Control and remote monitoring of power generation based on renewable energies and fuel cells
MissionThe Aeropila project, developed by the engineering company BESEL, offers a clean, innovative and nonpolluting power solution to ensure the future of power generation in a context in which it is essential to make changes to benefit our environment. Aeropila is an electricity generation plant integrating renewable energies (photovoltaic and wind energy) relying on weather, for the production and storage of hydrogen, and incorporating a fuel cell. It generates electricity in a completely clean cycle. The original idea was based on closing the hydrogen cycle; in other words, a system capable of:
- Producing power by means of photovoltaic plates and a wind turbine which allows the energy needs of a particular load to be covered, including the various components for the plant, since it is operates with complete autonomy. Whenever there is an excess of production, the remaining energy is stored as hydrogen by means of a process of electrolysis (dissociation of water into hydrogen and oxygen by applying electricity) and the hydrogen is stored in pressurized cylinders.
- Whenever there is no excess of production of renewable energy, the stored hydrogen is used, transforming it again in electricity by means of a fuel cell, and it is employed to cover the energy demand of the load to which energy is being supplied by means of the generating plant.
SolutionAn engineering firm from Vallisoleta specializing in industrial applications, Proxima Systems, proposed the development of a remote monitoring system especially designed for Aeropila, which may be extrapolated to any type of industrial facilities. The system includes Axis network cameras as a value-added complement to carry out process control in the testing area authorized by BESEL. The facility is monitored by two AXIS 207 Network Cameraswhich are especially fast for remote indoor monitoring applications, and an AXIS 221 Day & Night Network Camera for the external surveillance of the perimeter. The monitoring tool developed by Proxima Systems also includes a web viewing interface to make inquiries via a computer, with multi-platform support (Linux, Mac OS X and Windows) and a simplified WAP interface to make inquiries from a mobile phone or PDA.
ResultThe experience gained after one year of operation shows that the facility is perfectly capable of supplying power continuously. The monitoring system, in addition to offering a greater level of security for the facility, contributes to more precise control and widens the access capabilities with the possibility of sending alerts if necessary and executing security protocols automatically. Another outstanding feature of the system is the capability to perform tests and manage the maintenance of the area under investigation remotely, avoiding travel to areas that are difficult to access.
Related linksAXIS 207 Network Camera
AXIS 221 Network Camera