Concentrated solar plants with thermal storage like HSP2 is currently in high demand by the industry, to generate process heat, helping to reduce production costs by up to 20%.
Siemens Energy was responsible for the engineering and construction of all electrical infrastructures (E-BOP), suppling the several systems installed by the consortium partners, plus the entire plant DCS, using our proven Omnivise T3000 control system, interconnected to two main black box systems (Solar Field Control and Trace Heating). The system supplied makes use of redundant configuration, by using PLC S7-400H and FH CPU410-5H, with 1000 hardwire I/Os, although the plant only uses around 500. The system is ready for future plant upgrades and additional research projects that will take place soon.
The digital twin of T3000 maps the real behavior of the system 1:1 without making any changes to the “real” system. Employees can be trained directly in Omnivise T3000 and new control concepts can be safely tested.
By decoupling hardware and software, the control system is able to be run in a virtual environment. This allows the application software to be executed virtually without the need for dedicated hardware.