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Discover the benefits of SCADA in Renewables

The integration of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems in the renewable energy sector of Australia is becoming incredibly important in ensuring secure and reliable energy supply.

These systems are instrumental in monitoring, controlling, and optimising the performance of renewable energy facilities like wind turbines, solar panels, and battery energy storage systems (BESS).

Key benefits of SCADA in Renewable Energy

  • Real-time data facilitates informed decision-making and early issue detection.
  • Optimised operation leads to increased efficiency and reduced costs.
  • Remote monitoring enables operations from anywhere, enhancing accessibility.
  • Early fault detection minimises downtime and maintenance costs.
  • Data analysis provides insights for performance enhancement.

By providing real-time data, SCADA systems empower operators to make informed decisions, enhancing overall efficiency and productivity. Moreover, they play a crucial role in ensuring the safe and reliable operation of these plants by swiftly detecting and addressing any potential issues.

With the growing adoption of renewable energy, the significance of SCADA systems in managing renewable resources is set to expand further.

“There are costs involved, not only equipment but the resources to run the tests, however the additional cost is quickly recouped by getting to market quicker with less risk. It is a journey the industry needs to follow – especially to maintain the speed required to meet energy transition targets.”

Mark Parker, Technical Director and Founder at EPEC Group

SCADA systems derisk Renewables

The renewable energy sector, including wind turbines, solar panels, and BESS, is growing exponentially as the world transitions towards sustainable energy. However, managing these systems, especially due to their intermittent nature, poses challenges.

SCADA can solve for these challenges by providing:

Real-time Data and Remote Control

In renewable energy systems, SCADA systems provide real-time data and control capabilities to operators, enabling them to optimise plant operation for maximum energy production while minimising downtime.

These systems collect data from various sensors measuring parameters like wind speed, solar radiation, and battery charge levels. This data aids in assessing system performance, fault detection, allowing operators to swiftly address any issues and optimise plant efficiency.

A significant advantage of SCADA systems is their ability to enable remote monitoring and control, facilitating operations from any location. This is particularly beneficial for offshore wind farms or remote solar installations.

Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Equipped with advanced monitoring capabilities, SCADA systems can detect faults or abnormalities in renewable energy infrastructure. Early detection of such issues enables prompt maintenance interventions, thereby reducing downtime and ensuring a more reliable and consistent energy supply.

Enhanced Security, Safety and Compliance

SCADA systems incorporate security measures to protect against cyber threats, ensuring the integrity and reliability of renewable energy operations. SCADA systems are critical to the safety and dependability of renewable energy plants. SCADA systems facilitate compliance with regulatory requirements by continuously monitoring and recording relevant data. This aids in reporting to regulatory bodies including AEMO and AEMC, and ensures that the renewable energy facilities comply with industry standards and environmental regulations.

Integrated SCADA Systems for Renewable Energy Assets

In renewable energy plants, SCADA system architecture is crucial for efficient and safe operation. Components like human-machine interfaces (HMIs), programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and remote terminal units (RTUs) form the backbone.

HMIs serve as the interface between operators and the SCADA system, allowing them to monitor and control plant operations. PLCs and RTUs collect data from sensors and transmit it to the SCADA system via communication networks.

Remote monitoring and control capabilities are key advantages of SCADA systems in renewable energy, especially for offshore or remote installations.


How SCADA operates across Renewable Energy Assets

Collecting data for optimisation based on wind conditions
Monitoring turbine components to predict maintenance needs
Ensuring grid integration and stability
Remote monitoring and control for offshore installations
Monitor panel performance for optimisation and ensure efficient power generation
Control inverters for grid compliance
Predict maintenance needs for system longevity
Enable remote monitoring for widespread accessibility
Optimises charging and discharging for efficiency
Monitors performance and conditions for maintenance
Enhances grid stability and reliability

As the renewable energy sector continues to evolve, the significance of SCADA systems in derisking operations and bolstering the reliability of renewable energy infrastructure remains undeniable.

Contact Neville Silvester via email neville.silvester@epecgroup.com.au today for more information. 

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