According to reports, GE and Vedanta Limited have signed an agreement to implement GE’s Digital Smelter solutions at its largest smelter at Jharsuguda in Odisha, to significantly increase its operational efficiency and productivity.

This will be the first such deployment of digital twin technology at any aluminium smelter in India and is part of Vedanta’s long-term digital transformation initiatives.

The digital twin technology and advanced data analytics being deployed are expected to substantially reduce specific power consumption at the smelter. Typically, a one-percent reduction in specific power consumption based on digital smelter solutions can save about USD 4-5 million annually in the smelter potlines alone, for every 1 million ton per annum (MTPA) of aluminium production. In addition, this digital solution is expected to improve raw material utilisation, increase smelter pot life, operational efficiency, safety and reduce wastage.

Photo: L to R - Mahesh Palashikar President, CEO, GE South Asia and Ajay Kapur CEO, Aluminium Power business Vedanta during announcement of partnership for Digital Smelter