Success of the webinar “Digitization to optimize O&M and operational efficiency of renewable assets”

Success of the webinar “Digitization to optimize O&M and operational efficiency of renewable assets”

Isotrol and Genneia highlighted the impact of the accumulated experience in the digital transformation process of the renewable industry.

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“Digitization to optimize O&M and operational efficiency of renewable assets” was the title of the webinar on June 18 conducted by a team of experts from Isotrol along with Patricio Neffa, who is the Director of Operations of the leader in renewable generation in Argentina: Genneia.

The organization of this online conference was carried out by the specialized communication company ATA Insights, which counted a large number of participants from locations all over the world. 

In the different presentations, it was explained how digitization is something decisive to increase the profitability of assets, acting from the process of data acquisition, information processing and analysis to O&M management. Presenting in this way its advanced Machine Learning solutions for the early identification of failures and problems, as well as analysis out of normality, Isotrol gains prominence among the providers of technological solutions for the renewable sector.

Regarding the conclusions of the webinar, they discussed digitization as a means to increase the efficiency and profitability of assets, as well as on the process of data acquisition-analysis and performance applied to large portfolios; and the importance that the tools and accumulated experience have in this process. It is worth underlining the intervention of Patricio Neffa, who stated that Bluence was the “most appropriate” tool for Genneia’s integration needs since it “greatly facilitates the operational task”.

ATA Insights is an independent strategic communication company whose objective is to help companies communicate the value of renewable energy to users and to all links in the value chain.


Isotrol provides its knowledge regarding data protection at the international conference on the termination of the Privacy Shield organized by Infoem

Isotrol provides its knowledge regarding data protection at the international conference on the termination of the Privacy Shield organized by Infoem (Mexico)

Beatriz Romero, who is a specialist in the field, explained the effects of the Schrems II ruling on trade relations between the Us and the EU at the conference organized by the entity that ensures the right to access to information and data protection in Mexico.

Infoem, which is the Institute of Transparency, Access to Public Information and Personal Data Protection of the state of Mexico, organized on August 11 the international conference “The Protection of Personal Data in view of the USMCA and the 108 Convention. Challenges and Opportunities before the cessation of the Privacy Shields between the US and the EU”.

This initiative arises from the Schrems II ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, which declares the validity of the standard contractual clauses and invalidates the Privacy Shield between the US and the EU, which is the framework for the exchange of personal data for commercial purposes between both parts.

Beatriz Romero, who is a consultant specialist on data protection in Isotrol, analyzed at the meeting the cited ruling from the point of view of the GDPR, the European regulation on the processing and free flow of personal data. Moreover, Isotrol advises different companies on the organizational and technical measures that they must implement in order to comply with the current legislation.

Furthermore, Romero shared a series of recommendations to guarantee success for companies which transfer personal data to service providers in the US. Together with the rest of participants, she discussed the legal framework applicable to data protection in Mexico in the aforementioned context. They reached the conclusion that the decision of the European Court may be an opportunity for Mexico to position itself as a bridge for digital trade between the US and the EU.

ⓘ More information: «México tiene una oportunidad histórica de ser puente en el comercio digital entre Europa y Estados Unidos» (Infoem)


Webinar about the participation of wind power in ancillary services of the system

The video and presentation of the technical webinar in which Isotrol took part as a speaker and that is framed within the Wind Webinar Cycle of the AEE (Spanish Wind Energy Association), is now available on the AEE website. A great number of attendees were informed about the participation of wind power in ancillary services under the expert guidance of Isotrol.

As a remarkable fact, the Association points out that more than 95% people who joined the session were connected until the end of it, something which is quite unusual in this kind of initiative.

Link to the webinar video and its presentation:


Isotrol turns 35 and reaches 35 GW of monitored renewable energy

Isotrol turns 35 and reaches 35 GW of monitored renewable energy

The sales pipeline of the tech company has risen to an additional 51 GW

Isotrol, which is an expert in developing technology for the international energy sector, finished 2019 with more than 35 GW of monitored renewable power. The company achieved this figure after adding 8 GW more in the last year. In the same way, forecasts are also positive, considering that the company’s current sales pipeline now registers an additional 51 GW.

Isotrol reaches this milestone in the same year of its 35th anniversary. In order to celebrate these two facts, the whole team arranged an event last December in Seville, the city where its headquarters are located. Beltrán Calvo, who is the CEO of Isotrol, explained that “during the last 35 years, we have been the travel partner of some of the energy industry’s top companies, providing their digitalization”. Lastly, he added that “in the years to come, we will continue offering integrated solutions to improve power generation, grid integration and the produced energy trading”.


Isotrol opens a new office in Canada

Isotrol opens a new office in Canada

The tech company has gained ground on its expansion plans opening this new office in Alberta, where two wind power projects were awarded.

Isotrol, which is an expert in developing technology for the international energy sector, has opened a new office in Canada. By opening this office in Calgary, Alberta, the Spanish company has been consolidated in the North American market, where it has owned a permanent office in Boston, Massachusetts, since 2014.

