Take our work testing a next-gen combustion control system based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). We recently deployed a beta version of our AutoTune software at a U.S. gas plant to optimize performance. This marks the first time ML – specifically, neural network algorithms – has been used to actively control combustors on a GE turbine.
This milestone follows a successful implementation of the same technology at plant in Mexico –on a competitive asset, I might add. Both examples demonstrate the flexibility of our software and its potential to expand even further to include additional operating conditions. In fact, we’re working to develop and pilot this technology for aero-derivative machines in 2019.
GE is fortunate to work with other forward-thinking energy companies, like Engie in Europe, that are focused on innovating to meet the evolving needs of the sector. Heron, Engie’s subsidiary in Greece, recently chose our APM solutions for their gas-fired power plants outside Thiva. When installed in early 2019, it will be the first of its kind on a 9FB gas turbine in Europe.
These are just a few examples of what our customers are doing today, and we have so much more to unveil together in the next year. We know that we’re at a critical crossroads in the emerging IIoT market, and our team couldn’t be more energized to help shape what’s next. Innovation and customer focus are the keys to these successes and our next chapter of building with purpose.