meteocontrol is expanding its presence in Turkey and has delivered monitoring solutions for two photovoltaic plants. A meteocontrol system is now monitoring an 8.3 MWp site of Hanwha Q CELLS in Burdur Yarisli in southwestern Turkey. The second PV system, with total capacity of 2.1 MWp, is near Korkuteli, a city located about 100 kilometers northwest of Antalya. meteocontrol provides complete solutions for the single-source monitoring of solar power plants – from the planning phase and delivery of all components to smooth commissioning of remote monitoring.
The Energy Market Act that took effect in 2001, and the latest developments of relevance to feed-in tariffs, are boosting the appeal of the Turkish energy market among international PV providers. This is also significant for meteocontrol in its role as an innovative provider of PV monitoring and quality assurance services comprised of end-to-end, worry-free solutions for reliable, legally compliant monitoring and control support for PV plant operators. The monitoring solutions offered are designed in line with PV plant requirements and specific customer wishes. Experienced meteocontrol engineers configure the monitoring systems, check for potential on-site wiring problems and resolve any issues that may arise.
Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey relies on meteocontrol monitoring
The PV power plant in Burdur was completed in November 2015 by Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey after just two and a half months of construction. With total capacity of 8.3 MWp, it is one of Turkey’s biggest PV systems. The approximately 128,600 m² free-field system is expected to feed about 13,467 MWh of clean energy into the grid each year – enough to supply power to around 2,700 average Turkish households. Hanwha Q CELLS Turkey, the Turkish entity of one of the world’s most recognized photovoltaic companies, partnered with meteocontrol for its solution provider of the monitoring system. Ten data loggers from meteocontrol’s WEB’log series, as well as reliable string monitoring stations, are in operation. WEB’log data loggers dependably monitor and control photovoltaic systems and comply with legal regulations and standards. The loggers collect all system data and store it centrally. This data is also quickly transmitted through various interfaces for evaluation with the monitoring system’s Virtual Control Room (VCOM).
2.1 MWp solar park already in operation
meteocontrol is also proud to announce the successful implementation of remote monitoring at the 2.1 MWp solar park near Korkuteli. The contract called for the complete installation of the PV monitoring solution, including the string current monitoring based on meteocontrol string monitoring stations. Work was completed in 2015. The solar park is managed by the blue’Log X-6000 equipped with two expansion modules. The new generation of data loggers offers innovative functions like the live access of safer’Sun and VCOM to the blue‘Log and a flexibly expandable system to meet the requirements of the future energy landscape. Other benefits include cost savings from system modularity, time-saving commissioning facilitated by a quick-start assistant, reduced capital commitments thanks to efficient warehousing, and increased data security based on encryption.
“Together with our Turkish partners, we assure the optimal operation of both systems, guarantee the highest level of reliability and offer maximum investment protection,” said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. “We are looking forward to continuing our good business relationship. Other projects in the still nascent Turkish photovoltaic market are now in the planning stage.”
As a way of intensifying the dialogue between operators and builders of photovoltaic systems in Turkey, meteocontrol plans to participate in the Solarex trade fair scheduled for April 7-9, 2016, in Istanbul.