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Webdyn is now offering a complete catalogue of environmental accessories and sensors compatible with its Sun range.

Webdyn is now distributing accessories that are compatible with WebdynSun and WebdynSunPM gateways. Pyranometers, temperature sensors, counters, Modbus slave and irradiation sensor are some of the new products added to its catalogue in response to customer requirements.

It has become clear that in the customer relationship and user experience, customers are looking for a single contact that gives them the most complete solution possible: a package comprising a data concentrator and sensors to efficiently measure their photovoltaic installations and power plants.

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Access to accessories catalogue

To this end, Webdyn has extended its range to include environmental accessories and sensors. In addition to its WebdynSun and WebdynSunPM gateway products, Webdyn is offering various sensors in order to collect all the information from the site to be monitored such as outside temperature, temperature under the panel, increase in power consumption and sunlight levels.

The environmental sensors are connected directly to the WebdynSun or WebdynSunPM and send field data and information about the photovoltaic installation to the gateway.

The gateway retrieves all the data collected at a single point so that it can be sent to the chosen information system. It gives real time monitoring of electrical production and the effective control of your installation.

“It is important to listen to our customers' needs and, with this comprehensive catalogue of accessories compatible with our products, we can ensure simpler and more efficient monitoring of the installation and support” said Philippe Faugeras, President of Webdyn.

About WEBDYN

For more than 15 years Webdyn designs and industrialises hardware and software solutions for M2M communication on Energy, Environment, Smart Grids and Transport markets.

Webdyn is a European leader of supplying multi-protocols concentrators covering all the applications of teleservice and the monitoring. With competitive and flexible products, Webdyn covers the entire management of your distant equipments.

With proven experience, Webdyn spreads its expertise to endpoints RF and gateways PLC-G3 to respond to its customers.

Webdyn is present in several European countries and has an office in India.

For further information: www.webdyn.com

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Microgrids: The future of UK energy?

Britain experienced its biggest blackout in more than a decade this summer due to two power plant outages, leaving almost a million homes across the country in the dark. Because of this, the energy watchdog and the government have raised concerns about the grid’s ability to cope with changing energy needs and demands. Here, Alan Binning, Regional Sales Manager at energy software developer, COPA-DATA, explains how microgrids could help.

A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or collaboratively with other areas of the grid. Combining a range of generation sources with energy storage and intelligent load management, microgrids are hailed as the solution to providing reliable, economic and environmentally friendly power supply.

Historically, microgrids were associated with remote power supply – providing electricity to developing nations or extremely rural locations. However, the potential applications of microgrids spread much further. According to a report by Navigant Research, there are 4,475 identified microgrid projects in proposal, planning and deployed stages, in a variety of different applications.

Don’t believe the hype? You should. The popularity of microgrids can be largely correlated with their potential to lower electricity prices for businesses. In fact, microgrids are estimated to save between 21 and 30 per cent on current energy costs, while reducing peak power requirements.

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This is particularly important for organisations that need a high level of energy reliability, such as data centres or hospitals. For these businesses, a microgrids ability to operate independently from the larger grid — sometimes referred to as island mode — is invaluable.

Businesses owning their own generation assets can also benefit from improved energy security compared to being reliant on the larger grid. Known as demand side response, in companies attached to the national grid can be asked to reduce their energy consumption. This would not be a problem if the business is running on its own micro generation.

Microgrids can empower the user, but what’s the benefit to the larger electricity grid?

When the grid is in crisis, like Britain‘s summer blackout, microgrids can help to react to unexpected demand peaks. That said, Summer 2018 may have provided a better example. Following Croatia’s 109th minute goal during the World Cup semi-final, it is safe to hypothesise that many England fans may have immediately flicked on the kettle to drown their sorrows in a good old brew. Or, perhaps more plausibly, simultaneously fired up thousands of the nation’s pub cash registers.

During this moment, the grid will suddenly experience a surge in power demand, but not necessarily a surge in power supply. If the supply isn’t available, that’s where microgrids can sell excess energy back to the grid.

Sounds complicated, but microgrid software means it doesn’t have to be. zenon, COPA-DATA’s software platform, makes automated operation of microgrids easy. The local operator who is monitoring the microgrid would be able to provide excess energy during these periods of peak demand— balancing generation from intermittent renewable power sources with distributed, controllable generation and storage. Not to mention fulfilling England fans need for a little pick-me-up.

