Wind Energy to Gain from Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

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Wind turbines have among others key components such as SCADA (Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition), key software for both visualisation and management processes. With the system, wind turbines are controlled and effectively managed to ensure the wind farm yields its maximum every time.

To ingrain the next generation control operations into wind farm systems, the Nordex Group is offering an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based Nordex OS SCADA EDGE that ensures their control systems and next-gen operations are set with the automatic virtual solution that doesn’t require any hardware. The IIoT platform-based Nordex OS SCADA EDGE is a joint venture between Cumulocity IoT and Software AG.

Cuts cost of wind energy production

One way wind energy production will be less costly and affordable across the board is by ensuring wind farms are operated optimally and at their best possible levels always. To accomplish this, each turbine in the system needs to be SCADA program adjusted to boost cross turbines interaction around the wind farm with the continuously gathered wind data managed and analysed in real-time vis-à-vis the conditions of the local grid.

Nordex 2 Control SCADA ensures the conditions are enhanced, which has been extensively tested and tried while the IIoT-based Nordex OS SCADA EDGE will come up with ways of ensuring lots of data is not only displayed but accessible, including other different wind farm components like battery storage and substation.

Future proof and virtual

Considering it’s merely a virtual automated system, the new SCADA program can have additional components of a wind energy farm analysed and managed through the system. Beyond the fact that it doesn’t need expensive hardware installation to work, the IIoT based system independency also means it is future-proof; it works on new generations of hardware servers.

The typical IIoT platform ensures that data processing could be decentralised and centralised. While applied on premise, NORDEX OS guarantees that the control centre is able to gather data from all over the world centrally from the Germany city of Hamburg. A good example is a Nordex OS Control Centre ability to enquire and test parameters automatically on each specific turbine while checking the plausibility of every component of a wind farm.

Years of stored data

Nordex OS SCADA EDGE has a 99.9 per cent availability due to redundant multiply systems optionally guaranteed by Nordex Group. As such, the IIoT-based system is calibrated to store the massive data but not more than five years. With parallel servers in operation, processes go uninterrupted without losses of data even if a server unit were to experience complete outage.

IIoT-based software to start operation by 2020

SCADA EDGE has been created largely for the Delta4000 and Delta series by the Nordex Group and capable of operating older turbine versions. The first installation of the IIoT-based SCADA EDGE in wind farms will take place in 2020.

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