The project will develop, and bring to production, an intelligent actuation control solution technology that will adapt to deal with changes in valve gain, time constant, delay time, nonlinearity, and other non-optimum behavior. The project will evaluate, simulate, and determine the feasibility of using MFA control technology to develop an intelligent control solution for valve positioning control capable of meeting stringent performance specifications and effectively handling large variations in valve behavior. The expected/ anticipated solution will also provide more robust and precise position control and remove potential valve oscillations irrespective of the variability of valve characteristics and operating conditions. The commercial products will be designed to enable easy integration with new and installed valves, dampers, and other actuation devices, thus offering a smooth transition and minimal operator training and maintenance.
The Advanced Research Sensors and Controls Program is leading the effort to develop sensing and control technologies and methods to achieve seamlessly integrated and intelligent power systems. The program is led by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and is implemented through research and development agreements with other national laboratories, industry, and academia. The program strategy is to develop robust sensing approaches using durable materials and highly automated process controls to optimize advanced power systems operation and performance. The control and optimization of coal-fired power plants highly depend on coordinated and integrated sensing, control, and actuation technologies and products. Prior efforts to develop novel sensing and control technologies have been successful, but little work has been devoted to the coordinated control and actuation of power plant processes
In alignment with the programs mentioned above, NETL has partnered with General Cybernation Group Inc. to develop a solution for intelligent actuation control using Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology. The project is funded through the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides them with incentives to profit from its commercialization.
The MFA actuation control solution addresses the need for clean coal technology and will help power and process industries improve efficiency, quality, safety, and emission reduction. Additionally, this technology can be commercially available software and easily embedded in digital valves or damper positioned products to benefit the U.S. energy plants of the future, as well as other industries where control valves are used.
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