This collaboration will incorporate leading-edge technologies to power the next generation of innovation in power plant solutions. The initiative will introduce Microsoft technology into the heart of Alstom’s software product development, placing the company at the forefront of IT solutions for the power industry while increasing Microsoft’s strong presence as a provider of computer technologies to end users.
Alstom has chosen to work with Microsoft because of the innovation in its products and technologies as well as its proven performance, scalability, built-in security, speed and ease of development.
Alstom and Microsoft will collaborate in three areas:
- Research and development in IT and power generation control platforms, both for conventional and renewable energy
- Marketing of both companies’ products, including joint sales activities and communications programmes
- Joint business initiatives to accelerate the integration of third-party software applications.
The first applications will allow the power plant control system to be integrated with business IT applications, thus perfecting power plant operation and maintenance. For end users, this means increased ease of application and significantly improved accuracy in decision-making. The use of Microsoft technologies will allow easier integration into IT applications in areas such as condition monitoring, plant simulation, trading and risk, and metering and settlements.
Laurent Demortier, Senior Vice President of EMB, commented: “As an example, this new infrastructure will allow power plant operators to tie in their real-time plant scheduling decisions with wholesale power and carbon markets.”
Alstom sees Microsoft technology as a strategic facilitator for future smart grid** and smart power environments. Jon Arnold, managing director, Microsoft Worldwide Utilities Industry said: “We are delighted to work with Alstom and share a vision of the innovation needed to create the smart energy ecosystem of the future that will help address issues like resource adequacy and operational efficiency as well as environmental concerns.” “This initiative will allow Alstom and Microsoft to focus their expertise on developing innovative IT solutions for the power industry and, in the future, link all grid resources in a single harmonized environment,” said Demortier.
The first implementations based on the new and expanded use of the Microsoft platform will be at Alstom’s Fujairah (UAE) and Flevo (Netherlands) power plants before the end of this year.