Coronal Energy rolls out QOS Energy’s O&M monitoring platform across 353MW solar portfolio

Coronal Energy, a leading North American IPP specialized in solar PV, has selected QOS Energy, an innovative independent software vendor specializing in data intelligence solutions for renewable energy assets, as its  primary  monitoring and performance analytics software partner. Coronal will benefit from the Qantum® platform’s unique ability to aggregate data from all types of energy sources onto one single analytics platform to monitor its 353MW solar asset portfolio.

Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, provides turnkey solar energy solutions tailored for diverse enterprise customers across North America, including utilities, corporations, and the public sector. The California-based IPP owns and manages a 353MW operating project portfolio.

By aggregating all project data onto one platform, QOS Energy brings the twin benefits of improving the productivity, quality and the consistency of the asset management process. “Before consolidating our O&M management with QOS Energy, we used to rely on as much as five different monitoring platforms”, explained Vania Mesrob, VP Asset Management of Coronal Energy. “That obviously generated a lot of unnecessary work for our performance team and created inconsistencies across our KPIs. Not only was it far too time consuming, it was also impossible to explore a portfolio-wide view or compare the performance of different projects as data was coming in five different formats. Unsurprisingly, our asset management team is very happy with this move”.

Coronal Energy’s asset management team worked with QOS Energy to tailor the platform to its specific needs and centralize data coming from multiple former DAS/SCADA systems in real-time. Thanks to QOS Energy’s hardware agnostic approach, they were able to onboard the 350MW+ portfolio in less than 2 months. The end solution enables Coronal Energy to increase energy production and achieve a higher ROI. Going forward, Coronal will benefit from the high flexibility offered by the platform to continuously improve the monitoring environment, enrich incoming data and meet its evolving requirements.

“We are excited to work for Coronal Energy. They are an ideal customer for us. Since they manage a renewable energy portfolio composed of diverse equipment, they can really extract the maximum value out of Qantum®, and ensure data quality and integrity”, said Hugo Lapie, Director of Sales North America of QOS Energy.

Qantum®’s cloud-based software suite features a complete set of customisable charts, dashboards, KPIs and alerts helping to gain a deeper understanding of the assets’ performance, thereby maximising operational performance. The platform also offers a fully integrated maintenance management system to help reduce downtime by streamlining maintenance workflows for large and complex renewable energy portfolios.


ZX Lidars deployed as SCADA-integrated permanent met mast replacements on operational wind farms

ZX Lidars has delivered ZX 300’s to Statkraft Ireland for the purpose of assisting with operational wind farm monitoring including power performance tests through to the provision of wind measurements for production forecasting / reporting. The use of wind Lidars in this capacity reduces the working at height and planning requirements associated with traditional met masts. In addition, Lidars can measure to higher heights across the full wind turbine rotor, and with greater certainty over long periods of time.

Statkraft Ireland is part of Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy,  which develops, owns and operates renewable production facilities in Ireland. Statkraft Ireland has many years of experience both in the wind sector and also with Lidar technology including ZX Lidars technology.

ZX Lidars provides vertical and horizontal profiling wind Lidars to accurately measure wind conditions remotely and above or ahead of their installed position up to several hundred metres. These accurate, independent wind measurements are a cornerstone in the development, construction and operation of wind farms globally.


EnergoSfera. ODESSA ENERGY DAY Efficiency Energy Forum 2019

Between 11 and 13 September 2019 the Center for Exhibition Technologies together with KLIMAT UKRAINE and public organization "Energy Country" with the support of the Energy Efficiency Agency of Ukraine, the Odessa Regional Council will organize an energy forum, whose purpose is to present news and discuss issues related to energy efficiency.

Within the exhibition, there will also be the ODESSA ENERGY DAY Efficiency Energy Forum, which we hope will give new impetus to changes in housing and communal services infrastructure, will accelerate thermo-modernization of houses, energy audits and thermal energy management in homes as well as the implementation of technologies to energy saving.

