One of the solutions to bypass grid congestion is to co-locate solar and wind power plants. These types of generation assets complement each other very well since there is an abundance of solar energy during the day and during the summer months while there is a lot of wind during the winter months.
This complementary nature of solar and wind can stabilize the intermittent nature of power generation and maximize grid connection utilization, resulting in significant benefits in terms of dispatchability, flexibility and reliability.
Shell, as part of its global push into renewable energy, has developed a hybrid asset in the Netherlands. The plant consists of a 50 MW photovoltaic power plant and a 50 MW wind farm.
To control and monitor this complex project, Shell worked with Inaccess, a global leader in control and monitoring solutions for renewable energy projects. Based on their successful cooperation for large-scale projects in Australia and the EMEA region, Shell and Inaccess will continue to collaborate on a portfolio of projects in various countries.
Inaccess’s Unity system optimizes the operation of modern renewable power plants and portfolios encompassing PV, batteries, wind and microgrids by providing:
- Precise control: low-level distributed control architecture and network interaction
- Crystallization and centralization by providing accurate data acquisition and scalability
- Maximize energy production by identifying and evaluating instances of underperformance
- Optimize market revenue by minimizing imbalance costs and maximizing energy capture price
The integrated nature of the Unity system ensures precise “no excuses” monitoring, control and optimization and acts as the single version of the truth among the EPC, O&M, Asset Management and Market Management ecosystem, eliminating inefficiencies.
Co-locating wind farms with solar assets provides more grid-friendly energy that is needed in today’s congested grids. This combination has the potential to disrupt and transform many global renewable energy markets that face similar challenges.
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Globally, Shell is building an integrated energy business that will provide customers with low-carbon and renewable energy solutions. Shell Renewables and Energy Solutions covers trade, production and supply. We offer integrated energy solutions, including large-scale hydrogen, solar, wind and electric vehicle charging, while buying nature-based carbon credits and using technology to capture emissions from hard-to-reduce sectors of the energy system. Today, Shell has deployed or is developing more than 6 gigawatts of wind power generation capacity across North America, Europethe UK and Asiaand in January 2022 Shell has secured the seabed leases to develop up to 5 gigawatts of floating offshore wind power under the ScotWind lease cycle.
Shell’s goal is to become a net-zero energy company by 2050. For more information on our customer-focused net-zero strategy, visit here.
With a global presence, Inaccess is an innovative company that provides centralized management solutions for renewable energy and telecommunications infrastructures, mainly offered on a turnkey basis.
Inaccess is one of the world’s largest independent solar SCADA leaders with a combined portfolio of over 30 GWp across more than 2,500 sites and 57 countries. Our sole objective is to provide high quality solutions to our clients (EPC, O&M, developers and funds) for better and efficient management of their renewable assets.
Inaccess has the team capacity to implement the Plant SCADA system in many plants in parallel, which allows us to deliver several GW in solar and storage projects across the world every year.
The Inaccess Group is recognized as one of the leading independent monitoring providers for the PV and battery storage segment globally. Inaccess also has significant activity in wind, hybrid, mini-grid and off-grid RES projects.
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