized and accurate models of each unique system to reduce emissions, improve heat rate, and achieve other process objectives.

Custom Combustion Optimization

There is no “one-size-fits-all” method to gaining real and repeatable improvements from combustion optimization systems. Griffin’s COS application approach has been developed and refined over more than 50 years of experience providing combustion optimization solutions. Building upon the proven Griffin COS template of reliable and robust control, each COS application is tailor-made to address the unique characteristics of the subject system.

Advanced AI modeling and optimization methods are used to represent process complexities and take advantage of each and every existing opportunity; from subtle damper adjustments to shifting whole operating conditions within acceptable ranges, all prospective improvements are leveraged to provide maximum performance benefits.

Agile No-Code Implementation

Existing site-knowledge from those who know your system best – your engineers and your operators, often spanning decades of operation – is then formalized and rapidly implemented within the Griffin no-code platform to further complement the advanced AI components in place within the COS.

This process results in a highly customized and fully relevant optimization system capable of providing control benefits to the system in as little as 1 – 2 weeks. As the AI components continue to learn and adjust from observing real-time operation, observed benefits continue to improve automatically over time.

What to Expect From The Griffin Combustion Optimization System

The Griffin COS applications are flexible and purpose-built so that they can be configured to realize any number of performance objectives. Common benefits include:

  • Reduction of NOx emissions
  • Heat rate improvements
  • Mitigation of unplanned outages
  • Enhanced alarm condition management & resolution
  • Consistent unit controls across all operating crews and conditions

A Griffin COS is a valuable addition to any combustion process with a proven record of improving multiple aspects of process performance. Regardless of system complexity or existing limitations, benefits can be obtained through this powerful application. Please contact us today to learn more about your options!

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