With the growing favourability of renewable generation sources, microgrids offer a more controllable, reliable and highly flexible solution to Britain’s fluctuating energy problem. Those looking at microgrid projects could benefit by looking outside of the traditional distribution management solutions, at platforms like zenon, that can better scale to suit these applications. Enhancing grid resilience, microgrids can help the main energy grid recover from system outages, either indirectly, by sustaining services needed by restoration crews, or directly, by helping to re-energise the macrogrid.

Either way, microgrids will be the future, helping to keep Britain’s lights on in a cost effective, environmentally friendly way.

For more information on COPA-DATA and how zenon can be used for distributed energy management, please visit the COPA-DATA website at www.copadata.com

About COPA-DATA

COPA-DATA is the manufacturer of the zenon® software platform, used in the manufacturing and energy industries for the automated control, monitoring, and optimization of machines, equipment, and power supplies. Founded by Thomas Punzenberger in 1987 and headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, the independent, family-owned company employs approximately 270 workers around the globe. The distribution of software on an international scale is made possible through the company’s eleven subsidiaries and numerous distributors. In addition, more than 240 certified partner companies ensure efficient software implementation for end users in the food & beverage, energy & infrastructure, automotive, and pharmaceutical industries. In 2018, COPA-DATA generated turnover of EUR 44 million.

About zenon

zenon is a software platform from COPA-DATA for manufacturing and the energy industry. Machines and equipment are controlled, monitored and optimized. zenon’s particular strength is open and reliable communication in heterogeneous production facilities. Open interfaces and over 300 native drivers and communication protocols support the horizontal and vertical integration. This allows for continuous implementation of the Industrial IoT and the Smart Factory. Projects with zenon are highly scalable.
zenon is ergonomic, both for the engineer and for the end user. The engineering environment is flexible and can be used for a wide range of applications. The principle of “setting parameters instead of programming” helps engineers to configure projects quickly and without errors. Complex functions for comprehensive projects are supplied out-of-the-box to create intuitive and robust applications. Users can thereby contribute to increased flexibility and efficiency with zenon.

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Brexit impact on power sector remains elusive as UK reaches final phase countdown, says GlobalData

The UK’s power industry continues to remain uncertain by unknown risks and impacts of the post-Brexit scenario. Ankit Mathur, Practice Head of Power at GlobalData, provides his view on the potential impact:

“The looming Brexit deadlock has created potential risks of higher prices for imported machinery and equipment, a shortfall in skilled and unskilled labor (given the current reliance on migrant labor from the EU), and also the ripple effects of any disruption in economic activity and decline in investor confidence.

2017 04 20 114457“The UK power industry’s growth trajectory has already derailed since the announcement of the UK’s exit from the EU. After three Brexit extensions, the power sector was haunted with the uncertainties and risks of further erosion of market attractiveness.

“Although the impact of Brexit on electricity prices remains undetermined, energy bills are likely to go up as transportation costs increase due to tariffs set by the EU. 

"The energy sector is varied, and the impact of Brexit will diverge for different players by technology across the industry value chain depending on market focus, energy products traded and the cost base.”

“The elusive future of carbon pricing, cross-border energy flows, negative investor sentiments and the potential for new energy tariffs are all among the issues under consideration that will affect the future direction of UK power market.”

  • Comments provided by Ankit Mathur, Practice Head of Power at GlobalData

About GlobalData

4,000 of the world’s largest companies, including over 70% of FTSE 100 and 60% of Fortune 100 companies, make more timely and better business decisions thanks to GlobalData’s unique data, expert analysis and innovative solutions, all in one platform. GlobalData’s mission is to help our clients decode the future to be more successful and innovative across a range of industries, including the healthcare, consumer, retail, financial, technology and professional services sectors.

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MANN+HUMMEL joins Hydrogen Council

MANN+HUMMEL, the global leading filtration expert, has joined the Hydrogen Council. As the first CEO-led global initiative of its kind, the Hydrogen Council was founded in 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. More than 80 leading energy, transportation and industrial companies are currently members. Joining forces with government policymakers, international authorities and the public, the council aims to establish hydrogen as a solution to facilitate the exit from fossil fuels and nuclear power, and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

2020 01 20 114828“We believe hydrogen plays a crucial role in limiting CO2 emissions. As a member of the Hydrogen Council, we are delighted to be sharing our innovations centered on protecting fuel cells and jointly invigorating the global debate,” says Kurk Wilks, President and CEO at MANN+HUMMEL.

