Jirau Energia and UNIFEI (through Jirau's R&D Program regulated by ANEEL - the Brazilian power market regulator) are currently working on an R&D project to optimize the power plant operation.
The PI System is the center of the solution in development, leveraging decisive actions towards the digital transformation of the power plant. Although the optimization algorithms are still a work in progress, many applications developed either through PI Analysis or using PI AF SDK or PI Web API are already being used in operation, automating critical processes for the company.
These applications increased the readiness of data while freeing operators and engineers of "spreadsheets tasks," allowing them to focus on more complex and productive ones.
In addition, the data produced are being thoroughly analyzed using artificial intelligence techniques in order to allow the increase of optimization algorithms' effectiveness.
Mateus G. Santos was born in São José dos Campos on February 10, 1989. He received the Control and Automation Engineering degree from the Federal University of Itajuba, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2013, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Itajuba, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2018, and currently is pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the Federal University of Itajubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In addition, he was a research intern at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 2013. Mr. Santos' works with PI System on power market applications since his master's degree, and nowadays, his research interests include power systems, intelligent systems, and automation.