Automation, Europe, Wind

ABB automation solution boosts Italian windfarms

Italian renewable energy operator Volta Green Energy has deployed an ABB control and automation solution on several of its windfarms.

Volta operates over 350 MW windfarms and 16 MW of solar PV. It implemented the ABB Ability e-mesh solution for distributed energy resources on five windfarms in Sicily, plus a remote control centre in Rovereto in Trento district.

“Through a single interface in our central control room in Rovereto, the northernmost tip of Italy, we can monitor and control the five wind farms included in the system which are spread across different parts of Sicily – at the other end of the country,” said Volta Green Energy founder Domenico Finco.

“This upgrade will help us to increase the efficiency and productivity of our operations and get insights into our fleet performance.”

The e-mesh system gives control room operators visibility across all field assets, enables better control and helps optimize production capacity. ABB said that it is also scalable – if more wind farm sites are added to the control centre, the same operators can manage them just as efficiently. A wind farm efficiency application enables optimal performance management for each individual turbine and prevents production losses.

Italy is stepping up its investment in renewables. The Strategia Energetica Nazionale, the country’s national energy strategy, envisions renewable power to reach 28 per cent of electricity consumption by 2030, with 40.1 TWh coming from windpower – about twice as much as in 2017.

“ABB Ability e-mesh is reliable, future-proof, and an all-in-one automation and control solution,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s Grid Automation business.

“It allows distributed energy generation installations such as microgrids and renewable power plants or fleets to better manage their operations and increase revenue.”
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