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Environment Energy

meteocontrol to perform monitoring and feed-in management for Arkolia Energies in France

German-French partnership between meteocontrol and Arkolia Energies

meteocontrol to perform monitoring and feed-in management for Arkolia Energies in France

(Source: Arkolia Energies)

Augsburg, July 06, 2017 – meteocontrol GmbH has become a partner of Arkolia Energies in Montpellier, France. The aim of the partnership is to equip all of the solar parks operated by the solar-energy company with a uniform monitoring system and to facilitate electricity feed-in. meteocontrol will integrate the existing PV systems into the manufacture-independent monitoring platform VCOM. For its new systems, Arkolia Energies plans to use the complete monitoring solution offered by meteocontrol, including hardware components. meteocontrol also developed the necessary interface with Enedis, a French grid operator, for this purpose.

Arkolia Energies has a solar portfolio of about 150 MWp of installed power. More than 400 MWp is currently in the development phase as well. To ensure that the solar systems can be efficiently and securely monitored, the company decided to work with meteocontrol. The flexibility of the monitoring system is what sold Arkolia Energies on meteocontrol: The existing systems equipped with a broad range of different monitoring systems can be imported into the VCOM monitoring portal without any hardware changes. Arkolia Energies can now monitor and manage all systems in VCOM.

„We entered a partnership with meteocontrol for one main reason: Its monitoring solution is a system with open interfaces that can be modified to meet our needs,“ said Guillaume Bringard, the O&M Manager at Arkolia Energies. In 2015, the French grid operator Enedis imposed requirements regarding the management of feed-in active power (P0) and reactive power (Q0) on energy producers. meteocontrol developed the interface that enables Arkolia Energies to meet these needs.

VCOM – all systems at a glance
meteocontrol has designed the central monitoring platform VCOM with flexibility in mind. As a result, the measurement data of components made by the widest range of manufacturers can be integrated and processed for analysis and visualization. „This is a cost-efficient solution for system operators, one that also generates real savings in operation management,“ said Martin Schneider, the Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The management of large system portfolios in particular becomes much more effective, error analysis easier and response time to system failures faster.“ meteocontrol also adapts software applications to the individual system and is developing additional remote-monitoring features for Arkolia Energies.

meteocontrol also offers a special monitoring and control solution that is designed to meet French market requirements regarding dynamic reactive power (DEIE). This solution will be used in future projects with Arkolia. „We are really excited about this partnership,“ Martin Schneider said. „Together with Arkolia Energies, interesting projects and new challenges will arise, and they will significantly increase our presence in the French market.“

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 43,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 12 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Barbara Koreis
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86157 Augsburg
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E-Mail: b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
Url: http://www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol implements uniform monitoring platform for Green City Energy

Augsburg PV service provider boosts the efficiency and returns of operation and asset management

meteocontrol implements uniform monitoring platform for Green City Energy

The PV facility at Delitzsch is one of the 25 solar parks meteocontrol integrated in VCOM. (Source: Green City Energy AG)

Augsburg, 04/06/2016 – Green City Energy AG, an alternative energy provider based in Munich, is determined to increase the efficiency and returns of the operation management in its system portfolio, which comprises about 40 MWp of installed PV power. To accomplish this goal, it asked meteocontrol GmbH to integrate all 25 solar parks into a single monitoring platform. In terms of hardware, a large share of the existing systems can be added to meteocontrol’s VCOM virtual control room without any additional work. Historical data can be imported without difficulties and used as a basis for evaluating long-term performance. With the help of the uniform monitoring solution, Green City Energy can effectively and cost-efficiently streamline its processes in operation management and asset management. Performance and returns will sustainably climb over the long term.

The migration is moving forward at full speed. Green City Energy, a subsidiary of the non-profit environmental organization Green City e.V., is now monitoring and managing most of its 25 existing systems in Germany and France on the „virtual control room“ monitoring platform. Within just a few weeks, meteocontrol will migrate the entire PV system portfolio to the uniform platform. This platform is flexibly designed, a feature that enables the measurement data produced by monitoring components made by various manufacturers to be integrated and processed for analysis and visualization. As a result, Green City Energy has to make only minor modifications to the hardware used in just a few PV systems. It can carry out the transfer to the virtual control room at minimal cost.

The cost savings produced by cross-system monitoring of the entire portfolio are significant. „Thanks to meteocontrol’s uniform platform, we spend less time each day managing our system portfolio,“ says Jens Mühlhaus, a member of Green City Energy’s board. „With the help of fast and simple error analysis, we can measurably boost our system performance.“ The company also plans to manage future solar projects on the meteocontrol platform.

VCOM: all projects under one roof
Investors and operators who, like Green City Energy, manage a large portfolio of systems frequently have to use an array of portal environments and software solutions as the number of their systems grows. Efficiency in operation management and asset management suffers as a result and hurt the system’s long-range performance. By using imports, meteocontrol cost-efficiently integrates the systems into a single platform. When necessary, the Augsburg PV service provider can develop upgrading and retrofitting solutions to create a comprehensive solution in terms of monitoring, grid feed-in management and direct marketing interfaces.

„The virtual control room is the right solution for system portfolios,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The reason for this is quite simple: Fast reaction times can be created only by bundling all projects on a high-performance platform. Managing the entire portfolio becomes a much easier and more effective proposition thanks to uniform reporting and controlling as well as time-saving analysis. In the end, we are talking about cold, hard cash that investors and operators are losing. Only optimal performance can assure long-term returns.“

About metecontrol:
meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 40,500 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 10,7 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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