Infinis delivers reliable renewable energy

Boosting availability and safety with an integrated, proactive approach to asset maintenance

Published on 2 Nov 2013

The ability to predict where failures are most likely to occur ultimately leads to fewer outages, less emergency maintenance work, and greater total production across our generation infrastructure. This means we can ensure a safe, efficient and reliable supply of electricity to the National Grid while keeping our costs as low as possible.

Neil Douglas, Head of IT, Infinis

Customer
Infinis

Industry
Energy and Utilities

Deployment country
United Kingdom

Partner
Peacock Engineering
Click Software

Overview

Infinis is one of the UK’s leading generators of renewable power. Its total installed capacity of 571 MW is generated at 143 sites, including 123 landfill gas plants, 10 onshore wind farms and 10 hydroelectric power plants. The company’s headquarters are in Northampton, and it employs approximately 400 people, of whom around 190 are engineers.

Business need
To generate a significant percentage of the UK’s renewable energy, Infinis operates a network of biogas, hydroelectric and wind power plants, distributed throughout the country. Maintaining this extensive infrastructure is a complex proposition.

Solution
Infinis has integrated the sensors and alarm systems at its sites with its asset management solution, creating a single incident management system (IMS) that automates the creation of maintenance work orders and helps engineers diagnose and react to problems more quickly.

Benefits
Provides new insight into the root causes of breakdowns, enabling a more predictive approach to planned maintenance. Contributes to an improvement in mean time between breakdowns and a reduction in mean time to repair. Boosts the total availability of generators, helping to provide a more reliable supply and comply with service level agreements.

Components

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software
Cognos Business Intelligence, Maximo Asset Management, WebSphere Application Server

Solution
E&U: Power Generation Optimization (PGO), Asset Management, BA - Business Analytics, Business Integration, BA - Business Intelligence, Business Resiliency, High Availability, Smarter Planet

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