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Diesel PowerStation KPIs

Power Station performance monitoring with ibaHD-Server and ibaQPanel

iba Oceania designed and implemented a Visualisation and Acquisition Package with ibaHD-Server and ibaQPanel to assist operators monitor and manage efficient despatch of diesel generation. Varying capacity of generation plant and service condition of plant has an impact on power station fuel efficiency. Live display of the generation and power station key performance indicators empower operations with the ability to make energy saving decisions resulting in reduced fuel consumption and energy efficiency improvements.

Business Benefits

High speed data acquisition
allows for fast and accurate Power Station Performance analysis, tuning and planning

Visualisation of fuel efficiency
and other power station KPIs lead to energy usage reduction

The Technology

A basic starter acquisition package of Voltage, current and fuel metering via a PADU-S-CM modular system enables access to live Specific Fuel Consumption, Fuel Efficiency and Power Quality indicators on up to 4 machines or feeders. The system can be readily expanded to incorporate:

• Vibration and Condition monitoring,

• Communication to PLCs, Power meters, Relays and VSDs

• Import of COMTRADE files

The ibaPDA solution is also fully integrable with modern SCADA systems via Active-X controls enhancing operating capability and experience.

Supporting T&D

The high speed acquisition capabilities enable the system to be used as a transient fault recorder to assist operations with fault analysis and network discrimination. Cross referencing T&D line crew reports with transient fault data assist engineering with enhanced distribution protection design leading to reduced nuisance trips and increased network availability.

Supporting Renewables integration

As renewables participate in increasing levels of network penetration, issues regarding voltage and frequency stability as well as with spinning reserve and reactive power support lead to significant concern. The high fidelity and resolution data allow power station engineers to accurately measure and assess grid stability and the impacts of renewables such as solar, in order to update models to reflect the power system, prepare plans and be prepared for the future.

Power Station Reports

The ibaPDA solution provides statistical analysis and reporting capabilities to support benchmarking covering areas including power quality, availability, downtime, Energy production/loss, fuel usage, restoration time, load profiling and other KPIs.

ibaQPanel visualisation of station KPIs and historical data

iba Products

ibaPDA is a PC-based system to centrally record data. The recording can be made to store data continuously or event based. An efficient report generator allows for the creation of customized analytical reports.

ibaHD-Server find past events rapidly, using the high resolution Historical Data (HD) server - also for continuous and long running projects. With the zoom function, you can travel from the annual, monthly or weekly overview down to the millisecond range.

ibaQPanel enables enhanced display process and quality data, conditions and events in live mode in a technology-related representation. It combines the functionality of an interactive measurement value display with elements from the area of HMI.

iba Modular System
iba Modular System

The iba modular system acquires and processes measurement signals and is with the appropriate signal output modules perfectly suited for control applications. The decisive advantage of the system is the modular concept that can be freely designed: On a module rack with backplane bus, one central unit and up to four other input and output modules can be plugged.

Measuring value acquisition - ibaPDA

As the central core of the iba system, ibaPDA has proven itself as one of the most versatile data acquisition systems for maintenance and production for many years. Among the many powerful features of ibaPDA are asset-agnostic acquisition, high-speed synchronous archiving, and real-time streaming analytics.

Historical data - ibaHD-Server

ibaHD-Server empowers users with the ability to perform long-term analytics while rapidly visualizing trends and events from months to milliseconds. Easily archive large time-synchronized data sets, even from multiple ibaPDA systems. Querying events provides immediate access to failure-mode and root-cause discovery.


ibaQPanel is a software addon that allows for the live display of process and quality data in an HMI-picture. ibaQPanel combines the functionality of technological representations of measurement variables with elements typical for HMI screens. It is seamlessly integrated in ibaPDA.

Analysis software - ibaAnalyzer

ibaAnalyzer is characterized by its broad capability for analyzing and evaluating data. The application is intuitive and offers an advanced set of functions. The license for analyzing measurement files, which have been generated with the iba system, is free of charge.

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