Digitalization as a shield against COVID-19
Through focused planning and preparation, Siemens Gamesa’s global network of Remote Operation Centers ensures continuity of operations for customers, in good times and in bad.
Whereas traditional power generation requires constant staffing and manual oversight to ensure business continuity – a potential Achilles heel in times of lockdown and social distancing – existing wind power plants are fueled by an abundant and widely available energy source that is free of crippling supply chain disruptions, and they are largely able to function on their own, save for occasional service interventions and monitoring. Siemens Gamesa extends this advantage through its network of Remote Operation Centers located in Brande (Denmark), Pamplona (Spain), Newcastle (UK) and Chennai (India) which monitor and operate more than 25,000 wind turbines in more than 1,000 wind farms around the world. These turbines provide on average about 200 GB of data every day, a huge amount of information that has not slowed down during this crisis.
In times of crisis, Remote Operation Centers do not rest. Their more than 50 employees take decisions in real time, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, all year round. This way, Siemens Gamesa ensures the safety and security of people, maximizes revenues, and complies with grid code, the technical specification that defines the parameters a facility connected to a public electric grid must meet.
“While we’re able to continue monitoring and performing turbine operations remotely, our first priority is to protect the safety of our workers,” he shares. “All recommended HSE protocols – cleaning, disinfection, distances between operators, etc. – have been implemented at each of our centers, and we’re exceeding these requirements in order to take the best care possible of our teams.”
Siemens Gamesa’s digital capabilities and intelligent services safeguard that each wind farm is optimally serviced remotely, both in normal times and during moments of crisis. During the current pandemic, all possible scenarios have been taken into account to anticipate potential issues and guarantee the best care of each customer’s assets. “Through our careful planning and dedicated efforts, we’re delivering the same level of quality as always, despite the global pandemic – for our customers, it’s almost as if the crisis doesn’t exist,” declares Blasco.