Advanticsys M2M Monitoring Solutions Enhance Kliux Energies Self-Consumption Installations

Two Spanish technology firms have joined to enable prosumers to fully optimise their energy resources.
Published: Tue 04 Nov 2014

Kliux Energies, a Spanish firm with a global presence in distributed energy solutions, has selected Spanish technology firm Advanticsys’ remote monitoring technology to manage their renewable-energy generation facilities.

Kliux Energies, its focus on developing technology solutions for energy generated onsite, tailor-makes solutions to meet client’s specifics needs. The firm has global exclusivity rights to manufacture and sell the Kliux Zebra vertical-axis wind turbine (developed by Geolica Innovations) which also integrates into hybrid systems with solar photovoltaic technology.

By combining a vertical axis wind turbine from Kliux Energies and solar photovoltaic panels, customers can make the most of the resources offered by the sun and wind, allowing them to fully optimise the power generation hours.

Regardless of the season or weather conditions, the dual wind solar system will supply the power needed throughout the year. It also reduces customer dependence on the central power grid, a real winner for those customers who are looking for greater energy security and reduced electricity bills.

Managing on-site power generation

To make it easier for remote tracking and monitoring of the facility, an Advanticsys MPC-143 controller, equipped with a built-in GSM/GPRS modem, has been set up for remote telemetry which virtually covers 100% of the area by taking advantage of the cellular network deployment.

The MPC-143 controller is connected to inverters supporting RS232/RS485 protocols (depending on the inverter’s brand) which periodically performs readings for each and every value provided by the manufacturer, both for instantaneous measurements (voltage, current or power) and cumulative values (active or reactive power, produced and consumed), set-up parameters, status indicators and active or recorded alarms.

It is also feasible to connect a power analyzer to a RS485 serial port in order to monitor electrical parameters in alternate current (at both inverters’ outputs, wind and photovoltaic).

Besides gathering all this information, the MPC-143 controller features 4 analog inputs to record the status of switches or alarm sensors, 2 analog inputs (0-10V and 4-20mA) for any kind of environmental sensor (typically irradiance or wind speed sensors) as well as another input for PT100-type temperature sensors to record ambient temperature.

The MPC-143 registers all the required variables required for a comprehensive monitoring of the facility and may come in handy when it comes to charging small batteries (12Vcc, 7Ah) ensuring up to 72h of operation of the equipment in the event of power cut-off or breakdown in the facility. With the control screen, you can easily identify the root cause of malfunction when it occurs, thus speeding up the technical support.

Facilitating data processing and storage

Periodically registered values for each facility are registered in a centralized monitoring platform called Concordia. It is a flexible and robust software aimed at facilitating data processing and storage; while providing an easy and user-friendly interface for queries to any of the Kliux Energies facilities worldwide. Since it is also a web server, Concordia can be accessed from anywhere and from any device with Internet connection.

This agreement, which is framed within Advanticsys’ worldwide operational strategy, is seeking to give a boost to the renewable industry by harnessing its efficiency and productivity by means of M2M technology, previously implemented in other areas such as energy efficiency or environmental monitoring.