RMS Newsletter – October 2019
First floating wind farm in continental Europe will be managed through RMS
In a major milestone for the renewable energy industry, continental Europe’s first floating wind farm will soon be ready to start producing electricity, and it will be monitored and controlled by RMS.
The groundbreaking new wind farm will have three massive Vestas V164 turbines, a model which broke the world record for power production during its prototype phase. With a swept area larger than the London Eye, each turbine has an installed capacity of an impressive 8 MW, with the three together producing enough energy to power 60,000 homes in one year.
These are the largest turbines ever to be installed on a floating platform. After in-dock assembly in Spain, the turbines will be towed to their final destination off the coast of northern Portugal, where the water reaches challenging depths of 100 meters.
When all three turbines are in place, they will be connected to the Renewables Management System (RMS) solution which energy trailblazer EDP Renewables (EDPR) uses to manage all of their renewable assets. The project belongs to the Windplus consortium, which is majority owned by EDPR, with support from Engie, Repsol and Principle Power. The cutting-edge WindFloat technology, which opens up deep water sites that were previously inaccessible to offshore turbines, has the potential to radically increase the contribution wind energy can make to global carbon-reduction targets, while reducing costs and risk factors.
European Utility Week, 12-14 November, Paris
In November, CGI will once again head to European Utility Week, to be held this year in the beautiful city of Paris. At the event, our global team of experts will showcase our proven suite of solutions for the utilities industry, including intelligent grid, central markets, smart metering, cybersecurity and augmented reality solutions, to name a few.
More than 18,000 industry professionals are expected to attend. This year, the conference will be co-located with Powergen Europe, giving you even more reason to attend!
Experts from the RMS team will also be on hand to answer your questions, and to demonstrate how our solution can transform your renewable power generation business. If you’d like to set up a meeting with our experts at the event, please click here.
RMS Operate Plus for 24x7 control rooms features Generator Detail screen
The RMS Operator Plus module responds to the challenging requirements of clients who use a 24x7 control room, where they carry out the supervision and control of a large portfolio of assets in real time.
A key part of the control room setup is the Generator Detail screen, which features detailed generator information, from manufacturer catalogue data to real-time values and historical records. If an operator finds problems in a particular wind turbine or solar inverter anywhere in the system, they can navigate to the Generator Detail screen and check the asset’s past, present and expected future operating status.
Data such as fault history, maintenance plans and real-time measurements help the user to understand the causes of the problem, while production trends, weather forecasts and predicted failures allow the operator to evaluate its impact.
Designed according to the best user experience practices, the generator timeline is a good example of how this information is displayed to the operator. It displays the recent history of the generator, from status changes and events, to planned interventions and predicted failures, in a simple and easy to understand way.
With all this information on hand, the operator can decide on the best course of action to resolve the problem. For wind generators, they can even take action directly in the command panel by stopping, resetting or restricting the turbine’s power output.
Contact us now for a live demo to see this in action!
Check out our all-new RMS brochure. Learn how each RMS module works and read about the different ways our solution can help to improve plant performance and lift your bottom line.
Click here to download the brochure.
Recap from CanWEA, Calgary
At the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s (CanWEA) annual conference held in October, CGI showcased new RMS features and also had the opportunity to meet and connect with energy experts from around the world.
With 1,000 attendees and 100 exhibiting companies converging on Calgary, Canada, our RMS experts were kept very busy.
If you missed meeting us there, just drop us a line and we will bring you up to speed on all the latest RMS developments.
In the next edition of this newsletter, we’ll give you a tour of the RMS performance summary dashboard—a user-customizable tool that enables a full scope analysis of power plants and generators, from wind to solar.
You’ll learn how to set up early detection of production deviations, visualize performance losses, and even identify the root causes of issues that have the greatest impact on production.
Don’t miss it!
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.