Using Power Plant Cycling Trends to Screen for Improved Reliability
- May 8, 2019
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Interest in power plant flexibility projects is increasing. But which plants are your best candidates for improved flexibility? Before running your production costing models for every specific plant and flex project why not use a simple screening analysis first to see which plants can deliver in terms of min load, ramp rate and start up time.
A good screening metric is plant movement density. This annual metric is defined as total plant movement (cycling) divided by total generation. Trending this metric will tell you if a plant is facing more, the same or less cycling. If the trend is flat or declining it will be hard to justify adding more flex to those plants. But if the plant trend is increasing, load up your production model with cost of cycling info and see which projects deliver the best benefit/cost ratios.
For more info contact: Jim Schetter, President, Renewable Impacts LLC @ 303-726-4828 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.