Siemens launches AI-based Hydrogen Plant Configurator

Siemens launches AI-based Hydrogen Plant Configurator Image credit: Siemens

Siemens has launched the Hydrogen Plant Configurator, an intelligent chatbot based on generative artificial intelligence (AI) which enables users to create plant designs for hydrogen production. The software tool is intended to simplify the design, engineering and automation of hydrogen production plants, enabling a quicker scale-up of hydrogen production.

In an iterative process, the configurator is fed with the desired design characteristics of a production plant. The AI creates seamless block flow diagrams up to precise layouts of the system units and connections. In addition, the AI can predict plant-specific key figures such as possible power consumption, heat generation and a comprehensive list of the most important components. The data generated in this way can then be transferred to engineering and simulation software such as Siemens' Comos and gProms, for example, to automatically create the piping and instrumentation diagrams.

The AI-based tool for the project planning phase, Comos AI engineering assistant, can create equipment specifications and diagrams based on natural language descriptions and automatically completes or corrects models and drawings. The assistant can also provide support during cross-domain phases in engineering or cross-product workflows by converting models, drawings, and information structures. In addition, Comos AI can retrieve information from engineering-relevant products and proactively deliver resources and transform them into precise diagrams and models.

The Simatic PCS neo distributed control system, SFC Generation module, is integrated into the process control system and can create so-called sequential function charts (SFCs) using generative AI. These charts provide a visual representation of process logic and allow users to easily manage complex workflows. This is possible based on specific prompts or by copying a prose process description into the module's chat window.

The Hydrogen Plant Configurator will be available on the Siemens Xcelerator Marketplace from the end of calendar year 2024, while Comos AI and SFC Generation are expected to be available from the beginning of 2025.

Source: Siemens