KPRO® - Designed for Engineers by Engineers

KPRO® is a program to simulate thermodynamic power plant processes. Fichtner's planning engineers have placed their trust in KPRO®'s calculation kernel for more than 30 years now. Its modern graphic user interface is designed to the latest ergonomic standards. 

KPRO® not only supports you in the planning process of a new plant, it can also be applied for upgrade planning and the re-calculation of existing plants. For existing power plants, the operating behavior is simulated in various load curves. It is therefore an indispensible tool for planners and power plant operators. Universities can use it to train their students.

Apart from power generating units for the production of electricity alone, KPRO® can also calculate industrial range-type power stations for electricity and steam supply, solar power stations and power plants in relation with thermal seawater desalination plants. The results of these cycle process calculations can be exported to Excel and form the basis for profitability calculations, power plant optimizations and operating cost calculations.

The integrated combustion calculation also allows you to determine the CO2 emissions for all operating modes.

The basis of all cycle process calculations is a heat flow diagram that contains all components that are essential for modeling. KPRO®'s topology editor has been completely redeveloped on the basis of state-of-the-art tools - combined with the comprehensive component library, topologies can be easily set up. These sophisticated technical requirements could be met through a service-oriented architecture based on Eclipse RCP.

Parts that are often used for a power plant topology, such as preheating sections, heat recovery boilers, etc. can be saved as partial topologies and imported into other topologies any time.  

The mathematical description of the cycle process is realized with the help of a non-linear system of equations that is solved numerically. KPRO® is one of only a few programs on the market working with the so-called closed-loop process. This has the effect that the simulation of the control technology is realized via the direct entry of the desired target value (e.g. temperature) in the respective pipe line. Iteration control is not required.

The results of a cycle process calculation are displayed in the heat flow diagram in data windows. In addition, users can configure their own output lists to be able to further process the results in Excel. Key figures, such as electric efficiency, energy utilization rate, etc. can be configured and output in the heat flow diagram. For topologies with heat recovery boilers, there is of course a QT diagram available.