EDP Chooses Wind Farm Control and Management System

Energias de Portugal (EDP) has chosen Edinfor for the provision of the control and management system for 48 windfarms across Iberia. The contract covers the installation of a real-time control center in Spain for 1,000 wind generators, as well as a backup control center in Portugal and asset management hub at the Edinfor data center in Portugal.

The first 24 wind farms will commence operation within the next 12 months and the remaining 24 will follow in the seven months thereafter. The contract, worth more than two million Euros [US$2.5 million], includes the option to extend the system at a later stage by a further 50 wind farms, in addition to an initial three years’ maintenance contract. This contract extension would increase the overall value of the agreement to more than four million Euros [US$5 million]. Edinfor’s control and management system will allow EDP to balance the electricity supply output, preventing over and under production. It is also possible to interconnect the system with a weather forecasting and power prediction tool, providing the ability to monitor historical information and relate this to future demands, allowing windfarms operators to predict how much energy will be generated in order to make the necessary arrangement to ensure the optimum performance on the facility. “With over 25,000 wind farms already in place across Europe and European wind turbine capacity set to double between now and 2015,” said Jose Antunes, infrastructure market director, energy and utilities at Edinfor, “it is vital that they are managed efficiently and in a timely manner to ensure the sustained growth of renewable energy sources. The system we are providing is scalable and enables the optimization of the wind resources asset management as well as EDP’s growth throughout Europe.”
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