In the middle of Südstadt in Köln, Germany, the german energy company Rhein-Energie operates a unique power generation plant which delivers electrical power, water and district heating to the local residents. 125 years ago the historical Jugendstil buildings were build amongst the very busy Zugweg. For the local residents these buildings are a true landmark nowadays.

On some spots the industrial architecture with it’s Gothic elements has more similarities with a sacred building than a modern power generation plant. The daily operation of the power generation plant behind the venerable facades is usually closed to the public.

At the combined heat and power (CHP) plant the modern boilers, and gas and steam turbines are impressive. The turbines drive two generators; the first one delivers 13.000 kVA electrical power at 6.300 V and the second unit delivers 34.000 kVA at a rated voltage of 10.500 V. In 1891 this power generation plant was the first ever power generation plant delivering alternating current to a German city while direct current was the standard at that moment in time.

SPIT Engineers are some of the ‘happy-few’ who have given the opportunity to work at this beautiful site hier. Last week our engineers completed a mayor inspection of the main generators including our well known Electrical Machine Diagnoses (EMD) measurements. All data was uploaded to our databases and the output of this EMD measurement is a very accurate ‘life expectancy calculation’ for this generators. For this customer, our methodology was particularly relevant given that the machines must remain in operation for another three years without mayor maintenance.

SPIT’s databases are filled with relevant information and knowledge on over 130.000 electrical machines. This data gives us the ability to evolve big data into smart data. So SPIT’s advanced predictive systems help Rhein-Energie to plan their maintenance in a pro-active manner whilst our engineers can carry out their activities in a beautiful setting.