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Next level power plant maintenance with AI



The maintenance of the RWE power plant in Pembroke, UK, is a complex task and requires a large number of components that have to work together in perfect harmony. Maintenance and servicing work must be flawlessly scheduled and performed to ensure that the lights do not go out in private households or businesses.

However, the facts relevant for risk assessment are scattered throughout the company in different knowledge silos. These silos often result in a large amount of manual effort being needed to organise power plant maintenance. To be able to access the data from the previous knowledge silos in a central location, RWE and adesso are building a uniform data platform based on Microsoft Azure Cloud. This allows prediction models for power plant components to be developed. The results of these models support human intelligence in making value-based maintenance decisions, such as when which power plant component should undergo maintenance.

As part of this, adesso is developing dashboards based on Power BI that visualise all the information on and forecasts for the influencing factors. This information allows maintenance engineers in the power plants to carry out individual risk assessments and plan maintenance operations. Value-based maintenance (VBM) plays a key role in this context. It supports supervisors in deciding when what maintenance needs to be carried out on the power plant. VBM uses factors such as the condition of the power plant components, the operating status of the power plant, the economic impact of maintenance measures or a component failure to do this.


Using AI technologies optimises the maintenance process on several levels. Systematic integration and the provision of data enable faster decision-making. In addition to saving time, the automated processes and machine learning reduce manual efforts, which ensures that resources are used efficiently in IT and specialist departments. Last but not least, data management is also simplified through controlled data quality, data catalogues and data ownership concepts.

Learn more about what is behind this project and find out about other exciting use cases that showcase the potential of AI.

RWE AG is a global leader in the field of conventional and renewable energies. With wind farms, solar power and battery storage in multiple countries, RWE’s core business is already largely green electricity.

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