Independent power producer Neoen has selected software vendor QOS Energy’s latest operations and management (O&M) platform to monitor the performance of the 315MW Hornsdale wind project in Australia.

Comprising 96 units of Siemens 3.2MW wind turbines, the Hornsdale windpower project is being developed in three stages.

Neoen has integrated QOS Energy's International Electrotechnical Comission (IEC) compliant energy management software as a service (SaaS) Qantum to monitor the two first stages of the project.

Neoen requires no additional hardware or system installation onsite to run the software, which enables a quick and cost-effective set-up of data acquisition.

The platform collects data generated by each wind turbine and analyses them for all measured values using a secure virtual private network (VPN) connection.

"We can monitor the windfarm’s operational and financial performance as soon as each turbine is installed onsite."

QOS Energy’s Qantum is capable of working with every kind of wind turbine, communication standard, or database connection protocol.

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Neoen's Australia operations director Laurent Francisci said: “We are very pleased with the first-class service provided by QOS Energy for this project.

“We can monitor the windfarm’s operational and financial performance as soon as each turbine is installed onsite.” 

The engineering team from QOS Energy has provided performance indicators and key performance indicators (KPI) for the entire farm, as well as custom operating dashboards for each user type.

Once fully commissioned, the Hornsdale project will be one of the largest windfarms operating in Australia.

Image: Wind turbine. Photo: courtesy of Neoen / Siemens.