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Power Generation

Challenge: Power generation is an integral part of any syngas plant. Whether you are operating as an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), producing power for the grid, or generating solely for your own needs, it is important to run your power block at peak efficiency and maximum availability. If your power island goes down, so does your plant profitability.

Solution: Emerson has considerable global experience with power generation to help you reach your profitability and productivity goals. Our philosophy of integrating a high level of process automation ensures consistent operation and may result in fewer outages and extended maintenance cycles. Emerson's Ovation Unit Coordinated Control system provides reliable, cost-effective control and monitoring for your combined cycle plants. In addition, Emerson's suite of SMART Process applications will also help you meet your emissions targets, achieve energy efficiency goals, and maintain equipment availability.

Generating Power for Wherever, Whenever It's Needed

In today's power-dependent world, engine generators (commonly called gen-sets) play a vital role in providing critical power for people's needs. Gen-sets are used for both stand-by (or backup) power and for prime power applications.

Emerson is a leading provider of generators for the world's major gen-set manufacturers. Emerson's generators enable stable and reliable off-grid energy for remote locations and marine environments, as well as a backup power source for critical on-grid systems.

Emerson Industrial Automation, through its Leroy-Somer, Kato Engineering (USA) and Trident Powercraft (India) brands, designs and manufactures a wide range of advanced generators to serve the industrial and large-scale commercial sector markets. Our generators can be found in gen-sets used for prime or backup power applications for:
  • Residential and commercial buildings
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Cogeneration
  • Marine
  • Telecommunications
  • Data centers
  • Petrochemical
  • Nuclear power plants
  • Construction sites
  • Mining
  • Rail locomotives
  • Wind turbines
Emerson also excels at designing high-performance technologies for turbomachinery, machines that transfer energy between a rotor and a fluid. Our Kop-Flex mechanical couplings are used in high-horsepower (up to 100,000 horsepower) and high-speed rotating (up to 20,000 revolutions per minute) equipment. These couplings, designed to be maintenance free and have an operating life of over 10 million hours, are used on gas and steam turbine gen-sets as well as natural gas, refining and petrochemical compressor trains.

Conventional Power Generation
In power generation applications, UPS systems are integrated in three part of the power plant:


  • UPS systems are fully part of the Turbine system. It will be installed as close to the turbine as possible and is possibly integrated into a shelter, especially for single shaft designs. For such applications, the small footprint of the equipment is key, as well as its ability to operate in difficult environmental conditions (IP level, dustproof).
Electrical Balance of Plant (eBOP)
  • UPS systems are selected according to the critical level of the loads. It can be chosen either to have centralized or distributed control systems, according to the Utility. The eBOP application is vital for the power plant and that's why battery selection and battery sizing is key as any loss of power could result in complete power generation plant shutdown.
  • The typical applications in the eBOP are process control, telecommunication and SCADA control room. In any case, UPS systems for process control will be selected for their design life (20 years minimum) and their ability to recharge a battery in a minimum time. UPS systems may be of the AC or DC type, according to the load to be supplied. Another part of UPS system to be included into the eBOP is the AC and DC distribution panels.
  • This application is another key node of the power generating plant. At this point of the plant, electricity leaves the power generation plant to travel on the Transmission and Distribution network. DC UPS