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Energy-from-waste firm Enfinium creates four digital twins of facilities in ‘UK first’

by Liam Turner
Enfinium's Ferrybridge site

Energy-from-waste firm Enfinium has confirmed the creation of four digital twins, one for each of its UK facilities.

In what’s being called a “first” for the UK sector, Enfinium has partnered with Vertex Industries – which specialises in 3D manufacturing visualisation technology – with the aim of running “the most reliable facilities in the energy-from-waste sector”.

A digital twin is a virtual model designed to accurately reflect the actual state of a physical object.

Enfinium, an operator of one of the UK’s largest portfolio of energy-from-waste facilities, says its engineers now have “easy access” to interactive 3D information, resulting in enhanced productivity, a reduction in unplanned downtime, and a reduction in costs.

The firm says, that, for typical maintenance checks, digital-twin technology has delivered a 90% saving in time when compared with manual processes.

Virtual reality headsets place the wearer “inside” Enfinium’s vast boilers, helping them to better understand its state and its repair and maintenance needs.

Working with Vertex, it has taken its “enormous” amounts of 2D data set and turned it into an 3D model, which it says is “far easier” to interact with and comprehend.

Initially covering the boiler, refractory, and combustion grate elements of Enfinium’s generating units, the firm aims to steadily apply the technology to other critical equipment at each of its four – soon to be six – UK facilities.

‘Immense opportunities’

Jane Atkinson, chief operating officer at Enfinium, said: “There are immense opportunities for the energy-from-waste sector to deploy the very latest techniques in digitisation to improve reliability and enhance productivity.

“Enfinium is already one of the top performing operators in the UK, but our collaboration with Vertex highlights our ambition to be the best.

“Taking the immense amounts of data that we have regarding our plants and creating a virtual, immersive digital twin has transformed the way we think about and plan maintenance.’’

Abder Rarmaoui, managing director of Vertex Industrie, said: “For the first time in the UK, engineers in the energy-waste sector have an effective way to support their maintenance decisions.

“The predictive features of the Vertex platform allow efficient preparation of future maintenance.

“As we have seen with other customers, we are confident this will drive operational improvements as well as spur further innovation.”

Image: Enfinium’s Ferrybridge site. Credit: Enfinium

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