Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid Plants

Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid Plants

March 15-16, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“The instructor had a wealth of real-world experience to share and also encouraged contributions from all the attendees, making the course more engaging.” – Stem

“Mahesh was very knowledgeable and a great speaker, taking time to answer questions and/or clarify anything that was not well understood.” – IT Solutions Architect, APS

“Thanks for delivering this PV/Storage virtual training event. The speaker was excellent, the content, hosting and facilitation just right.” – Oracle

“Extremely knowledgeable, conducted the training at a nice pace, fielded questions frequently and thoroughly.” – AES Clean Energy

Hear from the Instructor

This course will highlight how Plant Controls and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems provide the critical capability to control, monitor, and analyze the performance of solar and solar combined with storage plants. Throughout the day and a half program, attendees will learn everything from PV plant and storage basics, functional requirements of the plants, and how these requirements are implemented in plant controls and SCADA systems.

All attendees will leave the class having a holistic understanding of the plant controls and SCADA systems that pertain to solar plants and solar plus storage plants. It will benefit you whether you’re an operator or a professional who needs a detailed understanding of operation, reliability, and stability of a PV and storage plant, or a sales professional who needs a better understanding of the system to better serve customers. The goal by the end of the course is to have all attendees develop a working familiarity with the key concepts related to this topic.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Review the key components of PV plants and PV + Storage plants
  • Discuss the functions of PV plants, including energy harvest, regulations, grid disturbance, and frequency response
  • Study the architecture, functions, components, data, and instrumentation of Plant Controls and SCADA systems for PV plants
  • Examine the key functions of control system of a PV plant such as active power control, ramp rate controls, voltage and reactive power control, advanced capabilities, and more
  • Discuss the impact of adding storage to PV plants
  • Evaluate the integration between control systems and SCADA including battery management systems, impact on the grid, and dispatch scheduling

    Agenda

    Wednesday, March 15, 2023 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
    Lunch Break

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Course Timing

    Introduction to PV & PV + Storage Hybrid Power Plants

    • PV Power Plant Basics
    • PV + Storage Hybrid Plant Basics
    • Motivation for PV + Storage (PVS) Plants
    • Key PV Plant and PVS Components
      • PV solar modules
      • DC system design
      • Inverters (central and string inverters)
      • Step-up transformer
      • Battery storage
      • Battery management system
      • Power electronics for storage
      • AC power control
    • Examples of PV and PVS Power Plants

    Key PV Plant Functions

    • Maximizing Energy Harvest Through DC Voltage Control
    • Real & Reactive Power Generation
    • Voltage Regulation and/or Power Factor Control at POI
    • Active Power Control (Ramping, Curtailment)
    • Grid Disturbance Ride Through (Voltage and Frequency Excursions)
    • Primary Frequency Droop Response
    • Short Circuit Duty Control

    PV Plant SCADA System

    • Plant SCADA Architecture
    • Key Functions of PV Plant SCADA System
      • Real-time monitoring of all plant data
      • Control of certain plant components (i.e., inverters)
      • Ability to remotely access the plant SCADA system
      • Data historian
      • Alarm monitoring screen
      • Predefined HMI screens to allow trending of major performance indicators
      • An HMI screen for trending user selected points
    • Key Components of a Typical SCADA System
      • SCADA rack
      • Plant network
      • Security
      • Remote network architecture
      • SCADA HMI Screens
    • Typical PV Plant Data
      • Plant-level data
      • Inverter data
      • Instrumentation data
      • High frequency voltage and current measurements at POI
      • Other data
    • Plant Instrumentation

    PV Plant Control System

    • Plant Controls Architecture
    • Real & Reactive Power Generation
    • Active Power Control (Ramping, Curtailment)
    • Voltage Regulation and/or Power Factor Control at POI
    • Grid Disturbance Ride Through (Voltage and Frequency Excursions)
    • Primary Frequency Droop Response
    • Short Circuit Duty Control
    • Advanced Capability Including Ancillary Services
      • AGC (Automated Generation Control)
      • ADS (Automated Dispatch System)
      • Flexible Operation Including Regulation Reserves

    Thursday, March 16, 2023 : Central Time

    8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
    Log In and Welcome

    9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Course Timing

    Adding Storage (BESS) to PV Plant

    • Key Design Characteristics of Storage
    • AC-Coupled Solution
    • DC-Coupled Solution
    • Impact of Storage Sizing
    • Power Converters for Storage
    • Grid Value Created by Adding Storage
      • Energy shifting
      • Peak shaving
      • Capacity
      • Ancillary grid services

    PVS Plant-level Controls and SCADA System

    • Power Plant Controls and Grid Integration Features
    • AVR Control
    • Battery Management System
    • PV & PVS Impact on Grid Services
    • Scheduling of Dispatch
    • Arbitrage Between PV Generation and BESS Generation
    • When to Charge? When to Discharge? How is the Priority Established?
    • How Does the Plant Control System Work with Multiple Services?

     

    Instructor

    Mahesh Morjaria, EVP, Plant Operational Technology, Terabase

    Mahesh leads Terabase’s new operational technology group, delivering SCADA, controls and related solutions for solar and hybrid fuel source systems. Prior to Terabase, Mahesh co-founded REPlantSolutions which provided advanced solar plant technologies and know-how developed at First Solar. He led utility-scale solar R&D and grid integration at First Solar for nearly a decade. With his prior experience at GE, he brings years of advanced technology, engineering and product expertise in the energy sector. Mahesh holds M.S. & Ph.D. degrees in Engineering from Cornell University. 

     

    Online Delivery

    We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
    • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
    • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
      • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
    • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
    • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.

    Register

    Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

    If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event

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    Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid Plants

    March 15-16, 2023 | Online
    Individual attendee(s) - $ 1195.00 each

    Volume pricing also available

    Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

    Pack of 5 attendees - $ 4,780.00 (20% discount)
    Pack of 10 attendees - $ 8,365.00 (30% discount)
    Pack of 20 attendees - $ 14,340.00 (40% discount)

    Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before February 10, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

    CEUs

    Credits

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    EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

    EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.

    Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

    Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

    Instructional Methods

    PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course. 

     


    Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

    Course CPE Credits: 11.5
    There is no prerequisite for this Course.
    Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
    Program Level: Basic
    Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
    Advanced Preperation: None

    CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org

     

    Who Should Attend 

    • Professionals who are interested in getting a basic understanding of the Controls and SCADA system required for Grid-Scale Solar and Solar Hybrid Plants
    • Operators who need a detailed understanding of operation and dispatch of PV and PVS plants as well as the factors that can affect operating costs
    • Grid professionals who need an understanding of some of the capabilities that PV and PVS plants provide supporting bulk power system reliability and stability
    • Sales professionals who must understand PV and PVS control functions and considerations to better serve customers

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