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Date: 2/3/2010

Renewable Energy

Overview

Renewable energy refers to using energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat. According to a recent report from the American Wind Energy Association, the nation's wind power grew 39% in 2009, and that it has grown by 39% annually for the past five years. This consistent trend can also be seen amongst other renewable energies, such as solar power, where industrial corporations and government-funded projects in India and China are gaining momentum.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a comprehensive solar energy report in 2008 (see below) which outlines the estimated growth of photovoltaic systems, reaching over 22K MW by 2013 with expected annual revenue of more than $55 billion. This represents an average growth of 59% in the sector each year (Pike Research 2009), and global CAGRaverage 36.5% from 2006 – 2010 (DOE 2008).

Moreover, according to a wind power report released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in 2008 (see below), new installations in US will reach 62.7% growth (8,545 MW), and a cumulative capacity of 50.8% growth (25,369 MW) by 2030. In China, there will be 89% growth (6,246 MW), with a cumulative capacity of 106% growth (12,153 MW) in the same period. 

Application

Most wind and solar power generation systems are installed in harsh environments with dust, vibration, heat and electrical noise. These sites require reliable data servers with fanless, cableless and diskless design and industrial-grade Ethernet products for connection with the central room for system management. In addition, HMI/SCADA software is needed to provide energy analysis, cost profiles and demand control to allow users to take action for energy management.

To fulfill needs of renewable energy solutions, Advantech offers:

 HMI/SCADA: Advantech WebAccess is browser-based software package for human-machine interfaces (HMI), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications. Allthe features found in conventional HMI and SCADA software packages are available including Animated Graphics Displays, Real-time Data Control, Trends, Alarms and Logs.
 Industrial-grade Switches: Advantech EKI series offer robust industrial-grade switches with redundant DC power inputs and wide operating temperatures (-40 to 85'C) to secure stable Ethernet connections.
 Data Server and Communication Gateways: Advantech’s UNO-Series are fanless, reliable and compact embedded computing platforms with multiple isolated serial ports as embedded data servers for a variety of applications. They offer powerful computing (up to Core 2 Duo) with dual LANs and multiple serial ports.

 Programmable Automation Controllers: APAX-5000 series, the new PAC solution from Advantech, integrates control, information processing and networking in a single platform. By leveraging the latest automation technology, APAX-5000 series offers a unique system architecture, providing dual controllers for different tasks, same I/O with changeable controllers, and flexible I/O expansion with deterministic performance. All these features make Advantech’s PAC system more reliable, scalable and flexible, satisfying various complicated controland automation applications.

Product 

  Remote Maintenance Software

Advantech WebAccess

DiagAnywhere

Browser-based HMI/SCADA Software

Remote Maintenance Software

  Industrial Monitors

FPM-3060G

FPM-3120G

6.5" VGA Industrial Monitor with Resistive Touchscreen and Direct-VGA Port

12.1" SVGA Industrial Monitor with Resistive Touchscreen and Direct-VGA Port

FPM-3150G

   

15" XGAIndustrial Monitor with Resistive Touchscreen, Direct-VGA and DVI Ports

 

  Industrial Communication

EKI-7554SI

EKI-7659CI

4+2 SC Type Fiber Optic Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch withWide Temp.

8+2G Combo Port Gigabit Managed Redundant Industrial Ethernet Switch with Wide Temp.

EKI-7758F

EKI-2525I

8-port Gigabit Managed Redundant Industrial Ethernet Switch

5-port Industrial Unmanaged Ethernet Switch with Wide Temp

EKI-1122L

   

2-port RISC-based Industrial Programmable Device Server

 

  Embedded Automation Computers

 

UNO-1170

UNO-2173A

4+2 SC Type Fiber Optic Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch with Wide Temp.

Intel Atom Fanless Box PC with 1 x LAN, 2 x COM, Mini-PCIe

 

UNO-2171

UNO-2172

Intel Pentium M/Celeron M UNO with 2 x LAN, 4 x COM, PC/104+

Intel PentiumM/Celeron M Fanless Box PC with 2 x Gigabit, 4 x COM, DVI

UNO-2182

PEC-3240

Intel Core 2 Duo Fanless Box PC with 2 x Gigabit, 4 x COM, DVI

Intel Celeron M 1.0 GHz 4-axis Embedded Motion Controller with 32-ch Digital I/O

   Programmable Automation Controller (PAC)

APAX-5521KW APAX-5017H

Micro PAC with XScale CPU and CAN

12-ch High Speed Analog Input Module

APAX-5060

APAX-5045

12-ch Relay Output Module

24-ch Digital Input/Output Module

APAX-5013

APAX-5080PEC

8-ch RTD Module

3-ch ABZ Encoder Input Module

APAX-5570XPE

APAX-5570KW

PC-based Controller with Celeron M CPU

Proto PAC w/ Celeron M 1 GHz, KW