By - Jon Brown

Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid Plants
April 29-30, 2020 | Denver, CO

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Overview

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

Credits

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EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.1 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. 

Agenda

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 9:30 a.m. :: Introduction to PV & PV Plus 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

9:30 – 10:30 2.m. :: 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

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: 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 (e.g., Inverters)
    • Ability to Remotely Access the Plant SCADA System

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


1:00 – 3:00 p.m. :: PV Plant SCADA System (continued)

    • Data Historian
    • Alarm Monitoring Screen
    • Predefined HMI Screens to Allow Trending of Major Performance Indicators
    • A 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

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. :: 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, April 30, 2020 

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast 


8:30 – 9:45 a.m. :: 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

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. :: Networking Break


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: 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, Ph.D.; VP, PV Systems Development, First Solar

Dr. Mahesh Morjaria leads the R&D effort in utility-scale solar plants at First Solar. Over the past decade, he has established himself as an industry-recognized leader in the area of solar generation and in addressing challenges associated with integrating solar into the power grid. He led the development of plant-level controls that enabled utility-scale plants to provide grid friendly capability required to support bulk power system stability and reliability. He has also led a number of pioneering demonstrations that have increased value of solar through reliability services and flexibility.  Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in wind energy. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Location

EUCI Conference Center

6400 S Fiddlers Green Cir.

Greenwood Village CO, 80111

The EUCI conference center is conveniently located adjacent to the Arapahoe at Village Center Light Rail Station, allowing easy access to and from DIA, Downtown, and Local Area Attractions.

Nearby Hotels

Each of these hotels offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the EUCI conference center.

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center
7800 East Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 1-303-779-1234
2.8 miles away
Special EUCI Room Rate: $179.00
To access EUCI room rate visit denvertechcenter.regency.hyatt.com
Click “Book Now”, then click “Special Rates”
Click “Corporate or Group Code” and enter CR102338
You may also call our central reservation at 1-800-233-1234 and give them the corporate code of CR102338

Springhill Suites DTC
7900 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-721-3321
0.3 miles away

Wingate by Wyndham
8000 East Peakview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-626-2641
0.3 miles away

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 E.Crescent Parkway
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 1-303-804-7000
2.1 miles away

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, CO 80237
Phone: 303-779-1100
3.1 miles away

Register

Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

EventEarly Bird Before
Friday, April 10, 2020
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Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid PlantsUS $ 1195.00 US $ 1395.00

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