Japanese energy firm Jera Co. unveiled Tuesday an efficient power plant management system utilizing cutting-edge digital technologies such as an industrial metaverse and generative artificial intelligence.
The joint firm between a Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. unit and Chubu Electric Power Co. will introduce the system to its Anegasaki thermal power plant in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, on a trial basis later this month.
Jera developed the Digital Power Plant system together with U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp. under a strategic partnership deal they signed last month.
The system features Microsoft's generative AI and digital twins integrated with an industrial metaverse as well as Jera's operational know-how, enabling quick finding of solutions to problems and ensuring efficient plant management.
Specifically, the generative AI digs into past glitch cases and comes up with solutions in a second while plant staff are working with engineers in and outside Japan at a virtual plant created by the digital twin and metaverse technologies with a language translation function attached.