Recently, Isotrol was selected to install Bluence, its renewable asset management platform, in two wind power facilities (220 MW) in order to improve their efficiency. These projects are both located in the State of Alberta and are valued at over $ 850,000. In fact, Canada has the ideal geography to profit from its wind resources, which were enough to install 12.8 GW of power capacity in 2018.

In addition to the mentioned facilities, there are others that operates using Bluence technology on the continent, such as one of its largest solar power plants, which was constructed in Mexico and where Isotrol’s systems are nowadays monitoring 4.1 GW of power. It should be noted that a total of 5.7 GW of installed capacity is currently managed by Isotrol’s technology in North America, which is its third major market, followed by Spain and Latin America.


The Spanish pioneers of renewable energy monitoring


Isotrol was one of the first companies that developed technology for the exploitation and operations of wind farms in Spain during the 80s and 90s. The company participated in the connection and monitoring of those primal plants and also in their implementation of, by then, unknown technology. Therefore, Isotrol gained access to a fledgling renewable sector, which, nowadays, operates as an essential partner in this ever-growing field of renewable energy technology.


Isotrol and the wind energy origins in Spain

Recession came after the oil crisis of 1973. That OPEC embargo was a warning to Western economies about their risky dependence on oil. Seeking options, the affected countries turned their eyes towards renewable or alternative energies, as they were then called. These were expensive and undeveloped technologies, or even theoretical ones in some cases. However, wind energy was a reality in some countries such as Denmark or USA; but not so in Spain.

In 1979, the Ministerio de Industria y Energía (Industry and Energy Department) of the government of Spain launched a research and development program to investigate wind energy exploitation. That first government of the new-born Spanish democracy began a journey into a new market which was in fact uncertain and costly. After all, renewable power generation costs doubled those from conventional generation.

One of the main aims of this program was to devise a map of the Spanish wind energy capacity, a task that was made by the Centro de Estudios de la Energía (Center of Studies in Energy). As a result, the town of Tarifa was selected as the ideal place to build the first Spanish wind farm due to the speed and persistence of wind there.

By calling it wind “farm” it is possible to understand that it was a complex with several wind turbines, but the reality is that there were just two rotors. The big one was called Mazinger by the locals, like the giant robot from the Anime series. It was 20 m high, and also had three fiberglass blades and 110 kW of generating capacity. The other one was shorter and it was designed for the extraction of growing waters.

The Center of Studies in Energy constructed this experimental wind farm on a piece of land loaned by Ayuntamiento de Tarifa (Tarifa Town Hall). By doing this, the local government expected the plant to provide free electricity to the town when operating. This installation opened in 1982 and it was used, in example, to test a new type of wind turbine which was devised to be manufactured in series and to be sold at a price of about 7,200 euros of today. Unfortunately, the force of the wind in the Strait of Gibraltar froze all these plans until 1985, when the first successful test was finally completed.

Isotrol was established two years after Mazinger was opened as a technology-based business of Universidad de Sevilla (University of Seville), in order to develop innovative monitoring and control projects for the Spanish electric power industry. The new company could then implement specific technological solutions now that the wind power sector was a reality in the country.


Isotrol’s entry into renewables

The wind energy industry had no standardization a decade after the first experimental farm was launched. Promoters had to do everything in early 90s: find the location for their projects, measure the force of the wind or construct the farm; and that is if they had already found an investor. However, this first term seemed to end when Eólica del Sur (20 MW) and Eólica del Estrecho (10 MW) wind farms were launched in Tarifa, and a new exploitation model began.

Spain had 45 MW of installed wind power capacity when these two new facilities started their operations in 1993; this could be a modest figure if we compare it with the 23.5 GW of installed capacity in 2018, but it could be remarkable taking into account the immaturity of this industry at that time. This was a sector sustained, in fact, by an emerging technology. The environmental impact of these installations was one of the main worries at that time; in the same way, owners and promoters were considering retiring obsolete wind turbines and replacing them with other bigger and more efficient models, instead of extending their life span as is the case today.

Isotrol participated in these projects of the new term by developing the software that established communication within the wind turbines and the control centers, also by integrating these signals into the electric company (Endesa) headquarters in Seville. But it was not until 1998 when the most innovative technology of the company broke into the Spanish wind industry to improve its efficiency. That happened in a moment of concern regarding the viability of renewable energy, as it could be verified soon afterwards, at The Hague climate change conference.


An innovative system to improve management and reduce costs

Made, Endesa’s subsidiary specialized in wind power that was finally acquired by Gamesa, commissioned Isotrol to take part in a project in control algorithms in 1998. The company entrusted the development, implementation and setting up of a wind farm’s control and management system to Isotrol. They wanted this system to make centralized teleoperation and management possible to therefore improve its availability and profitability.