The filtration expert draws on many years’ experience engineering cost-optimized system solutions to extend the life and durability of fuel cells. “Systems have to be durable, reliable and cost-effective for fuel cell technology to be widely accepted on the market. We at MANN+HUMMEL have developed an innovative air duct system for the cathode path to protect sensitive components and ensure the fuel cell has a highly efficient supply of clean air,” says Dr. Michael Harenbrock, Principal Expert Electric Mobility.

About MANN+HUMMEL

MANN+HUMMEL is a leading global expert for filtration solutions. The company group with its headquarters in Ludwigsburg, Germany, develops solutions for motor cars, industrial applications, clean air in interior spaces and the sustainable use of water. In 2018 the group achieved sales of approx. 4 billion euros worldwide with more than 20,000 employees at more than 80 locations. The products manufactured by the group include air cleaner systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, plastic components, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membrane filters.

For details on MANN+HUMMEL fuel cell products, click here.

More information on MANN+HUMMEL can be found here https://www.mann-hummel.com/

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Leroy-Somer announces AREP+, an improvement of its auxiliary winding technology for the TAL alternator range.

AREP+ significantly improves the electrical performance of equipped alternators, including gains in motor starting capacity of up to 30%.

AREP+ will be progressively offered on the Leroy-Somer TAL industrial alternator range from November 2019.

The new AREP+ system uses the output voltage of the main stator as H1 and a single auxiliary winding H3 inserted in selected slots of the main stator. The combination of these inputs is then used to power the controller, combining the power of a traditional Shunt system with the reliability and control level of an AREP system. Under the same conditions, more power is taken to supply the regulator, which increases the excitation capacity.

This excitation system is made possible by the improvements brought by Leroy-Somer to its range of regulators such as the R180 or the D350. The new regulatrors are able to process much higher voltage than with a standard AREP system without any risk for the excitation chain.

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The AREP+ system improves the electrical performance of equipped machines, especially during transient short circuit, load shedding or load impact phases.

As a result, the starting kVA performances areimproved by up to 30% depending on the generator models. This level of performance is decisive in situations where generators are used in an industrial context where electric motors must be started.

Because of its optimized design, the AREP+ technology also allows other performance improvements:

  • • Accelerated response time of the excitation chain, with an observed decrease of 20 to 30%
  • • Quicker startup of the excitation system, up to twice as fast with a theoretical start possible from 20 Hz.

"We are extremely satisfied with the performance of the AREP+ system," said Wenbin Ding, Low Voltage Product Manager "This new innovation is part of our commitment to offer reliable and efficient products with the TAL range, taking advantage of latest electric power generation technologies. It also proves that our strategy to grow our internal expertise around excitation systems is paying off."

During its development, the AREP+ system has been tested and subjected to a number of deforming loads. Under these conditions, the AREP + offers a remarkable level of performance, comparable to that which can be observed on a conventional AREP system.

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The AREP+ technology has been tested and used by some Leroy-Somer OEM customers for several months, and the first feedback from the field demonstrated satisfactory levels of performance and reliability.

AREP + technology will be rolled out over the entire TAL range before the end of the year, and on the LSA range from the beginning of 2020. It replaces the current AREP technology, which will eventually be completely replaced.

About Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation

Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation Europe and Asia Pacific (EPGE), a business unit of the Nidec Group, is a leader in industrial alternators with power ranging from 10kW to 25MW, focusing on Europe, Asia and Africa markets. With its two leading brand, Leroy-Somer and Kato Engineering, EPGE works with generator set manufacturers and electric power producers in these areas to help the industry provide reliable and efficient power solutions. EPGE has over 2,000 employees, 7 production sites worldwide and a global service network. For more, visit www.leroy-somer.com/epg

About Nidec

Nidec, the parent company of Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding, was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1973 by its Chairman and CEO Shigenobu Nagamori. In 1979, Nidec became the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a direct drive spindle motor for HDDs based on a brushless DC motor. Since then, the company has grown into a world-leading comprehensive motor manufacturer encompassing more than 300 subsidiaries employing over 100,000 people throughout the world and with annual sales exceeding €11B. Nidec's motors, drives, generators and related products are found in a diverse range of applications including computers, smartphones, home appliances, automobiles, manufacturing plants, robots and more.

For more, visit www.nidec.com