CyboSoft Wins DOE grant for intelligent actuation control |

CyboSoft Wins DOE grant for intelligent actuation control

May 16, 2008 - CyboSoft (Rancho Cordova, California) has been awarded a US Department of Energy (DOE) grant entitled, "Intelligent Actuation Control Using Model-Free Adaptive Control Technology." The R&D work can result in an intelligent actuation control solution critical for controlling future energy plants capable of delivering maximum-energy-efficiency, near-zero-emissions, fuel-flexibility, and multi-products. This solution can help the U.S. strengthen its energy independence and security, and movement towards a cleaner environment.

CyboSoft CEO Dr. George Cheng said, "CyboSoft is honored to receive this new grant from DOE and looks forward to working on this exciting project. Since all three key components sensor, actuator, and controller have to function properly in order for an automatic control system to work, the importance of improving the stability, robustness, and performance of the actuation system cannot be over-stated."

For the U.S. to reach its future energy objectives, visions to build ultra-clean and highly-efficient energy plants of the future must be realized. The control and optimization of coal-fired power plants are highly dependent on coordinated and integrated sensing, control, and actuation technologies and products used. Prior efforts to develop novel sensing and control technologies have been successful, but little work and analysis have been devoted to the coordinated control and actuation of processes within a coal-fired power plant. Studies show that as many as two-thirds of control loop oscillations are caused by control valve problems. Therefore, more effective and robust valve positioning control is highly desirable.

As new power plants are required to achieve maximum energy efficiency, near-zero emissions, fuel-flexibility, and multi-product capabilities, major advancement and improvements in sensor, control, and actuation are necessary. Maintaining the tight tolerances that new energy plants are required to achieve will depend on intelligent and robust actuation control.

Better actuation will also lead to major improvements in existing coal-fired power plants and all other process plants.

The overall objective of this multi-phase project is to research, design, develop, test, evaluate, benchmark, and bring to production an intelligent valve positioning control solution that can provide much more robust and precise control for large-scale coal-fired power plants using CyboSoft's innovative yet industry proven Model-Free Adaptive control technology.

The SBIR and STTR grants are designed to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. In 2008, The Department of Energy evaluated 1,494 Phase I SBIR and STTR grant applications. Among them, 284 applications were selected to receive SBIR awards, and 37 were selected to receive STTR awards.

About CyboSoft
CyboSoft, General Cybernation Group, Inc., is the leader in control technology serving the worldwide process control, building control, and equipment control markets. CyboSoft's patented Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology for automatically controlling physical processes is a major breakthrough. No other comparable technology possesses all the attributes of MFA. CyboSoft received the 2007 Frost & Sullivan "North America Technology Leadership Award" in the field of Industrial Automation.

CyboSoft's mission is to embed the appropriate MFA controllers in instruments, equipment, tools, software platforms, and automation systems of brand-name suppliers in targeted industries, application areas, and market segments. MFA controllers are replacing PID controllers on a very large scale and are also used for controlling those loops that are now in manual control. This revolutionary technology allows users to achieve significant economic benefits and technological advantages to better compete in this global economy.
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