Across more than two decades, TRAX has provided first principles-based, boiler implosion/furnace draft studies to the power industry. Utilities and design engineers consistently choose TRAX’s transient studies to validate their own designs and performance predictions. With TRAX’s capabilities and expertise, analysts can evaluate alternative strategies to mitigate transient events, such as trips, load rejections, runbacks, and failures of critical components.


TRAX has a superior history of modeling experience, including:

  • Hydro-electric systems, including large, multi-reservoir controls optimization and pumped-hydro configurations

  • Biomass co-firing or full biomass combustion

  • Fuel conversions of existing coal power plants to gas or other

  • Solar array additions to plant – CSP and PV arrangements

  • Utility-scale CAES

  • Fuel cells

Many companies working to meet emerging energy demands are discovering that new hybrid solutions are often the best. TRAX has proven experience and success modeling alternative arrangements. Two cases in point: TRAX delivered optimization simulations (“What if…?” scenarios) for America’s first, large-scale, integrated hydroelectric system. This project consisted of 23 turbines in nine powerhouses with six major reservoirs interconnected to produce more than 1,000 MW of power.

In addition, one of the world’s only two operating compressed air energy storage (CAES) power plants was fully modeled by TRAX with simulations delivered in the 1990’s.

Fuel Conversion and Performance Prediction

Our experienced team employs high-fidelity modeling and simulation to predict the effects of gas or biomass fuel conversions. We also can demonstrate “real world” dynamic effects of adding solar pre-heater arrays — or virtually any other equipment or arrangement — in order to optimize future performance. Our analysis capabilities are particularly useful for sizing components such as fans, pumps, bypass valves and relief devices, the operation of which is naturally dynamic.