Scottish Power and ADEX prepare first application of ADEX Control Module (ACM)

In News — January 13 2011

The ADEX Control Module (ACM) will be put into operation for the first time at Scottish Power’s Cockenzie coal fired power plant in January 2011.

From January 2011, the ADEX Control Module (ACM) will be integrated into the control system of the coal fired power plant at Cockenzie, Scotland. Based on a pilot trial on the attemperation process in 2010 which demonstrated an overall reduction of 50% in steam temperature variation across a range of operating conditions, Scottish Power will be pioneer in utilizing the new ACM technology.

The ACM device is designed to be integrated into the local control system of the plant communicating directly with the internal bus of PLCs via ASCII and eliminating intermediate communications. This integration enables the execution of ADEX optimized control schemes within the PLC using its own programming environment and having access to the ADEX controllers incorporated into the ACM library of functions. The ACM will enable the integration of generic ADEX controllers to existing control systems and deliver the benefits of optimized control without the need to change the whole control system.

This collaboration between ADEX and Scottish Power will place the Cockenzie plant at the forefront of control technology and be a reference for optimized control in the power industry.