ABB modernizes Italian wind power utility

ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center

In the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations Center in Genova the wind demo is at work serving one of the main Italian wind player. (Copyright: ABB)

The renewable power company Volta Green Energy recently implemented the ABB Ability™ e-mesh™ control and automation solution for distributed energy resources. As part of the project, the italian wind farm operator updated five wind farms in Sicily that they manage, and a remote control center in Rovereto in Trento district, with ABB’s solution. Volta Green Energy operates over 350 MW of wind farms and 16 MW of solar photovoltaic systems in Italy.

Wind farms need to rely on technology for efficient operation and utilities usually need to manage sites distributed in many remote locations. To extend equipment life and to optimize production, operators must focus on asset maintenance by deploying advanced control and automation technologies and upgrading their existing infrastructure. „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, the other end of the country,“ says Domenico Finco, founding member of Volta Green Energy. „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 the field assets, enables better control and helps optimize production capacity. It is also scalable – if more wind farm sites are added to the control center, the same operators can manage them just as efficiently. A wind farm efficiency (WFE) application enables optimal performance management for each individual turbine and prevents production losses.

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