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08/29/2017

zenon Energy Edition: software innovations for the digital energy industry

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With zenon Energy Edition, we are offering a software system for utilities and grid operators that will equip them to meet the specific requirements of a smart digital energy industry. The very latest product enhancements, including Command Sequencer and Process Recorder, improve ergonomics in energy automation applications.

With zenon, we are offering both our private customers and those in the public energy and infrastructure sector a modern system that is able to support many different areas of application. The solution on offer supports the automation of substations, hydropower plants, and wind farms. Its focus is on monitoring and optimizing electricity grids, interconnecting energy storage systems, and controlling equipment for the generation and distribution of renewable energy.

 

zenon is frequently implemented in substation automation. zenon technologies are used for on-site operation (HMI), at control center level (SCADA), and as gateways. We are also developing proprietary communication stacks for important international standards, including IEC 61850 (Edition 2), IEC 60870, IEC 61400-25, DNP 3, Modbus Energy, and ICCP. This enables quick expansion and the optimal maintenance of drivers.

 

The very latest zenon Energy Edition product enhancements

 

Easy configuration, testing, and execution of command sequences

The Command Sequencer is a new module that has been integrated into zenon to facilitate the easy configuration, testing, and sending of command sequences. In so doing it increases the efficiency of operators and, as a result, makes supply more secure. The command sequences for the automation of substations are configured in a user-friendly editor. The individual commands in a sequence are simply arranged one after another. Operators can use the module intuitively with no need for programming knowledge. The system can be "taught" certain command sequences. It is also possible to perform testing in a simulated environment and changes can be made directly. PLC programming is not necessary. This ensures accuracy, efficiency, and flexibility.

 

Fully traceable processes

The Process Recorder module is also new. It records process data in full and can then make it available on request in the process visualization at a later point in time. Past processes can be played back, forwarded or reversed step by step, or stopped, as often as you like. The findings gleaned in relation to possible causes of errors can be used to increase effectiveness and quality. The improved traceability of complex processes in electricity grids or substations supports grid operators in maintaining critical infrastructure reliably.

 

Quick location of statuses and errors

zenon supports a new option for combining data from geoinformation systems (GIS) and zenon visualization. With the GIS editor and GIS control, users can display electricity grids in the zenon visualization in geographical mapping material. Current statuses, such as alarms, are shown on the map directly. Users can thus localize certain states and events more precisely and handle alarms more efficiently.

 

Another new feature in zenon is the impedance-based fault locating. Using the impedance measured (alternating current resistance), it is possible to localize errors in the grid with great precision. The employees at energy supply companies can thus react quickly and with focus, thereby significantly reducing power outages.

 

A comprehensive overview of the possible applications of zenon in the energy sector is available here.