RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION
With wind and solar generation steadily on the increase the need to monitor and manage these sites is also growing. Utilities are investing more in renewable generation and optimizing and protecting those investments is becoming increasingly important. The generation sites are often in locations that make connection to high speed networks for monitoring a challenge. The Systems With Intelligence solution offers real time visualization and automated monitoring possible for remote locations with low bandwidth connections to minimize the data and charges that a utility will incur.
Connecting remote sites for video monitoring is a challenge for remote renewable generation sites. The technology and architecture to connect to remote sites with limited bandwidth is part of the Systems With Intelligence solution that provides distributed processing of data and local storage to minimize the network and centralized processing requirements. Automated monitoring and event notification directly to SCADA reduce both the bandwidth and the manpower required to monitor multiple remote sites.
With renewable generation sites being exposed to high levels of electromagnetic interference, electrostatic discharge, voltage dips/surges/interrupts and extremes in weather, it is challenging to design electronic equipment that will operate reliably and with long life. To ensure that equipment can meet these challenges the International Electrotechnical Commission, (IEC), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, (IEEE), have developed standards for equipment that is to operate in electric power environments. These standards are known as IEC 61850-3 and IEEE 1613. Systems With Intelligence designs its products to meet these standards to ensure reliable operation and immunity to the harsh conditions found in electric power applications.
Physical security of remote renewable generation sites is required to prevent theft, vandalism and for the safety of the public. Video monitoring is an important part of an overall physical security system and covers requirements of the NERC CIP Physical Security Guidelines that is mandated for utilities deemed to be part of the critical infrastructure. Systems With Intelligence solutions are designed to provide substation grade video monitoring with low bandwidth connections to remote sites.