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SOAPP-CT Version 6.1 Released

Powerful Tool Integrates Technical and Financial Decision Making

Palo Alto, December 20, 2002: SOAPP-CT has been updated to Version 6.1, with Service Release 1, the first update to Version 6.0 since its initial release in January 2002. SOAPP-CT provides integrated technology evaluation/selection, conceptual design, and financial analysis of combustion turbine based power and cogeneration plants. SOAPP-CT automates the plant conceptual design process, generating heat/material balances, equipment selection and sizing, drawings and 3D models, cost estimates, construction schedules, and financial analysis.

Service Release 1 offers several updates and enhancements, including the following:

  • Performance and emission models derived from manufacturer-supplied data and equipment cost data from industry sources have been added for the GE PG6111(FA) 50 and 60 Hz, GE PG6591(C) 50 and 60 Hz, and Rolls Royce Trent WLE 50 and 60 Hz, increasing the total number of specific combustion turbines modeled by SOAPP-CT to 100.
  • Capital cost data for the major equipment including combustion turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and steam turbines have been reviewed and updated to reflect current 2002 market prices. Cost information for the major balance of plant equipment has been updated to reflect current market prices.
  • Construction schedule activities have been modified to reflect current activity durations. Users will note that construction schedules generated with the latest version are significantly more aggressive than those from previous versions of the software.
  • A new feature has been added that allows the user to save output spreadsheet reports as a comma-separated value (CSV) file. For users with MS Excel installed, these files are saved as MS Excel CSV files and will be opened, by default, with MS Excel. This option is available on each spreadsheet output report via the Save to File button (Save to File button). When this button is clicked, the user is prompted for a filename and the path where the file will be saved. Please note that the user is restricted to a limit of eight (8) characters for the filename. If more than eight characters are typed in Export Spreadsheet Data window, only the first eight characters will be saved. In addition to the spreadsheet reports, the Save to File option has been enabled for the schedule reports. This feature will allow the user to copy scheduled tasks, including start dates, finish dates, and duration, to a scheduling software (e.g. MS Project) for customized manipulation. Also added in this release is a batch save of all spreadsheet and schedule reports with just a few mouse clicks. The existing batch print feature in SOAPP-CT has been leveraged to facilitate the batch save of the reports as CSV files. A batch save is accomplished by doing the following:
    • From the Analysis Options window, click on the Open/Close Reports List button (Open/Close Reports button).
    • From the bottom of the Analysis Options window, click on the Insert All Reports button (Insert All Reports button).
    • From the bottom of the Analysis Options window, click on the Save to CSV File button (Save to CSV File button).

    After specifying the path where the files are to be saved, SOAPP-CT will run each report from the list and will create a CSV file of each spreadsheet report. Please note that non-spreadsheet-type reports (i.e. Input Checklist and Design Drawings) in the list will not be saved as a CSV file. In lieu of prompting the user for a filename, SOAPP-CT has predefined the filenames of each report, and these filenames can be found in the Help by clicking on the Reports List – Batch Save link under the Reference Information section.

  • Allowing 100% debt financing option for an IPP analysis. This feature is available when the analysis method is to solve for the capacity and energy payments.
  • Miscellaneous upgrades include:
    • Alphabetical sort of projects in the Projects Manager window.
    • Display of the 3-letter currency symbol in the output spreadsheet reports.
    • Enabling "stay in place" after component validation.
    • Improved International setting recognition and compatibility.

All SOAPP software products are designed for Microsoft Windows™. SOAPP-CT operates under Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

EPRI and EPRIsolutions provide power generation technologies, products and services focused on providing clients with a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving energy industry. The SOAPP Team develops and markets the award-winning SOAPP family of commercial software products and consults with clients around the world to identify and evaluate strategies, evaluate new power generation and repowering alternatives, and provide risk mitigation for applying advanced competitive technologies.

The SOAPP Team at EPRIsolutions developed SOAPP-CT. The award-winning SOAPP® products, originally developed by Sargent & Lundy of Chicago, IL incorporate technology developed for the electric power industry under the sponsorship of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), based in Palo Alto, CA. All commercial SOAPP products are developed, supported, and maintained by the SOAPP Team.

For more information on SOAPP-CT Version 6.1, please contact us by phone at 1.650.855.2666 or by e-mail at soappinfo@epri.com.

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