Okinawa Electric launches digital transformation journey with OSIsoft

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The Okinawa Electric Power Company and OSIsoft have successfully deployed OSIsoft’s PI System at the Yoshinoura Thermal Power Plant, one of Okinawa Electric’s key power plants, to accelerate the company’s digital transformation.

Okinawa Electric began investigating real-time operational data solutions in 2016 to drive its IoT initiative for advanced thermal power operations. The company chose the PI System as its enterprise-wide data infrastructure to improve operations across its plants by achieving 360-degree, real-time visibility into its critical assets and processes. Okinawa Electric and OSIsoft signed an Enterprise Agreement (EA) in 2019 and deployed the PI System at the Yoshinoura Thermal Power Plant in March 2020.

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Hiraku Nakahodo, Deputy Division Manager of Power Generation Division at Okinawa Electric, said: “With the PI System, we can now manage enormous amounts of operational data on a common platform, enabling us to monitor power plants in real-time, understand correlations between the data, and operate in a more advanced manner based on data-driven insights. The PI System allows us to improve operational efficiency and reporting by automating data collection and calculations.

“We plan to leverage operational data to achieve early anomaly detection, improve asset availability and efficiency, and optimize asset management to further enhance performance and safety at our plants.”

Okinawa Electric and OSIsoft will continue to work together to maximize value from the PI System at the Yoshinoura Thermal Power Plant. The companies plan to expand the use of OSIsoft’s real-time data infrastructure to Gushikawa Thermal Power Plant and Kin Thermal Power Plant to help Okinawa Electric achieve its digital transformation goals.

David Thomason, Industry Principal of Global Power Generation, adds: “Our new relationship aligns our products and services with Okinawa Electric’s value creation goals. OSIsoft’s mission is to enable organizations to unlock the potential of their operational data, accelerating their journey towards true digital transformation. We look forward to working with such a respected and forward thinking Japanese electric utility to help them achieve their business goals through intelligent operations,”