Ülke Enerji and Sulzer Schmid partner to deliver advanced blade inspections to Nordex / Acciona Windpower in Turkey

Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and Ülke Enerji, the largest independent wind farm service provider in Turkey, have teamed up to provide autonomous drone-based blade inspections to Nordex / Acciona Windpower on all of their wind turbines located in Turkey.

By licensing Sulzer Schmid’s advanced inspection technology, Ülke Enerji becomes the only player to offer high-definition rotor blade inspection campaigns by means of autonomous drones in the fast-developing Turkish wind market.

Ülke Enerji has already completed blade inspection campaigns in three wind farms equipped with Nordex /Acciona Windpower wind turbines this year. Further inspections have been planned in the short run. “We are happy to have completed these inspections successfully. This is a significant step forward on the road to wider market adoption of high-quality drone-based inspections in Turkey”, said Ali Aydın, General Manager of Ülke Enerji.

The combination of Sulzer Schmid’s state-of-the-art inspection technology and the field operation and health & safety expertise of Ülke Enerji provides wind turbine inspection at an unprecedented level of quality and cost effectiveness to the Turkish wind industry. The autonomously flying drones of the 3DX™ Inspection Platform of Sulzer Schmid assure high-definition quality and consistent image acquisition time as well as 100% blade coverage while minimizing human errors and operational risks.

Thanks to the powerful capabilities offered by unmanned aerial vehicles, the market for blade inspections by means of autonomous drone is becoming increasingly dynamic.  “It is becoming clear that UAV technology will play a central role in wind turbine inspections from here on in. It offers the best possible performance in terms of campaign quality, time and cost effectiveness. With the complimentary expertise of Sulzer Schmid and Ülke Enerji, we believe we have access to the soundest inspection solution currently available on the market in Turkey”, commented Ferit Yeşilay, Head of Service Turkey of Nordex /Acciona Windpower.

“Nordex /Acciona Windpower are very significant players for Sulzer Schmid. And we are very satisfied that a local industry leader such as Ülke Enerji has decided to adopt our 3DX™ inspection platform to serve them in this important wind market”, concluded Tom Sulzer and Christof Schmid, Co-founders of Sulzer Schmid.


3rd Annual International Investment Summit and Exhibition “Hydropower Balkans 2019”

3rd Annual International Investment Summit and Exhibition “Hydropower Balkans 2019” (7-8 November 2019, Belgrade, Serbia) is a dedicated platform bringing together ministers, major investors, decision-makers of flagship hydropower plants, and investment project initiators, as well as regulators, in a concerted effort to efficiently execute key projects for HPP construction and modernisation all over the Balkan region.

Programme Highlights 2019:
Strategic plenary session European energy markets integration and hydropower development plans of governments, initiators and investors
Focus on Serbia What are the strategic priorities of hydropower development in the country
Presentation of Key Investment Projects HPPs construction and modernisation projects in the Balkan region with 2020- 2030 implementation period
CASE STUDIES Best practices of HPP projects implementation and operation across the region
INVESTMENTS in hydropower industry of the region: discussion with international investors (institutional, financial, industrial, etc.)
CTOs’ PANEL DISCUSSION operators and HPP senior executives, project leaders, service companies and suppliers of equipment will discuss the most pressing issues regarding HPP projects implementation
Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina WORKSHOPS Discuss hydropower projects and plans with decision-makers of operator companies, state authorities officials from the Balkan hydropower hot spots
Small hydropower potential of the region Operator’s plans and breakthrough technologies for implementation
Technical presentations, road show,specialised exhibition Technologies, equipment, and services from world leaders
30+ hours of business and informal networking one-on-one meetings, business lunches, coffee breaks, interactive round tables, and many other activities
Formal dinner For all Summit participants – an opportunity to continue to speak with colleagues and potential partners in an informal setting

Among VIP-speakers and participants 2019:
Dragan Vlaisavljević, Executive Director, Elektroprivreda Srbije
Dragan Minovski, General Manger, Power Plants of North Macedonia
Blendi Bushati, Head of Programming and Strategic Management Division, Albanian Power Corporate
Nicola Saporiti, Senior Investment Officer, Global Product Specialist – Hydropower, International Finance Corporation
Željko Ratković, Manager, Department of Investments, Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske
Zoran Stanic, Senior Engineer, European Investment Bank
Aleksandar Protic, Manager HPP BOCAC, Hydro Power Plants at Vrbas a.d. and many others.

