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Invensys Process System to simulate clean-coal power plant

NOVEMBER 11, 2008 - Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has been selected by the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to provide a dynamic process simulator for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant with carbon capture.

The IGCC plant simulator is part of the DOE’s initiative to develop new clean-coal power plants that burn more efficiently to produce environmentally friendly electric power. It will be located at NETL’s research and training center in Morgantown, W.Va.

In the IGCC process, coal is converted to a high-pressure, high-temperature gas that can be subjected to advanced carbon capture and storage technology. Using IPS services and solutions, including DYNSIM process modeling software from SimSci-Esscor and InTouch human machine interface software from Wonderware, NETL’s research and training center will offer IGCC operation and control demonstrations, technology familiarization and hands-on simulator training, helping to prove the technical and economic feasibility of producing electricity from coal while eliminating carbon emissions.

IGCC represents a new-generation power plant capable of capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global climate change.

IPS simulation services and technology will be used to demonstrate that IGCC plants can produce environmentally friendly coal-fueled electricity on a commercial scale while eradicating the emissions created by conventional power plants.

IPS was selected to provide the simulator because of the company’s technology and experience. IPS is a leading provider of operator training simulators to the global power utility and chemical process industries, and the company has taken a leading role in helping to improve coal gasification, electricity generation, emissions control, carbon dioxide capture and storage, and hydrogen production.

"Our partnership with the DOE is a significant step toward convincing global leaders that clean-coal power plants can be operated safely and effectively,” said Tobias Scheele, IPS Vice President of Advanced Applications. “Our high-fidelity simulation of the IGCC process will allow operations personnel to see exactly how the IGCC plant will behave. It’s all part of our commitment to green engineering and to improving our global environment, and we look forward to helping the DOE take the lead in developing, producing and delivering clean-coal power and electricity.”

About IPS (Invensys Process Systems)
Invensys Process Systems (IPS), headquartered in Plano, Texas, is a global technology, software and consulting firm leading significant change in process manufacturing, plant optimization, business operations and enterprise performance. IPS clients are some of the world’s most important industrial organizations — companies that operate large oil refineries; plants that process chemicals, gas, LNG, power, pharmaceuticals and minerals; and pulp and paper mills. IPS solutions, used at over 50,000 locations across the globe, include field devices and controls from Foxboro and Triconex, advanced applications from SimSci-Esscor, operations management from Avantis, and the world’s first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion.

The company’s nearly 7,000 employees integrate these capabilities to create solutions that impact and increase efficiency, boost productivity, and accelerate performance. These results help industrial companies run safer, operate more efficiently, and extract useful knowledge from their operations to make faster, better decisions.

The Invensys Group is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 25,000 employees working in 60 countries.
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