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Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)

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Our SCADA system collects all of the data streams from any Distributed Energy Resoures (DERs) to produce the dashboards, reports and alerts, that facilitate the optimisation and operation of the DERs. Our communication link to the DER is highly configurable which is particularly useful for remote locations where internet access is challenging. Some of the key benefits of the SCADA system include:

  • Ensure high availability of the DERs for maximisation of the productive use
  • Automation and efficient control of the DERs
  • Reduction of the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE)

Alerts & Notifications

Alerts allow you to identify problems in your infrastructure. By quickly identifying unintended changes, you can minimize disruptions to your services.

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Alerts can originate from three sources:

1

Native

The alerts are originated directly from the DERs when a pre-specified condition is met. The parameters are often embedded in the controller of the DER by the manufacturer to ensure the safe and optimal operational condition of the resource.

2

Sensors 

The ‘intelligence’ of the managed DER controller can be ‘enhanced/extended’ with the installation of 3rd party add-on peripherals and sensors connected to an SMC Mediation Device to provide additional alerts

3

SMC generated

All data ‘streams’ are monitored for out-of-band conditions and user alerts generated and despatched - parameters and thresholds are configurable by the SMC administrator

Alert rules are defined by conditions that are regularly evaluated by the system

Ability to create new alert conditions from multiple data integration

Advanced Multi Tenancy

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We have implemented advanced multi tenancy across the SMC architecture, from the cloud services through the application layers. The multi tenancy capability is advantageous for the following reasons: 

Shared use of the cloud instance

An efficient and secure way to share the cloud services amongst various organisations or groups

Organisation management

All of the SMC organisations can be managed in a single platform supporting independent release of updates and features to selected organisations

User control

Different user levels. users can belong to one or more organisations. Role based permissions and access levels

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Built for Wind Turbines

Smarter Microgrid’s SCADA system provides supervisory-level control for Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), energy storage facilities, and the consumers they supply. Our goal was to develop a lightweight and low-cost SCADA system that provides the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to ensure the effective operation of our own fleet of wind turbines. Our SCADA system is currently operation at x8 wind turbines and x3 solar PV locations.

England

x4 Vestas V39 WT
x2 Vestas V52 WT

South-Aftica

x2 Vestas V47 WT

Easy setup

The process of bringing a new DER online is virtually automated . There is no need for an engineer to perform any configuration locally. Our Mediation Device has a plug&play style installation scheme. 

1

Hardware install

The Mediation Device connects to the DER’s controller (i.e. via TCP/IP) and an internet connection for outbound communication

2

Over-The-Air (OTA) configuration 

The Mediation Device receives its application via OTA update once it establishes a secure and reliable internet connection on site 

3

Ready 

The SCADA software automatically generates new dashboards that comprise all of the selected attributes of the DER. The user can later customise or add new KPI dashboards that are more relevant to their use case.

SMC’s local software runs on inexpensive low-power computers such as Raspberry Pis, which reflects our fundamental affordable-for-all principle. The hardware cost is negligible compared to the monitored DER.

Raspberry Pi has a growing catalogue of ‘plug & play’ hardware add-ons that further increase its capabilities (e.g. vibration and noise sensors for condition monitoring.)

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