Honeywell today announced that it will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services and remote operations capabilities for the new Wolvega 2 Solar Park to be operated by Gutami Holding B.V. in Wolvega, The Netherlands.
This is a significant, turnkey EPC project for Honeywell in the global renewable energy industry.
Gutami Holding engages in developing, constructing and operating solar and wind energy facilities in Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, and the Middle East. The company chose Honeywell for the Wolvega 2 Solar Park project based on its extensive, worldwide renewable energy track record and installed base, coupled with a strong local engineering and support presence in The Netherlands. It has partnered with Honeywell in the renewable market for several years.
“Gutami Holding views Honeywell as a reliable partner who understands their needs and can provide high-performance solar technology, coupled with smart operations and software to get the most out of capital investments and improve return on investment,” said Gerben Pek, chief executive officer (CEO) of Gutami Holding. “Honeywell is committed to meeting the transformational, data-driven and skills-related requirements of multiple stakeholders within the energy value chain. Honeywell provides a robust solution intended to monitor and operate a customer’s remote distributed assets, while guaranteeing specific business outcomes.”
To help customers meet their business and profitability objectives, Honeywell will create a Remote Operation Center (ROC) capability, which provides expertise, skills and technology resources that renewable energy companies may not have on site. A remote collaboration, optimization and operations solution can help industrial operators manage critical assets, regardless of their physical location, so they can securely access all their data, seamlessly deliver information when and where it’s needed, create and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for decision support, and enforce consistent operational and business processes.
An ROC is being established at Honeywell’s Amsterdam/Schiphol office in The Netherlands to serve renewables customers and industry partners throughout Europe. The facility will provide remote operations & monitoring (O&M) and predictive analytics for maintenance, as well as outcome-based lifecycle management services based on performance and support KPIs and contractual guarantees.
The Wolvega 2 Solar Park has been designed as a Photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied power plant, which is comprised of PV arrays and a grid-tie inverter connected to the utility electricity grid. This type of solar power system works without any battery backup equipment. As EPC for this Greenfield project, Honeywell is implementing a full scope of critical software and hardware components ranging from smart edge devices such as PV modules, inverters, controllers, and Remote Terminal Units (RTUs), to mounting structures and cables/conduits. It will also oversee engineering, construction, testing, startup and commissioning of the new solar facility.
Key to Honeywell’s unique approach on the Wolvega 2 project is unifying various elements of the solar PV plant with multiple other sites on a single platform offering intuitive performance dashboards for improved data visualization. This platform can not only scale and seamlessly integrate additional plants in a cost-effective manner, but also adapts to the customer’s evolving power generation portfolio over time. Honeywell’s solution is designed for maximizing data reliability and optimizing processes to improve overall operational performance.
The Wolvega 2 Solar Park project will be an important milestone for further collaboration between Honeywell and Gutami Holding. The two companies will work together in future to integrate other renewable energy assets such as other solar PV parks and multiple Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS) systems within a common ROC operational interface. This strategy will make it easier to monitor multiple solar power sites and identify discrepancies between different operations.