AI & ML wizardry: how to overcome technical road blocks and make real for power generation
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) wizardry are often portrayed by the media, however there are some critical road blocks and a way to manage them in the power generation sector. Is AI good or bad?
Road block 1: Low information learning, i.e. the ability to learn quickly from a small amount of information by calling on related information. Humans are amazing at this!
Road block 2: Your “CEO brain”. Humans have a filter system which does not let all thoughts reach your conscious (for good reason, some are pretty wild and dark!) and help keep your morality.
Road block 3: Power generation contains physical things which obey the laws of physics and these things are not your every day items, they reach extreme pressures and temperatures.
In an industry where health and safety rightfully leads the agenda we thankfully don’t have enough failures to utilise to use AI or ML appropriately.
Utilising 10+ years of advanced condition monitoring Uniper has recorded all faults detected and qualified that over time to create a database of “sudo failures” which is large enough to apply machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) approaches with positive practical results.
Those 10+ years of sudo failures come from 50+ GW of assets, of all nearly all technology types, to create a unique knowledge base. This presentation and paper explains the process Uniper went through to deliver auto diagnosis (feature detection) for advanced condition monitoring and in some cases provide time to failure (prognosis).
Attendees at IIoT World Days will learn:
- The limitation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
- How to manage and deliver with these limitations.
- What success looks like when you over come the limitations (case study).