In Hall B, Booth H20 at the EWEA 2013 from February 4-7, 2013 in Vienna, B&R will be demonstrating how innovative automation systems can significantly contribute to cost reductions. Optimising mechanical components through the use of intelligent safety systems is one way to considerably increase operational safety across the board. As a provider of integrated safety technology, B&R will be demonstrating how the new safety requirements for certification of wind power systems in the GL 2010 guideline can be implemented in an efficient and economical manner.
The safety system is based on the open, fieldbus-independent safety standard openSAFETY and can be seamlessly integrated with all standard controllers. In addition to digital I/O, it also provides analogue or temperature interfaces as well as safe speed measurement up to SIL3 and performance level e.
An additional trade fair highlight on display will be the X20 control system. Because the system is highly robust, it is suitable for mastering the extreme conditions associated with offshore wind power systems. Modular redundancy - e.g. for the main controller, the safety system and the real-time Ethernet POWERLINK fieldbus - maximises the availability of the system, making time-consuming and costly application re-engineering a thing of the past. In addition, B&R's intelligent condition monitoring system is easy to use, and makes it possible to coordinate maintenance more effectively to avoid system downtime.
The scalable APROL process control system allows efficient manufacturer-independent management of entire wind parks - from just a few systems all the way up to large parks that include many thousands of systems with an additional higher level hierarchy. Integrated data management, reporting with unlimited configuration possibilities and Audit Trail - for certified logging of all interactions - are included as standard features. Several algorithms for things like park power management can also be easily implemented and executed on the process control system.
Code generation for MATLAB/Simulink makes it possible to transfer sophisticated control algorithms to B&R systems that maximise energy yield while minimising the load on machine components with a simple click of the mouse. This is but one way of meeting the challenges presented by wind turbines, a crucial technology as we move into the future. At the 2013 EWEA trade fair, B&R expert automation specialists will once again be placing the focus squarely where it belongs - on quality, availability and overall safety. For more information, please visit www.br-automation.com.