Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is to carry out a research study with the Japanese city of Yokohama on introducing AI and IoT technologies in waste to energy plants.

MHI subsidiary Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) will build an operations data network that links Resources and Waste Recycling Bureau Tsuzuki Incineration Plant with Yokohama city hall. It will analyze the accumulated data using AI technologies with the aim of achieving more advanced stable operations for the plant.

The research project will allow the operational status of the plant to be monitored in real time at the city hall building using IoT technologies. The operational data will be collected and used in various types of analysis.

MHIEC said that analyzing this big data with AI technologies is expected to provide such functions as failure prediction, more stable operations, and improved power generating capacity.

It will also help provide for optimal plant operations, including avoiding problems due to malfunction, and lower maintenance costs.

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