In preparation for the launch of this initiative, HEPCO and Toshiba ESS began joint verifications in October 2020, with HEPCO providing operational data from thermal power plants and Toshiba ESS responsible for building the system. In addition, EtaPRO™ was installed at Ishikariwan Shinko Power Station Unit 1 and Tomatoh-Atsuma Power Station Unit 4 by deploying the system in Toshiba ESS’s cloud, thereby improving the efficiency of system operation management and maintenance. This set-up is the first such application for a power plant in Japan. In addition, HEPCO and Toshiba ESS have concluded a predetermined-rate, long-term service agreement for system operation and management using these applications on the cloud.
Toshiba ESS will contribute to the efficient operation of power plants and other facilities by integrating its accumulated manufacturing and maintenance technologies in the energy field with Cyber Physical Systems (CPS*2) technology and actively developing TOSHIBA SPINEX for Energy*3, an energy IoT service that includes “EtaPRO™.”*4
Plant monitoring software for power generation companies, with over 30 years of experience and installed in approximately 700 GW worth of power plants in 60 countries, including thermal, hydro, wind, solar, and other power generation companies. Toshiba ESS acquired the business division related to this software from GP Strategies Corporation in the United States in October 2021.
Toshiba Completes Acquisition of GP Strategies’ EtaPRO® Business | News Release | Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions (global.toshiba)
A system for creating added value by collecting data on plant facilities (physical) that actually exist, analyzing it using digital technology in a virtual space with computers, etc., transforming it into information and knowledge that can be easily utilized, and feeding it back to the physical side.
*3 TOSHIBA SPINEX for Energy
Energy IoT services being developed by Toshiba ESS. In 2019, 12 energy-focused services were built as part of Toshiba Group’s TOSHIBA SPINEX service, out of 24 services in four areas: social infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and logistics. These services are being developed in compliance with Toshiba IoT Reference Architecture.
TOSHIBA SPINEX for Energy - TOSHIBA SPINEX Marketplace (spinex-marketplace.toshiba)
*4 This information was announced by HEPCO and Toshiba ESS under “News Release” in Japanese.