This is a quick highlights memo about the UFTO visit to Argonne, July 15, 16. A full report will be forthcoming early this Fall.
For the first time, a sizable contingent of UFTO member companies was present for the whole visit. I hope this can become our standard practice, with even a bigger attendance. Argonne made excellent presentations for us. We all agreed that it was a good *beginning* of what must become an ongoing dialogue.
If you want a headstart on some of Argonne’s work, here are a few things we heard about that really piqued the group’s interest:
Comprehensive GIS with massive data on gas system. See separate NOTE, or go to this webpage: http://www.dis.anl.gov/disweb/gasmaptt
**User Access is available on request, on a collegial basis.** The limitation is server capacity, so ANL is not in a position to throw it wide open. They are also very open to any companies that want to provide better data on their own gas T&D systems–which can be kept confidential.
Contact Ron Fisher, 630-252-3508, email@example.com
— Ice Slurry District Cooling
UFTO reported on this back in 93/94. It is now privately funded, and has advanced considerably. Ice slush dramatically increases the capacity of new or retrofitted central cooling distribution systems.
Contact Ken Kasza, 630-252-5224, firstname.lastname@example.org
— On-Line Plant Transient Diagnostic
Uses thermal-hydraulic first principles, along with generic equipment data, in a two-level knowledge system. Neural net models of the system can rapidly indicate what’s causing a transient, e.g. water loss, heat added, etc., and identify where in the system the problem lies. The system wouldn’t need to be custom built for each plant, except to incorporate the plant’s schematics. It’s been run in blind tests at a nuclear plant. Next step is to hook it up to a full scale simulator, and then go for NRC approval. A fossil application would be much easier.
Contact Tom Wei, 630-252-4688, email@example.com
or Jaques Reifman 630-252-4685, firstname.lastname@example.org
— Advanced NOx Control with Gas Co-firing
Closed-loop controller adjusts furnace control variables to get optimal distribution of gas injection to yield greatest NOx reduction. Typical systems use gas at 20% of heat input, but this system gets same or better NOx levels with only 7%. Joint effort with ComEd, GRI, and Energy Systems Assoc.
Contact Jaques Reifman 630-252-4685, email@example.com
or Tom Wei, 630-252-4688, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sensor monitor and fault detection system knows if the system is misbehaving or the sensor is wrong. Can see slow drift, signal dropout, and noise, giving early indicators of sensor failure, and providing assurance that the process itself is operating normally, thus reducing unneeded shutdowns. It also can monitor the process itself, for wide ranging quality control applications. MSET stands for Multivariate State Estimation Technique. A model learns expected relationships among dozens or hundreds of sensor inputs, and makes predictions for what each sensor should say, and this is compared with the actual sensor signal. Argonne has patented a unique statistical test for residual error (the difference) which replaces the usual setting of fixed limit levels. There are also important innovations in the neural net modeling, which is completely non-parametric.
Applications range from the NASA shuttle engine, to several power plants, to the stock market.
ANL contacts are Ralph Singer, 630-252-4500, email@example.com
Kenny Gross 630-252-6689, firstname.lastname@example.org
A spin off company is doing applications in everything else but electric generation. (Think of the possibilities in T&D!!) They call the product ProSSense. Website is at http//:www.smartsignal.com.
Contact Alan Wilks, Smart Signal Corp, Mt. Prospect IL 847-758-8418, email@example.com).
–TOPIC CAPABILITY SHEETS
Here is the text of ANL’s overview “Topic Capability Sheet”. Many of you got hardcopies of the complete set in the mail. They’re still available from Tom Wolsko (firstname.lastname@example.org). I’ve also posted them on the UFTO website, until Argonne puts a final verion up on their own website.
Argonne National Laboratory:
A Science and Technology Partner for the Energy Industry
Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and technology organization that
offers innovative and cost-effective solutions to the energy industry.
Argonne National Laboratory understands that energy companies must meet growing customer demand by creating, storing, and distributing energy and using the most efficient, cost-effective, environmentally benign technologies available to provide those services. We also understand that they must use increasingly more complex information for decision-making, comply with a multitude of environmental regulations, and adjust to a rapidly evolving marketplace.
Argonne has more than 50 years of experience in solving energy problems and addressing related issues, for both its customers and its own needs. Combining specialities such as materials science, advanced computing, power engineering, and environmental science, Argonne researchers apply cutting-edge science and advanced technologies to create innovative solutions to complex problems.
— Argonne Solutions
Recent applications of that expertise include
– A Spot Market Network model that simulates and evaluates short-term energy transactions.
– A “fuel reformer” that allows fuel cells to use a wide variety of hydrocarbon fuels to make electricity.
– Advisory systems for plant diagnostics and management based on sensors, neural networks, and expert systems.
– MSET, a real-time sensor validation system that provides early warning of sensor malfunction.
– Decontamination and decommissioning techniques developed for Argonne’s own facilities.
– Advanced materials for system components, batteries, ultracapacitors, flywheels, and hazardous waste encapsulation.
Argonne’s Working Group on Utilities:
– Dick Weeks, 630-252-9710, email@example.com
– Tom Wolsko, 630-252-3733, firstname.lastname@example.org
For technical information, contact the person listed under the category of interest.
David Weber, 630/252-8175, email@example.com
– Operations and Maintenance
– Reactor Analysis
– Spent-Fuel Disposition
David Schmalzer, 630/252-7723, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Basic and Applied Research
– Technology Research and Development
– Market, Resource, and Policy Assessments
Transmission and Distribution
John Hull, 630/252-8580, email@example.com
– System Components
– Energy Storage
– Distributed Generation
– Data Gathering and Analysis
– Biological Effects
Energy Systems and Components Research
Richard Valentin, 630/252-4483, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Component Reliability
– Systems Analysis
Materials Science and Technology
Roger Poeppel, 630/252-5118, email@example.com
– Materials Characterization
– Modeling and Performance
– Advanced and Environmental Materials
– Materials Properties
Fuel Cell Research and Development
Walter Podolski, 630/252-7558, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Fuel Processing
– System Design, Modeling, and Analysis
– Energy-Use Pattern Analysis
Advanced Concepts in Energy Storage
K. Michael Myles, 630/252-4329, email@example.com
– Secondary Batteries
– Ultracapacitors and High-Power Energy Storage
– Superconducting Magnets
Craig Swietlik, 630/252-8912, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Computer Security and Protection
– Independent Verification and Validation
– Information Management
– Advanced Computing Technologies
Environmental Science and Technology
Don Johnson, 630/252-3392, email@example.com
– Environmental Characterization
– Process Modifications
– Emissions Controls
– Waste Management
– Site Management
Environmental and Economic Analysis
Jerry Gillette, 630/252-7475, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Electric System Modeling and Analysis
– Risk Assessment and Management
– Environmental Assessment
– Cost and Economic Analysis
– Legal and Regulatory Analysis
Decontamination and Decommissioning
Tom Yule, 630/252-6740, email@example.com
– Technical Analysis
William Schertz, 630/252-6230, firstname.lastname@example.org
– Plasma Processes
– Ultrasonic Processing
– Electrodialysis Separation Processes
– Recycling Technologies
– Aluminum and Magnesium Production
Thermal Energy Utilization Technologies
Kenneth Kasza, 630/252-5224, email@example.com
– Compact Heat Exchangers
– Ice Slurry District Cooling
– Advanced Thermal Fluids
For information on working with Argonne, contact Paul Eichamer, Industrial Technology Development Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Bldg. 201, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439; phone: 800/627-2596; fax: 630/252-5230, firstname.lastname@example.org