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Smart Monitoring System for Taiwan's First Micro-Biomass Power Plant

2/1/2022

Abstract

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Partner: SunForce Technology Co., Ltd | Region: Taiwan



Introduction 

Biomass energy is a renewable fuel resource produced from agricultural/residential waste and other organic matter. This resource generateselectricity through burning, gasification, and/or fermentation. Convertingorganic waste into energy necessitates a variety of processes in hazardoushigh-temperature environments. In such environments, human errors canlead to equipment damage and industrial accidents. Intelligent monitoringsystems help address these issues by managing biomass power plantoperation.



System Requirements

Sunforce was asked to develop a monitoring system for micro biomasspower plants to reduce labor expenses and equipment failure rates whileincreasing power generation. They also wanted to perform scheduling andcascade control to create standard operating procedures aiming at achievingremote monitoring and real-time management. In the future, they willcombine artificial intelligence with gradually accumulated operational datato perform intelligent monitoring.

System Description

This monitoring system uses several Advantech solutions - ADAM-5560KW (a PAC),IPC-610 (an industrial computer), WebAccess/SCADA (a remote monitoring program),and Advantech cloud-based industrial IoT platform. This solution leveragesWebAccess/SCADA to support a number of drivers. This support enables this solution tocollect data from Advantech's I/O devices and PAC, as well as any third party PLC, I/Omodule, or controller. The operator currently uses Advantech's cloud platform to monitormicro biomass power plants.

The platform's high adaptability enables the simultaneous monitoring of multiple powerplants. In addition, it adapts to third-party software and can interface with environmentalprotection authorities, as well as export biomass electricity for sale to Taipower. The secondphase of the monitoring system will focus on the application of intelligent features aimed atleveraging this solution's strengths. The WebAccess/SCADA Dashboard enables theselection and comparison of critical data points. This in turn enables monitoring systemoptimization.

Project Implementation

  • IPC-610H: 4U Rackmount Chassis with Visual Alarm Notification
  • ADAM-5560KW: Programmable Automation Controller
  • ECU-1051: Industrial Communication Gateway

Conclusion

Advantech's modular solutions hastened the project by helping Sunforce reduce the time and labor needed for implementation. The monitoring system co-created by Advantech andSunforce won the support of the system beneficiary. With the help of Advantech and Sunforce, the company is planning to build a second micro biomass.