In total, 9REN currently generates more than 99,000 megawatt hours of electrical power every year and, based on its global growth objectives, that number is expected to rise with each morning sun.
– Eventually the world will
shift its energy dependency from fossil fuels to renewable sources of power. As the price of crude oil and natural gas continues
to rise with global demand, geopolitical instability and the approach of peak oil,
new ventures are leveraging inexhaustible sun and wind power to offer clean and
renewable energy alternatives for lighting our homes and powering business.
Group designs, develops, builds and operates renewable turnkey power plants
using photovoltaic, solar thermal energy and wind
manage and monitor its photovoltaic plant facilities, 9REN created EOSystem, a
solution built on Wonderware System Platform. EOSystem is a real-time monitoring technology
that provides instantaneous information from all photovoltaic installations operated
by 9REN throughout Europe and the Middle East.
As a result, 9REN has considerably reduced the cost of its field
Delivers the Total Picture of Power Production
Wonderware System Platform is the delivery mechanism
for enterprise control, and consists of the components
necessary to provide a true aggregated view of information across an
organization, enabling a robust foundation for collaboration between people,
processes and systems.
System Platform provides a single,
scalable software solution for all the SCADA, supervisory HMI and MES needs for
monitoring 9REN’s renewable power-generating installations.
System Platform also provides a simple
upgrade path for easily adding new software and hardware to the system from any
third-party vendor. By including an
industrialized application server, a powerful historian server and an
easy-to-use information server, System Platform easily tackles demanding,
precision-driven real-time power generation activities.
9REN leveraged System Platform to save
time by creating standardized, reusable templates, which resulted in reduced
training time and lower costs
benefit of System Platform was its ability to help power plant managers achieve
higher levels of consistency and quality across its entire “grid” of
photovoltaic and wind installations.
five servers, System Platform controls all of 9REN’s installations. Two servers act as redundant object servers
with one controlling the plants in Spain and the other controlling operations
in Italy. A third server is for historic
information and operates the historian database.
The historian is a high-performance real-time
database for power generation information and is designed to collect a wide
variety of plant data, at full resolution and very high data rates. Delivery of this vital information ensures
that decision-makers at all levels have the information needed to take steps
needed to ensure maximum operational efficiency.
Another server provides
visualization via Wonderware InTouch HMI. InTouch
empowers 9REN to quickly and easily develop custom graphical views of its
real-time power generation processes. As
an open and extensible HMI with high-end graphical capabilities, the software
provides the power and flexibility needed for advanced application design with
connectivity to a broad range of systems and devices.
the help of Wonderware, the EOSystem has delivered tangible benefits for 9REN. For example, while the 6-megawatt
photovoltaic plant in Bella, Italy generates electrical power, the EOSystem
transmits valuable information via satellite to 9REN’s Madrid office. The plant, located in southern Italy near
Rome, consists of an extensive array of 30,000 solar panels with 12 inverters to
convert the DC-generated solar panel electricity into the AC power required to
run homes and businesses. The solar
power facility has extensive monitoring tools to measure generated energy in
real time and stations to record local weather conditions, enabling managers to
anticipate reduced power generation due to cloudy or inclement weather.