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Automation solutions for energy and infrastructure

In the energy and infrastructure industries, automation software such as zenon from COPA-DATA offers sector-specific advantages to keep your energy utility on top. From power generation to distribution and smart grids, a number of well-defined industry standards, such as the ISO, ISA, IEEE, IEC and so forth, ensure the reliable operation of electrical utilities. As these standards evolve, new IoT- and cloud-driven solutions are finding their way into modern utility operations. These advancements, altogether, are enabling fully digitalized energy assets, unlocking tremendous efficiency potential and creating new business opportunities.

 

 

Navigating current challenges in energy supply

Advancing technology, the introduction of digital business models and the integration of renewable energy have brought new challenges to the energy sector, as digitalization and the associated services have increased demand for power. While utilities can deploy digital solutions to manage complex systems and increase their energy efficiency, they are often challenged to find renewable resources with a smart grid solution to embrace a more digital future and the rising global energy demand. Whether you work in renewable energy, energy storage or another part of the industry, systems must evolve to meet growing demand.

 

Some of the current challenges industry players must navigate include:

  • Scalability: As worldwide energy demand grows, your infrastructure needs to scale quickly and cost-efficiently to keep up. In addition, as the industry standards evolve and solutions outgrow the limits of conventional technology, you need a modern software platform to be able to sync on all levels of your business process. zenon Energy Edition scales with your organization, improving productivity even as you grow.
  • Security: As the energy industry modernizes, facilities require reliable IT-based communication networks and more remote connections. These connections enable remote monitoring and other vital processes, allowing access to external facilities and control rooms. As a result, it is more important than ever for facility operators to safeguard their networks using appropriate security technology. With top-of-the-line security features such as role-based user administration and encrypted network communication, zenon Energy Edition protects against data loss and unauthorized access.
  • Connectivity: Energy suppliers must meet expectations for connectivity and communication in increasingly heterogeneous environments. zenon supports all major energy industry communication standards, including IEC 60870-101/104, DNP3 and IEC 61850.

 

Overcoming these challenges can help ensure long-term success. That's why it's essential to choose automation software designed to accommodate each industry-specific challenge the future presents.

 

 

Advanced digital technology crafted to achieve objectives

zenon Energy Edition is a comprehensive software platform developed for the automation and control of power generation, transmission and distribution systems. zenon includes the features you need to meet scalability, security and connectivity challenges. The powerful integrated platform also includes features that allow you to improve operational efficiency and lower project costs.

 

zenon Energy Edition offers solutions for six primary areas:

  • Substation automation: Use zenon Energy Edition to easily and securely operate an automated substation, either locally or remotely.
  • Renewable energy: Whether you're generating energy with solar power equipment or managing a wind park, zenon provides full visibility into your renewable energy operation.
  • Hydropower plants: Hydropower plants benefit from zenon Energy Edition's comprehensive reporting and large driver library, which allows you to easily connect all subsections of a plant.
  • Energy storage: Manage multiple energy storage systems and substations from a single application, keeping implementation costs low and simplifying communication.

 

Project creation and system use made easy

zenon Energy Edition makes project creation and system use easy for utility companies. As an out-of-the-box solution, zenon allows you to launch large projects quickly, without extensive engineering. Both zenon Editor, the engineering environment used to create projects, and zenon Runtime, the environment used to run projects, provide customizable interfaces and templated applications, so users can work efficiently.

 

Some other benefits of using zenon in the energy and utility sectors include:

  • A robust and secure system supporting a vast array of redundancy and systems hardening measures
  • The highest backward compatibility of the engineering and runtime systems
  • Easy creation and customization of projects from templates and external data models
  • The ability to integrate with a wide range of hardware
  • Rapid analysis and troubleshooting by playing back recorded data with the zenon Process Recorder

 

Optimize your power and energy management with zenon

With the growing energy demand and advanced technology creating new challenges for utilities, you need to find automation software solutions designed to meet the energy sector's complex needs. As a hardware-independent software platform, zenon Energy Edition can help you improve your power management and compete in the evolving electric utility landscape.

 

As an independent software developer, COPA-DATA listens to customer needs and can develop additional features to meet their requirements. To learn more, contact us online today.

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