Monitoring an extensive network of renewable energy generation plants

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9REN Group designs, develops, builds and operates renewable turnkey power plants using photovoltaics, solar thermal energy and wind. The Spanish company operates some 570 photovoltaic installations, mainly in Spain and Italy. In addition to photovoltaic plants, the company has built 183 solar thermal plants as well as mini-wind installations. 9REN plants generate more than 10,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of clean energy each month.

To manage and monitor its photovoltaic plant facilities, 9REN created EOSystem, a solution built on the Wonderware® System Platform from Council member Schneider Electric. EOSystem is a real-time monitoring technology that provides instantaneous information from all photovoltaic installations operated by 9REN throughout Europe and the Middle East. System Platform provides a single, scalable software solution for all the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and supervisory human machine interface (HMI) needs for monitoring 9REN’s renewable energy installations.

From a single control center, 9REN can effectively monitor the operations infrastructure at each facility. “The Wonderware System Platform lets us access all our installations in real time,” said Antonio Palacios Higueras, services technical manager for 9REN. “Because of this, we only require one person to control the operation of all of the 568 plants, regardless of location. We also have achieved a significant cost reduction in time per designer and project.”