Reconnaissance Level Cost of Cycling
Early cycling impact studies by EPRI and advanced by NREL laid the foundation for what can now be called “traditional” cost of cycling analysis. This cost of cycling estimating method has been available since the early 2000s. The new RI reconnaissance method follows a similar approach in that it defines cycling costs according to the type of cycling start or ramp (hot, warm, cold, low ramp, mid ramp, high ramp), cycling cost per start or ramp and the number of starts or ramps for a particular plant.
The major difference between traditional and reconnaissance level cost of cycling analysis is that reconnaissance level analysis does not rely on confidential data but rather relies 100% on public information and data. This includes public knowledge from published studies, reports, articles, etc. and publicly available plant hourly production data to complete a cost of cycling analysis that delivers low, typical and high cost scenario cost of cycling values.
By using public data, reconnaissance level cost of cycling estimates can be prepared with a fraction of the effort and cost of traditional studies. A moderate increase in cycling cost uncertainty is expected.
RI Cost of Cycling Estimation Procedure
The following flow chart presents the key elements to the RI reconnaissance level cost of cycling estimation procedure.
RI Cost of Cycling Library
The RI reconnaissance level cost of cycling report library is an ever growing collection of specific RI cost of cycling reports available to the public. Check out our current library or request a cost of cycling report for your plant.