Newsletter – May 2019

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Take informed action immediately with RMS real-time notifications

Enhanced tools enable owners, managers and operators to be more proactive, armed with information that helps them take prompt action.

Featuring a powerful condition-monitoring engine that processes real-time stream data and historical data, RMS allows you to configure several types of conditions and rules from turbine status transitions to stops and warnings.  This feature provides instant notifications about relevant stops and critical alarms across the entire fleet.

Our flexible built-in and customizable alerts can combine any KPI, metric, and analog or digital signal as an input, either acquired or calculated. These inputs also can be used to analyze portfolio data and pinpoint anomalies.

You can select the power plants, turbines, inverters or electrical systems to be tested for conditions and alerts, and define target groups of users to receive related notifications. The notifications can be received via the intuitive management workflow schemes built into the notification center, the RMS mobile app or even a simple email.

The condition configurator tool enables you to highlight particular events such as icing conditions, nacelle misalignment, underperformance, or a component’s abnormal behavior, empowering you to take the right course of action at the right time.

RMS at Wind Europe 2019 (April 2–4)

In April, our RMS experts were in Bilbao, Spain to attend Europe’s premier event for the wind energy industry—Wind Europe 2019.  During the three-day event, we had the opportunity to mingle with many industry experts who came from all over Europe and beyond.

A big thank you to everyone who dropped by our stand to learn more about RMS, including our brand new RMS Predict functionality. The demo generated a lot of interest from renewable energy producers keen to avoid prolonged downtimes and costly replacement operations. We’ll be following up with you over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on your inbox!

Predict turbine failures using SCADA data

We are collaborating with an RMS client to build a proof of concept related to our new Predict module. Using the client’s wind-based portfolio, we are identifying failures that:

  • Occur frequently
  • Affect a large number of turbines
  • Cause prolonged downtimes

By combining the expertise of our client’s plant staff with the information provided by the RMS analytics module, we have identified the failures which fall into the above categories, and the plants and turbines where they occurred most often, within a single turbine brand.

We used the RMS data export tools to collect the event and sensor histories of these turbines, and divided them into two groups. In the first group, we used historical data to train classification models using various features, algorithms and parameters. Data from the second group was used to test the trained models across specific time periods ranging from six hours to six months in the future.

As a result, we have been able to identify several predictive models with high levels of accuracy and precision and quantified the benefits of running these models on the affected turbines in relation to downtime and maintenance costs.

As next steps, we foresee deploying the validated algorithms across all the turbines of this specific make and model, and training new predictive models for the other turbine brands in the portfolio.

We’ll keep you posted on our progress!

RMS at Wind & PV Operations in Dallas (April 16–17)

Last month, our RMS experts from Portugal crossed the Atlantic to attend two important events on the North American renewables industry calendar: Wind Operations Dallas and PV Operations Dallas.

With over 700 experts and decision makers in attendance, it was an ideal opportunity to discuss the current challenges facing the renewables industry in this part of the world. 

Across North America, wind installations are forecast to rise substantially in the coming years, from 8.3GW in 2018 to 10.8GW in 2019 and 11.9GW in 2020. Solar PV installations in the U.S. alone are expected to exceed an installed power of 10GW in 2020, up from 6.2GW in 2018.

Global renewables giant EDPR is currently using RMS to monitor and control their 12GW portfolio of wind and photovoltaic assets, more than half of which are located in North America. 

At the conference, asset owners with mixed wind and solar portfolios expressed interest in partnering with CGI to emulate this seamless integration of renewable assets in a single system.

If you’d like to see RMS in action, do ask us for a demo.

WATCH OUR NEW RMS VIDEO

CGI’s award-winning RMS solution has been delivering value and innovation to the renewable energy industry for more than 15 years. Take a look at our new video which summarizes how the four key RMS modules—Monitor, Operate, Analyze and Predict—can boost renewable energy production and your bottom line.

Watch the video here

NEXT TIME…

In the next edition, we’ll share more about the industry-specific operator console used in conjunction with the RMS Operate Plus module. Also, learn how RMS can seamlessly integrate your wind and photovoltaic assets into a single system and how it cleverly combines historical and real-time data with future predictions to support supervision in a control room environment.

One of CGI’s mission-critical IP solutions for the utilities industry, RMS is a complete suite for real-time monitoring, control and maintenance of different renewable power plant sources, including wind, solar and hydro power, and analytics for superior management of operational performance. Read more here.

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