Fairbanks Morse launches distributed power platform

Engine manufacturer Fairbanks Morse has launched a distributed power platform at POWER-GEN International in Las Vegas, US.

The company’s PoweReliability-as-a-Service platform is powered by its newly launched Trident OP diesel-fired engine, which features an opposed piston architecture, and is aimed at independent power producers as well as industrial and large commercial customers.

The platform is enabled by Cloud-based bi-directional data and control, Fairbanks Morse said, so that power generation can be monitored in real time. It can be customized to include the integration of hybrid distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar PV, wind, combined heat and power (CHP) and energy storage.

Fairbanks Morse said the platform will enable independent power producers and commercial and industrial end customers to integrate DER to operate fully as an independent microgrid or, where available, participate in ancillary market services such as demand response.

In a 10 MW power plant configuration, Fairbanks Morse estimates savings of $35m in fuel consumption and increased reliability.

Fairbanks Morse president Marvin Riley said the platform “enables our customers to become reliable independent power producers ” even in the most remote areas of the world that do not have access to a dependable grid.”

Adam Forni, a senior research analyst with consultancy Navigant Research, said the platform-based approach “is transforming the way electricity is produced and consumed globally. The result is an emerging grid that is cleaner, more distributed, and increasingly intelligent – also known as the Energy Cloud. à‚ 

“Generator manufacturers like Fairbanks Morse are pushing disruption by providing new platform-based solutions that are efficient, flexible, and leverage remote monitoring, controls, and predictive analytics,” he added. “The platform-based approach will allow them to unlock new business models and position them to serve growing demand from commercial and industrial facilities for both grid-tied and remote applications.”

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