19 May 2022

Real-time data access from O2 Tidal turbine

A project to assist the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in deploying a data acquisition system for the Orbital Marine Power O2 Tidal Turbine, has been won by Intelligent Plant.

The system, which is linked to Intelligent Plant’s Industrial App Store allows remote access to real time, mission critical data and provides a cloud-based platform for EMEC to carry out power performance assessments for wave and tidal energy developers.

This will improve accessibility of data for Orbital Marine Power’s operators, technicians and other stakeholders, providing cutting-edge tools to monitor performance and status of the device while in operation.

The Industrial App Store has been integrated with the systems onboard the Orbital O2 tidal turbine which was deployed at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site in June this year as part of the Horizon 2020 FloTEC project.

The configuration and deployment of the data acquisition system has been supported by the Interreg NWE OceanDEMO project.

User-friendly dashboards enable quick and easy access to relevant data streams from anywhere in the world. This will enable Orbital’s Engineers to access data from the O2 turbine in real time without a requirement for manual intervention. The Industrial App Store also provides data to EMEC’s performance test engineers, streamlining the analysis of the tidal turbine’s performance as part of EMEC’s accredited testing services.

Scott Crawford, Systems Engineer at EMEC, commented: “The architecture we’ve created for Orbital can be reconfigured to suit other clients’ needs in the future. Until now, technology developers have had to log into the device’s onboard systems to view live or download historical data manually. This new system will act as a web-enabled historian automating the data collection, storage and processing steps and can be built upon to provide a range of automated diagnostic and monitoring facilities.

“For EMEC, this will also enhance our systems to deliver power performance assessments to our clients and is the first step in creating an online performance assessment system for ocean energy devices deployed either at our own test site in Orkney or remotely as per our clients’ requirements.”

Steve Aitken from Intelligent Plant added: “Intelligent Plant are delighted to be working with EMEC and Orbital as we see a massive future for renewables. We want to empower renewables with data and analytics to optimise the delivery of power whilst managing the integrity of the assets and democratising access to the data. This allows everyone who has permission to make a difference.”

Company info: Intelligent Plant