In recent years power plant reliability has been identified as top industry concern; it is the main driver for technological upgrades.
Over the years, and with the advent of more, smaller, renewable plants, former base load dedicated plants have had to adapt. A typical fossil fuel plant must now operate in AGC (Automatic Generation Control), cycling as required by the grid to balance power variations of less predictable renewable sources and ensuring grid stability. A consequence is more thermal wear and stress on mechanical equipment.
Investing in technology with high resolution, precision data collection and superior diagnostics capabilities will increase plant reliability, availability and reduce operating and maintenance cost.