Proven Solutions for Renewables

To date, wind and solar have been the clear winners of the de-carbonization trend. The distributed nature of these “farm-style” assets requires an innovative approach to information management that is ideally suited for the Internet of Things (IoT) architecture. Digitalization of the wind and solar farms requires a different information architecture due to the following characteristics of the operation:

  • Distributed: Unlike conventional generation where assets are in close proximity and contained within a plant, wind and solar farms are geographically spread out. As such, the requirements for data collection, reliable store-and-forward communications, remote monitoring and control, operator mobility and security are different.
  • Modular: Since the power generation footprint is considerably smaller, a “plug-and-play” architecture becomes key to standardization and scalability of the asset fleet. Furthermore, in an increasingly dynamic world of microgrids and prosumers (providers + consumers), ownership of these “information appliances” is likely to change hands more frequently over the lifecycle of the asset.
  • Storage: The intermittent availability of these renewable fuel sources means that connectivity to storage and distributed control over these reserves should also be factored into the IT-OT integration strategy