GE Renewable Energy has signed a three-year agreement with Enel Green Power to provide predictive operation and maintenance capabilities to the group’s hydro plants in Spain, with a total capacity of up to 3.2 GW.

The project will start by evaluating the data coming from existing control and monitoring equipment, then it will collect data from individual plants, gathering it in a centralized data lake. From there, data is continuously captured and analyzed with APM (Asset Performance Management) software.

Predictive analytics from GE APM are gathered and combined with extensive real-world experience from the operation of hydro plants. GE’s Hydro specialists will support EGP in data analysis to make informed recommendations on areas for performance improvement and enhancement.

“The hydropower industry is shifting dramatically to a much more dynamic and data intensive approach to plant management,” said Pascal Radue, chief executive officer of GE’s Hydro Solutions. “EGP is ahead of the industry in seeing the potential to improve O&M by harnessing data across a hydro plant in order to optimize OPEX, enhance plant efficiency and avoid failures.”

This new contract highlights the growing development of GE Renewable Energy in the digital hydropower space. Today, more than 90 hydropower plants generating more than 30 GW are globally under management by GE’s APM solutions.

APM includes software, services and business-process support that together deliver an enterprise-wide view of the impact of asset performance management activities to help plant operators and owners make decisions and evaluate trade-offs on how to run their plants.

EGP has managed capacity of more than 43 GW in 29 countries, with more than 1200 operative plants. The company owns 28.1 GW of hydro assets.

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