Intelligent PV Plant Monitoring Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jun 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

Project Introduction

Beijing's air quality is infamous for its lack of breathability, and the government isn't happy, so in order to improve it the Chinese government initiated the Golden Sun Project and, increased subsidies for solar-power generation to encourage the installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems. However, the growing number and variety of PV installations, centralized management and information integration of each station are increasingly difficult to manage.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Power & Energy, Remote I/O

WISE Remote Facility Monitoring Solution for a Wind Power Plant

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 22, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Introduction

In order to reduce the dependence on traditional coal-fired and nuclear power generation, governments around the world have been actively working on the development of renewable energy. Among the various renewable energy sources, the wind power is regarded as the most mature technology, and its cost of electricity is closets to traditional power generation, resulting in a booming wind power industry. Since wind power plants are often located in sparsely populated and remote areas, in addition to the three main components (tower, blade and generators), each wind turbine has to be equipped with Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to be used as the human machine interface (HMI) for the on-site operation and to collect information for the managers in the central control room to remotely monitor all the devices on the wind farm.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Low Power Wireless Networks for Smart Irrigation Systems

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 4, 2017 9:45:00 AM

It's estimated that as much as 50 percent of irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation or runoff. This happens because most irrigation systems still rely upon simple timers. But thanks to a few Internet of Things technologies there is now a better way.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Chatting with Chuck - Episode 7: Industrial Ethernet vs. Standard Ethernet

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Catch up with Chuck while he chats with Ken Kao, Director of Product Sales Management at Advantech B+B SmartWorx. Today they dive into the differences between Standard Ethernet vs. Industrial Ethernet, what the key benefits are, and when you should use industrial over standard Ethernet.

Did you know you can listen to Chatting with Chuck anywhere? Episodes are available on Lbsyn, iTunes, and Google Play.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Smart IoT Technology for Energy Audits

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Electricity is one of the easiest resources to waste. It is typically metered at such a high level that it's difficult to be sure where it is being consumed, and by what. If you measured power consumption at a discrete level, monitoring each device or process, you wouldn't be estimating the energy cost of each item produced anymore, or the energy cost of a particular process. You'd know the exact number.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Condition Based Monitoring for Industrial Systems

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 17, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Challenge

A large construction aggregate plant operates 10 high horsepower Secondary Crusher Drive Motors and associated conveyor belts, producing 600 tons of product per hour. All heavy equipment requires maintenance, but the aggregate producer's costs were greatly magnified any time that the necessary maintenance was unplanned and unscheduled. The product must be supplied to the customers on a tight time schedule to fulfill contracts, avoid penalties, and prevent the loss of future business. Furthermore, a sudden failure in one of the drive motors would cause rock to pile up in unwanted locations, extending the downtime and increasing the costs.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Chatting with Chuck - Episode 5: Industrial Ethernet Switches

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 5, 2017 10:15:00 AM

This week Chuck is Chatting with Ken Kao, Product Manager - Industrial Networking Solutions. They discuss industrial Ethernet switches and all their capabilities including unmanaged versus managed switches, what exactly network redundancy is and how to deploy multiple switches. This is one episode you don't want to miss!

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Large Scale PV System Case Study

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 3, 2017 9:40:00 AM

Speedily deploying a stable and reliable industrial-grand wireless network system for a large-scale PV System

Project Introduction

In order to ensure that the non-fossil fuels account for 15% of China's energy consumption by 2020, the Chinese government has continued to release new energy policies to boost its domestic renewable energy use ration.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Power & Energy

Low Power Networks for Smart Parking Systems

Posted by Kari Grosser on Mar 28, 2017 9:31:00 AM

Parking systems can run up a lot of unnecessary expenses. Illumination should only be provided in areas where humans are actually present. Power hungry ventilation fans should shut down when vehicle emissions are within safe levels. Running power and data line to every sensor in the system is rarely going to be the optimal network topology. What is you could resolve these problems with some smart Internet of Things technology.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

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