Three key benefits:
- Increased flexibility and time saving
- Continuing the energy transition during times of crisis
- Developing projects without delay
GreenPowerMonitor, a DNV GL company, provides digital tools for the management and maintenance of renewable energy assets, to optimize efficiency in the management of renewable energy portfolios and accelerate the energy transition.
Due to travel restrictions and border closures imposed by COVID-19, GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) decided to transform this limitation into an opportunity to accelerate the digital transition, increasing its remote commissioning service.
Typically GPM’s commissioning service, a SCADA-based solution, includes the installation of hardware in an energy plant, usually carried out by GPM engineers. Commissioning includes the correct wiring of the elements to be monitored into the GPM cabinet, checking power, and ensuring GPM get data from all the elements the customer needs to monitor.
DNV GL’s solution
To ensure the successful commissioning of renewable energy plants remotely, GPM developed a dedicated procedure for remote commissioning:
- Pre-programming: GPM sends all tools pre-configured so that only physical connections are required.
- Documentation: the team prepares detailed documentation with infographics to describe and illustrate all the connections to verify and check on site.
- Visual resources: GPM updates plans and installation guideless for each connection.
- Standardization: GPM performs quality controls of registered data with the GPM field installation test tool, ensuring standardization.
- Pre-verification: GPM performs meticulous checks of all the connections through photographic tests and videos.
- Audiovisual support: GPM offers non-stop audiovisual support in real time.
In the two months from March to April 2020, the team has successfully carried out 35 remote commissioning services worldwide. The service has demonstrated GPM’s ability to adapt quickly and to be able to maintain the development of projects without delay.
There are many advantages to remote commissioning, including increased flexibility and time saving. By eliminating travel, there is greater technical availability, since engineers and technicians can devote more resources to remote services.