SOURCE: Invensys Operations Management

Invensys Operations Management

November 03, 2009 09:00 ET

Virtual Realty Training System From Invensys to Help Advance Clean Coal Power for U.S. Department of Energy

EYESim Solution Is Centerpiece of New IGCC Power Plant Program

PLANO, TX--(Marketwire - November 3, 2009) - Invensys Operations Management, a global provider of technology systems, software solutions and consulting services to the process and manufacturing industries, announced today that the United States Department of Energy (DOE) will utilize the company's innovative EYESim™ virtual reality training solution as the centerpiece of a new state-of-the-art training center to assist in the development of new generation zero-emission integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants with carbon capture.

The IGCC training center is part of the DOE's initiative to develop new clean-coal power plants that burn fuel more efficiently to produce environmentally friendly electric power. Under the terms of the contract, Invensys will provide a full-scope, high-fidelity, real-time dynamic simulator for a generic IGCC plant with carbon capture. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory will operate the simulator at both its Dynamic Simulator Research & Training Center in Morgantown, W. Va. and at a satellite location at West Virginia University's National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

"Industry experts agree that the age of near zero-emission clean coal power is here, and we believe that EYESim technology from Invensys is a scalable resource for the rapidly emerging clean-coal industry," said Tom Fiske, Ph.D., ARC Advisory Group. "As a powerful design and training solution, it will create a safe, highly cost-efficient training environment, as well as develop expertise in the analysis, operation and control of commercial-scale IGCC plants."

In November 2008, Invensys announced that it had been awarded a contract by the DOE to simulate the IGCC process using its SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM® process modeling software. The most recent contract adds a 3-D virtual reality experience to that simulation.

"Using the combined solution capabilities of our SimSci-Esscor DYNSIM and EYESim technologies, we will build a high-fidelity model of a generic coal-fired IGCC power plant that designers and operators can interact with in real-time," said Maurizio Rovaglio, Ph.D. and head of innovation and emerging technologies for Invensys Operations Management. "While similar to an immersive 3-D video game, this simulation is derived from powerful software that exactly models the physics of the plant's operations, rather than being based on an artistic rendering."

Wearing a stereoscopic headset, trainees enter the immersive environment and move freely throughout the facility, seeing exactly what they would see if they were in an actual plant. The walkthrough is highly realistic because the software renders the virtual environment at 60 frames per second, significantly faster than what can be achieved by traditional, non real-time rendering. Moreover, EYESim augmented reality merges virtual plant imagery with data screens from asset management or other application software to provide additional detail on technology or procedures that can significantly enhance the overall training experience.

The DOE will use these simulations in demonstration, education and training services, including IGCC plant operation and control demonstrations, technology familiarization and hands-on computer-based training. In addition to training and plant design functions, the NETL and its research and development partners will use the simulator to showcase clean coal technology as a technically feasible way to support future electrical generation demand without emitting environmental pollutants or greenhouse gases.

"The work that NETL is doing is a great example of how advanced simulation technologies can be applied to help bring about a more sustainable future, and we are pleased that the DOE has selected us to participate in this important project," Rovaglio said. "Jumpstarting this new industry with conventional training tools and methods would have been costly and time consuming. But the sooner we can implement safe, cost-effective clean energy, the more we all benefit."

Representatives from Invensys Operations Management will display and demonstrate the new solution during the company's OpsManage'09 Conference taking place in Anaheim, Calif., November 3 to 5, 2009. Rovaglio and Stephen Zitney, director, Collaboratory for Process and Dynamic Systems Research at the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory, will also give a joint presentation about the NETL project and the EYESim solution on November 4 and 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Energy Theater. For more information about the EYESim solution, please visit Pod 19 during OpsManage'09 or contact your local Invensys sales office or sales representative. To register for OpsManage'09, visit

About Invensys Operations Management

Invensys Operations Management, a division of Invensys, is a leading provider of automation and information technology, systems, software solutions, services and consulting to the global manufacturing and infrastructure industries. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, its solutions are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in more than 200,000 plants and facilities.

Invensys Operations Management's offerings are delivered under several prominent industry brands, including Action Instruments, ArchestrA, Avantis, Barber-Colman, Chessell, Continental, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, InFusion, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. The company's approximately 9,000 employees and its global partner ecosystem integrate these products and services to help clients collaborate across systems and enterprises in real time, extracting critical data to make faster, better decisions and synchronize their operations from the plant floor to the executive offices, aligning production goals with business objectives. To learn more about Invensys Operations Management, visit

Invensys plc ( is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 20,000 employees working in 50 countries.

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