Emerson Ovation to Assist Lodestone Energy Solar PV Crops

Peter Apperley

Solar energy firm Lodestone Energy has chosen Emerson to supply superior automation options for New Zealand’s first large-scale solar photovoltaic power undertaking: a pair of 23 MW installations in Kaitaia and Edgecumbe.

Emerson’s automation structure will mix management software program and applied sciences with enterprise knowledge options to create an built-in, scalable management answer to maximise output and profitability whereas concurrently contributing to grid stability.

“Emerson’s expertise in automation software for power generation and sustainability will help us more quickly build a world-class facility, while also more seamlessly integrating with the national grid to drive successful, efficient operation over the lifecycle of the plant,” says Peter Apperley, normal supervisor of engineering at Lodestone Energy.

Lodestone will reap the benefits of Emerson’s Ovation distributed management system and new OCR3000 controller to supply management to attenuate the impression of variability and intermittency in solar PV power era. The identical applied sciences can even make it simpler for operators to rapidly reply to grid frequency occasions. Ovation enterprise knowledge options will present safe monitoring of solar PV operations from the management room or cellular gadgets, measuring, monitoring and reporting key efficiency indicators to extend visibility of plant operations.

Lodestone’s solar PV undertaking requires a number of interfaces to third-party methods, together with inverters, high-voltage switchboards, climate stations, website safety methods and grid authority distant terminal items. Ovation will act as a course of orchestration software to attach these gadgets and supply quick and intuitive visibility for operators.

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