Our OCC provides projects with SCADA database maintenance ensuring data accuracy, security and integrity. Efficient equipment is a cornerstone to energy output which is why performing hardware maintenance and software updates are so important.
Our knowledgeable staff will provide recommendations on upgrades and enhancement to the plant SCADA system ensuring your system is state-of-the-art and always performing efficiently.
SCADA System Virtualization
IT systems on renewable energy sites industry-wide are aging and as a result, the month-to-month cost to keep servers running and the risk of their failure continue to increase. The EDF Renewables SCADA Integration Group (SIG) works with owners to virtualize SCADA systems and their multiple servers, resulting in increased data security and decreased cost compared to maintaining aging servers. Below are a few of the benefits that owners who update their SCADA systems receive:
Server upgrades are no longer tied to physical boxes or hardware brands. Server resources can be increased substantially in just a few minutes. A remote operator can replicate entire server environments with a simple file copy. Test environment capabilities (patching and upgrade testing) can be provided without buying more hardware or shutting down the site. Hardware vendor agnostic virtual servers allow owners to switch operating systems and software providers without purchasing new equipment.
With virtual servers, your team is prepared for unanticipated events, such as natural disasters or fires. A virtual server is easily accessed remotely, so your site can be run from the disaster recovery area, such as a hotel, a trailer or other remote location. Instead of waiting for new servers to be delivered and installed, the site can remain online while repairs are made because it is not tied to a server located at a single physical location.
Replacing an aging or broken server can cost your plant up to 3 days of production loss. Plants frequently begin to experience server problems after they have been in operation for about 5 years. Switching to a virtual server requires, on average, less than 5 minutes downtime for the site and the virtual servers will never need replacement due to aging hardware. When software upgrades are available there is no need for the site to stop producing energy to update the system. This alone could increase production over the life of your project by weeks, in addition to avoiding the cost of replacing broken equipment.
Removing the physical dependency on a hardware platform allows remote operators to update software and fix problems that arise without the need to visit the physical server.