Siemens Boosts Hydrogen Ramp-up with Generative AI

New AI tools help design, engineer and automate hydrogen plants, according to Siemens.

New AI tools help design, engineer and automate hydrogen plants, according to Siemens.

Siemens’ tools based on generative artificial intelligence accelerate hydrogen production. Image courtesy of Siemens.

To accelerate the hydrogen ramp-up, the technology company Siemens will be supporting companies in the hydrogen industry with software tools based on generative artificial intelligence. Especially in hydrogen production, these new solutions are intended to help simplify the design, engineering and automation of hydrogen production plants, enabling a quicker scale-up of hydrogen production.

Hydrogen Plant Configurator

The new Hydrogen Plant Configurator is an intelligent chatbot based on generative artificial intelligence that enables users to create plant designs for hydrogen production. In an iterative process, the configurator is fed with the desired design characteristics of a production plant. The AI then creates 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 list of important components. The data generated represents the basic concept of a plant. It 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.

“Green hydrogen is crucial for the decarbonization of industry. It will be a scarce commodity for the foreseeable future. This makes it even more important to accelerate the ramp-up of production capacities,” says Axel Lorenz, CEO Process Automation at Siemens. “Generative artificial intelligence can provide support in the crucial phases of hydrogen production to save considerable time and costs. With the Hydrogen Plant Configurator, it is easier than ever to plan and operate a more sustainable hydrogen plant and thus lay the foundation for efficient production.”

Comos AI

Siemens is also launching an AI-based tool for the project planning phase of hydrogen plants. The 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, for example for simulation software such as Simit from Siemens.

In addition, users can use Comos AI to retrieve information from engineering-relevant products—via their own prompt or suggested by the assistant. In this way, the assistant provides answers to documentation, specifications or technical details. By entering images, scans or PDFs, it can also proactively deliver relevant resources and transform them into precise diagrams and models.

AI Upgrade

To simplify the automation of processes in hydrogen plants, Siemens is launching a module for the Simatic PCS neo distributed control system: SFC Generation. The module is integrated into the process control system and can create sequential function charts (SFCs) using generative artificial intelligence. These charts provide a visual representation of process logic and allow users to manage complex workflows. 

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. 

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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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