“This project is bound to become an international reference in the renewable energy
sector, while also driving EDPR’s growth”, Rui Chousal, Director, EDP Renewables
EDPR became the third largest wind energy company in the world after acquiring Horizon
Wind Energy. Horizon is the second largest wind energy company in the US. The takeover
naturally meant a rise in challenges – strategic, tactical and operational.
The wind energy industry was relatively new, and there were no standards available in the marketplace. Nevertheless, normalisation was a concern. Alongside, stability and security of the grid also had to be maintained.
EDPR needed a single, easy-to-use system that could scale up at short notice. The ambition was to expand across different geographical locations. The platform had to support different manufacturers and tens of models of wind turbines and substations. We had to create a solution that would be effective despite the differences in turbine characteristics.
EDPR chose us as a partner in 2006. The idea was to start with a control and management system for 48 wind farms across Iberia. Together with EDPR, we delivered the solution Wind Energy Management System (WEMS) based on our Renewables Management System or RMS. WEMS also needed to scale up to 50 more wind farms in the following six months.
With our solution EDP Renewables is able to:
- control hundreds of wind farms remotely in real time
- maximise energy injected in the grid by improving assets availability
- benchmark different turbine manufacturers
- reduce operational costs
- comply with regulatory frameworks in different countries
- increase energy revenues
- make renewable energy more viable
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