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Wednesday, 26 February 2014 21:20

Asahi Kasei Selects ETAP Real-Time Power Management System for Nobeoka Chemical Facility

IRVINE, Calif. — ETAP®, the leading provider of software solutions for the design, optimization, and on-line operation of mission-critical electrical power infrastructure, today announced that Asahi Kasei Corp. is deploying ETAP® Real-Time™ software for a wide range of power management operations in one of its flagship chemical facilities.

From a power systems perspective, Asahi Kasei’s facility – located in Nobeoka, in the Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan – is a technological marvel.  It is powered by hydroelectric and thermal power plants, utilizes both AC and DC power, and operates separate 50Hz and 60Hz grids connected by frequency changers. 

In the short term, ETAP Real-Time will be used for power optimization and visualization; simulating maintenance operations; incident playback and analysis; and optimizing balance between loss minimization and power system stability.  Future applications will include real-time energy management and intelligent load shedding. 

“The grids that power our facilities are very specialized, and require significant collaboration between our power systems and facilities experts,” said Takao Nishi, manager at Asahi Kasei Corp.  “ETAP and ETAP Real-Time provide a technological foundation that allows both engineering and operations to work in a synergistic manner.  From the design phase through live operations, the Asahi Kasei team has a thorough understanding of how to optimize our power infrastructure, both now and for the future.”

“The intricate and energy-intensive nature of Asahi Kasei's operations make them ideal environments for real-time power system analysis,” said Tanuj Khandelwal, vice president of technology for ETAP.  “Their use of ETAP and ETAP Real-Time will help them achieve lifecycle-long power system reliability and energy efficiency, while promoting facility safety for their employees maintaining their electrical infrastructure.”

About Asahi Kasei
Founded in 1931, the Asahi Kasei Group is one of Japan’s leading multinational corporations, with a diversified array of chemical, electronics, scientific, engineering, and industrial businesses operating in 19 counties. 2012 revenue from its nine core subsidiary companies was ¥ 1.7T ($16.4B USD).  Founded in 1972 and based in Tokyo, Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp. is the engineering subsidiary responsible for facility planning, construction, operation, and maintenance.  Visit asahi-kasei.co.jp for more information.

About ETAP
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Irvine, Calif., ETAP is the global market and technology leader in electrical power system modeling, design, analysis, optimization, and predictive real-time solutions.  The Company’s software technologies ensure that power systems are designed for optimal reliability, safety, and energy efficiency; when deployed in real-time mode, they enable organizations to manage energy as a strategic asset, maximize system utilization, lower costs, and achieve higher levels of financial stability.  To date, more than 50,000 licenses of the Company’s ETAP and ETAP Real-Time products have been used in demanding generation, transmission, distribution, and industrial power system projects around the world.  Visit ETAP.com for more information.

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