Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) made an announcement on Sept. 26 that it has developed 'Gas Turbine Surveillance System' that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time in the world and completed reliability verification after applying the system to Korea Western Power Co.'s Pyeongtaek power plant for a month.
Gas turbine is a key facility that accounts for 30% to 50% of the construction cost of gas power generation, and the failure to identify fault conditions during gas turbine operation in advance can cause problems such as component failure, life loss, and excessive emission of pollutants.
In response, KEPCO developed the monitoring system that detects problems early and predicts accidents by analyzing driving data of gas turbines using artificial intelligence.
KEPCO acquired and analyzed data such as temperature, pressure and vibration through sensors installed in gas turbine to develop the system and learned artificial intelligence programs.
The gas turbine manufacturing sector is a high value-added industry, which is dominated by GE of the U.S., Siemens of Germany, and MHPS of Japan, and Korea imported all of the gas turbines from abroad.
KEPCO expects the system to help reduce maintenance costs by identifying gas turbine problems in advance and extending the life of major components.
A KEPCO spokesman said, "We will make efforts to ensure that the system enters the global market by completing verification not only for domestic but also for overseas power plants."