Power plant modernisation to ensure reliable, clean energy

04 January 2021

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has tasked Emerson with the modernisation and optimisation of its Magnolia power plant.

The Magnolia project is part of TVA’s five-year, $110 million investment to install digital technologies across its power generating fleet. Emerson’s software and technologies will support TVA’s efforts to digitally transform the plant through advanced operations, enhanced cybersecurity and digital twin-enabled training.

Emerson will replace existing systems at the combined-cycle plant with its Ovation automation system and software. Digital twin technologies will provide advanced training to operators, enabling them to respond quickly and safely to power generation demands. Robust cybersecurity technologies are integral to the solution which is designed to enhance and secure operations at the facility.

“These upgrades are part of a larger long-term asset strategy to maintain our existing fleet in such a way that we can depend on their operation for years to come,” said Allen Clare, vice-president for gas & hydro operations at TVA.

Emerson and TVA are using virtual technologies in place of face-to-face interaction to keep the project moving forward during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project is expected to be completed in 2022. 

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