Natural Power

June 21, 2019 Alex Westerh

Upgrading a 24/7 control center to deliver the next generation of services to the renewable energy sector

CHALLENGE

The new center features real-time data provision and advanced security features to deliver 24x7 intelligent management of assets that brings clients higher returns. A custom video wall linked to operator consoles maximizes situational awareness. Human factors are prioritized in an ergonomic environment with improved sound, lighting, and room layout. The solution will scale for growth with the flexibility to add new services and collaborate with specialist suppliers.

As part of the plan, Natural Power wanted to create an improved working environment for operators who were often working long hours under stressful conditions. The technology solution implemented by Electrosonic would enable it to meet requirements for 24x7 monitoring and a more flexible, responsive service. The company recognized that cutting-edge audiovisual and collaboration technology would be essential for making and sharing mission-critical decisions about realtime data. The aim was to make better operational decisions as a basis for controlling operations more efficiently, maximizing clients’ assets, and meeting ever-increasing regulations. Scalability was also essential in the rapidly-growing renewables sector.

SOLUTION

The new center features real-time data provision and advanced security features to deliver 24x7 intelligent management of assets that brings clients higher returns. A custom video wall linked to operator consoles maximizes situational awareness. Human factors are prioritized in an ergonomic environment with improved sound, lighting, and room layout. The solution will scale for growth with the flexibility to add new services and collaborate with specialist suppliers.

"To ensure Natural Power remained at the forefront of asset management, real-time data provision, and security requirements, this investment is designed to deliver the next decade of services. By upgrading and increasing our capacity in the control center, we have enabled our clients to maximize their assets’ performance, comply with ever-changing regulations, and explore new ways of increasing revenue." - Stephen Trotter, Managing Director of Natural Power

KEY TAKEAWAY

The new center is the biggest, independently operated 24/7 control room in the UK. Natural Power can run its business more efficiently and provide clients with a new generation of services. With renewable technology advancing, the company can now support more sophisticated interactions between generators, system, and network operators. As the renewable energy industry continues to grow, National Power can quickly scale up the control facility.

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