However, Isotrol’s proposal went beyond that and was much more complete. Without a doubt, their experience with SCADA systems and their knowledge of telecontrol were decisive. The installed system allowed Made to access the data from wind turbines with a LonWorks communications bus every four seconds. This is a revealing fact considering that, at that time, you had to wait half a minute to do this. In the same way, the local SCADA system incorporated functionalities and configuration that were usual in commercial SCADAs with an additional communications driver that could send prioritized data to the control center. This new system guaranteed data inputs and outputs using a satellite bandwidth of 4.8 kB/s.

Made then had a centralized and accessible system that, not only eased both the centralized management of all its plants in the same control center (remote reset, reports, etc.) but also reduced the unavailability of wind turbines and the operating expenses of these installations, because it could accurately detect the origins of power losses.

Considering this result, Isotrol became one of the first companies that developed added-value solutions to improve renewable assets’ performance. The company took a leap forward that determined its history as an experienced technology partner in an industry that is crucial nowadays. Isotrol competes in this sector with its own solutions, like Bluence, and has reached 30 GW of monitored renewable power around the world.


Isotrol presents its advances in cybersecurity

Isotrol presents its advances in cybersecurity for renewable energy facilities at JNIC 2019

80 scientific projects on cybersecurity-related aspects were presented at JNIC 2019, the cybersecurity national research meeting of Spain.

The 5th National Cybersecurity Research Meeting (JNIC 2019) was recently held in Cáceres (Spain). Universities, technology and research centers, and companies showcased around 80 scientific presentations there.

Isotrol and the AICIA research group of Telematic Engineering (Andalusian Association for Research and Industrial Cooperation) showed their joint project on cybersecurity for renewable energy power plants in this event.

Rafael Estepa and Jesús Díaz (AICIA) explained the existing problems in monitoring and control renewable energy facilities in this job, as well as some basics of the Red Eléctrica Cibersegura (Secure Power Grid) project. Such proposal will allow to detect and recognize different types of cyberattacks, including those of zero-day. This project is funded by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), which is a public business entity, answering to the Government of Spain.


Isotrol presents its knowledge of renewables to the Armenian government

Isotrol presents its knowledge of renewables to the Armenian government

Carlos Mañas, who is an expert in this sector, met some representatives of the Government of Armenia and its electric grid in a session on renewable energies held by the World Bank and ICEX Spain Trade and Investment

Delegates of the Armenian government and managers of its electric grid attended a meeting on the incorporation of renewable energies into the electric system of the Caucasian country. The World Bank and ICEX organized this session in Madrid during the first week of December.

Carlos Mañas, who is an expert in renewables, took part in this meeting presenting Isotrol’s experience in assets management in mature markets. “The Armenian energy system could also benefit from available advanced technologies, such as Bluence”, said Mañas during his presentation.



PowerHub and Isotrol Partner to Offer Consolidated Renewable Energy Tools & Solutions

PowerHub and Isotrol Partner to Offer Consolidated Renewable Energy Tools & Solutions

PowerHub and Isotrol are pleased to partner to deliver a unified software solution for renewable energy professionals, whether they work in the field, or in the head office. Through this partnership, renewable energy asset owners and managers can expect a seamless integration between their monitoring and asset management software. Isotrol and PowerHub share a common mentality – they understand projects, not limits, and this partnership is a testament to that.

Isotrol, which is an international, leading technology and software firm, and PowerHub, which is an industry-leading financial asset management software company, are working together to create a bespoke, integrated asset intelligence platform seamlessly connecting teams and projects. They believe that best-of-breed companies should work together and collaborate, leveraging their expertise to deliver better value to clients.

“PowerHub is excited to partner with Isotrol, a global leader and industry powerhouse, in order to bring enhanced tools and solutions to the marketplace,” said, Etienne Lecompte, CEO of PowerHub. “PowerHub believes that our collaboration with Isotrol will unlock tremendous value for our customers, enabling them to manage the technical and financial aspects of their projects in one place. This partnership creates a platform for our two companies to do great things together, with our customers’ interests always at the forefront of our plans and initiatives.”

“This partnership is yet another piece that will bring high value-add solutions to our customers in a market segment where it is key to operate with high efficiency. Working with PowerHub will allow Isotrol to manage all project information, whether at the field or management level of our customers’ projects,” said Beltran Calvo, CEO of Isotrol. “Isotrol is very proud, together with PowerHub, to deliver a platform that allows our clients worldwide to get the best from their assets, enhancing their profitability”.

Isotrol and PowerHub help manage a combined 42 gigawatts of PV, biomass, hydroelectric, wind, and solar assets worldwide. Their systems support clean energy assets in 50+ countries worldwide.


Isotrol presents its last innovations at WindEuropre 2019

Isotrol presents its last innovations at WindEuropre 2019

Isotrol showcased recent developments in Machine Learning applications in the Wind industry at this top European trade fair.

José García Franquelo, who is the head of Innovation and Technology at Isotrol, participated as speaker in a session on the challenges of wind farms’ integration into the power markets and the electric grid. Franquelo’s lecture “Using prediction machine learning tools to optimize the participation of wind farms in the power markets”, was very well received by the attendees.

Know more about Isotrol’s activities in renewable energy industry.


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