Among regular participants:
ABB, Aimsir, Albanian Centre for Energy Regulation and Conservation (ACERC), Albanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ERE), Albanian Power Corporation (KESH), ANDRITZ HYDRO, AUMA Riester, Balkan Green Foundation, Bulgarian Energy Holding, Carpi Tech, Crnogorski elektroprenosni sistem (CGES), EBRD, Elektroprivreda Republike Srpske, Emerson Process Management, Energy Agency of Republic of Macedonia, European investment bank (EIB), Fortum Corporation, Gajek Engineering CO, HEP-Production, HPP Perucica, HPP Piva – EPCG, Hydro-Economic Enterprise Iber-Lepenc, Investment and development fund of Montenegro JSC, Italtechnics, Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEC), Macedonian Powerplants (ELEM), Ministry of agriculture, forestry and water economy of Macedonia, Ministry of Energy of Romania, PPC Albania, Tractebel Engineering, Transelectrica, VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH, WWTECH Hydro  and many others.

Contact person: Olga Zhogal, Forum Director
Tel. +44 207 394 3090

Date: 7-8 November 2019
Venue: Belgrade, Serbia
Organiser: Vostock Capital


Webinar: How to use facades to generate solar energy

The focus of the next IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar will be on the assessment, onsite monitoring and simulation of building-integrated solar systems. On 18 September, three experts who work for Task 56, Building Integrated Solar Envelope Systems for HVAC and Lighting, will share their findings in a 1.5-hour webinar starting at 2 pm GMT.

Those who wish to attend can now register online, while a recording of the event will be available on the Solar Academy webpage thereafter. The photo above shows facade-integrated polymer collectors at a housing estate in Oslo, Norway. More solar-powered architectural solutions can be found in the Task 56 photo gallery.



Sulzer Schmid and NNAISENSE join forces to develop wind industry’s most advanced AI engine for automated blade damage detection

Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and NNAISENSE, a world leading artificial intelligence specialist, have partnered to develop an artificial intelligence engine to automatically detect rotor blade damages on wind turbine. This leapfrog technology is expected to bring the twin benefits of improving the productivity and consistency of blade inspection processes.

With this new development effort, the two partners are aiming to build the industry’s most powerful Artificial Intelligence engine able to recognize damages based on inspection image material. The initial version will be able to flag all areas of concern on any given damaged blade. Ensuing upgrades will add other capabilities such as the ability to establish damage categories and severity levels.

“Maintaining the structural integrity of rotor blades is critical to maximizing energy output and ensuring the safe operation of wind turbines. We are convinced that we will be able to transfer our extensive expertise in surface defect recognition from other industries to the wind industry and are looking forward to our cooperation with Sulzer Schmid, an innovator in its own space”, commented Faustino Gomez, CEO of NNAISENSE.

The autonomously flying drones of the 3DX™ Inspection Platform of Sulzer Schmid assure high-definition quality and consistent image acquisition time as well as 100% blade coverage while minimizing human errors and operational risks. The cutting-edge image assessment tools of the platform ensure detailed and efficient damage assessment. With the support of an AI-enabled inspection software, the review work of blade experts will be greatly facilitated. Instead of having to review the entire surface of the blades, they will simply need to focus on the pre-selected areas of concern. This technology progress will not only significantly boost the productivity of the reviewing teams but will also improve the quality of damage annotation processes.

“Maximising end-to-end productivity is a key success factor in the highly competitive market of wind turbine inspection solutions. Thanks to our collaboration with NNAISENSE, we will be able to push the envelope in this area and significantly advance the automation capabilities of our inspection platform”, explained Christof Schmid, COO and Co-founder of Sulzer Schmid.

Tom Sulzer, CEO and Co-founder of Sulzer Schmid, concluded: “We are very excited about our collaboration with NNAISENSE, a true leader in the visual recognition of surface damages by means of AI. This will further enhance the added value we provide for our customers and partners”.



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