Tender for largest solar project in the Netherlands awarded


The development of the largest solar energy plant in the Netherlands has been announced.

UK renewable energy infrastructure development firm Solarcentury is partnering with Gantner Instrument Environment Solutions for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 110MW Vlagtwedde solar energy project.

The two have won a tender for the project from renewable energy fund manager Impax Asset Management.

The solar project will be built on 100 hectares of land. Gantner will provide 54 power plant controllers, a central 19’’ data logger and PPC rack for the construction of the project and control of the two grid connection points.

The PPC receives control commands from the Automatic Network Management leveraging IEC 60870 communication protocol. With the integrated touch screen of the local SCADA/HMI the power plant can be operated on-site.

The control and monitoring functions are provided with a sample rate of 1Hz. One-minute measurement values will be sent to the Gantner.webportal for daily O&M and for comprehensive power plant analytics with the latest big data technologies. The total number of acquired and calculated channels adds up to about 500 million per day and a lifetime data volume of 12 TB.

Thanks to the restful API which comes with Gantner.webportal it is easy to integrate plant data into company-wide data warehouses for unified storage and further applications. To effectively support onsite O&M, Gantner will setup an industrial Wi-Fi mesh network for smooth working processes for the service technicians. Gantner is also supplying six weather stations.