Europe’s energy transition means “combining more, often smaller scale, power sources into an intelligent network and maximizing the efficiency of each one”.
That’s according to Morteza Seraj, director of Process Automation at Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation – European Business Group.
At POWER-GEN Europe in Cologne, he said that “due to the energy transition process, distributed control is currently a major theme across industrial automation and infrastructure as a whole”.
“Moving control intelligence out from a central point and onto the plant floor or across a wider network allows for more flexible operations, lower costs and greater efficiency. All of which are desirable for both consumers and operators in an industry where many more power generation sources are now in direct competition.”
Mitsubishi Electric is showcasing in Cologne what it calls its “scalable and individual solutions for the automation and electrical needs of the whole sector”.
Seraj said: “We are individually servicing customers who are managing existing plants, constructing a new plant, upgrading an existing plant, or working to integrate and balance a number of different energy sources.”
Mitsubishi Electric said that some of the most important requirements for power generation in the energy transition period are increased flexibility and greater efficiency for staying competitive.
Among the technologies the company is offering at POWER-GEN Europe are scalable plant automation solutions for the optimisation of different sized power plants, and virtual power plant innovations that can support the transition from traditional energy generation sources to renewables and electrical balance of plant solutions.
PMSX®pro is a large-scale power plant DCS system which Mitsubishi Electric said delivers “significantly increased availability, efficiency, expandability and flexibility”.
“It provides harmonisation of control hardware with other networked resources, systems and software. This process management concept adapts to the plant‘s process engineering structure: by arranging the plant horizontally into function units with specific control and automation tasks, it allows for upgrades and changes to be made seamlessly – while supporting ongoing efficient control of generation and output.”
Meanwhile, PMSX®micro is a control and visualisation system based on the larger ‘pro’ system, but designed specifically for use on smaller scale facilities such as renewable energy plants. It runs on a single automation server yet Mitsubishi Electric said it “delivers large plant levels of control with easy operating screens for set parameters and alarms”.
The company added that “due to recent ambitious European sector objectives, the industry is facing a challenge to affect a changeover to using more renewables. This creates a direct need for power generators, operators and large end users to manage a combination of variable power generation sources and coordinate them so that they work as one harmonised ‘virtual’ power plant’.”
Mitsubishi Electric has developed what it says is “a holistic ‘virtual power plant’ solution that combines a range of intelligent and reliable products to deliver overall efficiency, reliability and control.
“Each solution is designed to meet individual requirements and function independently of the specific type and number of control requirements. Every source can be included in the VPP from conventional power generation resources to renewables as diverse as geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, hydro and biomass.”
At POWER-GEN Europe you can meet Mitsubishi Electric at stand V45 in Hall 7.