Recently a university in Taiwan was experiencing dramatic power usage increases due to its growing number of campus buildings and students. Aiming to analyze their power consumption and increase their power efficiency across 52 buildings, the university wanted to build a power management system utilizing web-based hardware and software. With these goals in mind, they contacted Advantech to help them develop their system and provide them with the means to save energy in the years to come.
Elite Energy Systems engineers cogeneration solutions for the commercial and industrial industries. Elite’s combined heat and power solutions are customized to the end-user and significantly reduce energy costs (electrical and/or gas), emissions, and carbon footprints. Elite also provides other products and services in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency including, an interactive control system, custom fabrication and packaging, biogas systems through its subsidiary Cow Power, Inc., and technology integration solutions (modular/mobile server backup facilities, organic Rankin cycle generators and natural gas pipeline pressure let-down generators just to name a few).
The world’s electricity system is undergoing profound changes for a number of reasons: among them the sharp rise in electricity consumption in emerging markets, the increase in producers connected to the network due to the liberalization of the electricity market, and the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources due to new greenhouse gas emission goals. At the same time, the electrical system must continue to meet the stringent requirements of quality and service, keeping the balance between supply and demand, and maintaining both safety and security at all levels. To meet these requirements, the electrical system is evolving in several areas, in particular in transmission and distribution, data collection and communication, and in applications and services. Smart grid technology deployment is taking place on all these levels in an attempt to modernize the network and respond to ongoing changes, while meeting the requirements of safety, quality and stability.
Swansea Metropolitan University (SMU) based in South Wales (UK), has been a major centre for the delivery of vocational higher education since 1853. The University employs more than 500 staff and teaches more than 6,000 students. The Welsh Assembly (Welsh government) sets energy targets for large organizations to achieve and by doing so they receive some form of rebates or benefits. So recently the university commissioned a new energy saving system which combined a Target and Monitoring (T&M) and a Building Management System (BMS) which needed to be custom built to specific requirements. This was implemented by Highland Services, as well as the University M&E maintenance company with SCADA software
Over the next ten years China is predicted to be one of the major smart grid markets. This is not only because of the country’s rapid economic growth but also because of the vigorous promotion of the government’s energy policy. According to China’s master plan, the massive smart grid plans aim to improve the efficiency of the existing electricity grid, manage power demand so as to: avoid outages and overloads, expand the grid to provide electricity to rural areas, and connect the power-generating facilities in the barren west of the country to the heavily populated east coast. As a result, the traditional substation system, which is the key building block of smart grid, is unable to meet such control and monitoring requirements. In order to improve
Solar power is a hot topic these days and many governments even offer subsidies to accelerate its acceptance. However, one of the primary obstacles holding back the popularity of solar power is its inefficiency: the quantity of solar power energy is relative to the angle of sunshine and non-concentrating flat panels generate low amounts of electric power directly from the sun. Therefore, to increase the amount to sunlight captured, solar tracking technology is increasingly being applied as a more efficient solar power generating solution because it can collect solar energy for an increased period of time as the sun's position shifts through the day and with the seasons. In order to obtain the maximum amount of energy from each panel, such solar tracking system needs a powerful embedded PC as its core to conduct complex data analysis and calculation to accurately control the system as well as implementing a redundant architecture to ensure its reliable operation.
Our customer is a local system integrator with extensive experience in the photovoltaic market. Their customers are mainly, but not exclusively, public utilities (not only Italian ones) who are involved in this market area and applications. One of their main focuses is solar inverter manufacturing, which brings them most of their business. Recently, their business has grown more and more in this area and thanks to strong demand for environmental applications that growth is expected to continue. For this specific application, the customer was looking for different PC controllers based on the specific requirements of the plants, as well as one single and trusted partnership with an experienced and consolidated brand that can provide added value.
To ensure that customers’ equipment isn’t damaged, electricity suppliers need to ensure that the voltages delivered to customers are at an even level. They achieve this by the continual monitoring of the supply equipment.
As many energy companies seek to reduce their footprint on the environment, more efficient power and energy generation is becoming a critical issue. In the power generation and distribution market, maintenance-free power backup systems and IEC 61850-based power transmission & distribution systems improve energy generation and distribution efficiency. Power substations are subsidiaries of electricity generation systems where voltage is transformed from high to low or reversed using transformers. Nowadays, multiple protocols, including many proprietary protocols with custom communication links exist for substation automation and interoperation with devices from different vendors would be a huge advantage to users of substation automation devices.
The Hsinta Power Plant is a large thermal power station located in the Yong-an township of Kaohsiung County. To take advantage of its geographical position in southern Taiwan, Hsinta has begun developing an expansive solar power facility with a 1 megawatt capacity as part of the government’s effort to tap into new renewable energy technologies.
China's national wind power capacity is expected to reach 30 million W by 2015. By conservative estimation, China's wind power capacity will be up to 80 million W by 2020. The dramatic increase in the number of wind power plants thereby requires a great number of wind farm information management systems and remote wind turbine monitoring systems. Since these systems are used in harsh environments, they need the support of managed industrial Ethernet switches with wide temperature ranges. Recently, a large manufacturer of wind power turbines purchased Advantech's EKI series as the main network switches for its management system.
The Sun is a huge source of abundant power, sending nearly 10,550 EJ of energy to the Earth every day. This is more energy in one hour than all the combined cities of the world use in one year. To try and harness this magnificent power, many countries have been investing in solar technologies for over 30 years. Today’s solar thermoelectric systems include reflectors, mirrors, heat insulating absorbers and advanced motion control technology. Advantech’s own Industrial Wireless Ethernet products are a perfect fit for many such applications due to their great performance, reliability and ruggedness.
Taiwan is located in a subtropical zone with high temperatures and large rainfall. On average, between three and four typhoons hit Taiwan every year, providing much of the island's water supply, but also causing damage, flooding, and landslides. In order to reduce the occurrence of disasters and protect all citizens, the government commissioned an academic institution to conduct the long-term monitoring of debris flow by using technological products to detect changes in the environment. However, these expensive devices must be placed in mountainous areas or at the upper reaches of the river, often resulting in damage when a disaster occurs, and sometimes causes millions of NT dollars of loss. With this in mind, the Taiwanese research institute plans to adopt wireless devices with distributed architecture to more accurately acquire real-time data as well as reducing the risk of equipment loss.