Photo 1 | The control room of the offshore project "Viking" off the island of Rügen - from here the operators access the turbines of the wind farm 70 kilometres away via a remote connection. At the same time they monitor all ship movements within the area on the newly installed large display wall.
Photo 2 | JST 3D planning: The astonishing similarity to the previous motif shows which possibilities photorealistic planning opens up. Those involved can virtually experience their new control center virtually in advance. There is also an opportunity to put the finishing touches on the project - at Iberdrola, for example, the addition of two more large-screen displays to the video wall.
Photo 3 | JST 3D planning: Spatial conditions are taken into account in the 3D planning as well as colours and light influences...
Photo 4 | …the customer is offered a detailed implementation of the previous drafts after the realisation.
Photo 5 | JST furniture: The topic of "ergonomics" played a central role for Project Manager Marco Schwarmann when furnishing the new control room. Here, for example, with work tables that are easy on the back. The height adjustment of the Stratos X11® OperatorDesks up to standing height allows an alternating posture and avoids damage to health.
Photo 6 | JST control desk: The special Stratos X11® OperatorDesks are equipped with inspection flaps, behind which there are generously laid out and illuminated supply rooms...
Photo 7 | ... they conceal large quantities of cables and technology, such as the multi-console. Just one of many aspects that make the Stratos X11® so distinctive.
Photo 8 | JST PowerPort Data Box: Flush mounted in the surface of the Stratos X11® OperatorDesk: the PowerPort-Data Box, which...
Photo 9 | ... makes all desired connections available directly at the workplace. An additional advantage of this practical solution is that the personal keyboards and mice used by the shift workers can be changed conveniently without having to bend down and search.
Photo 10 | JST MultiConsoling®: With the graphic MultiConsoling user interface myGUI® (monitor on the left side of the picture) the consoles of the workstations and the large display wall are shown as "control room picture". All required sources are displayed on the side and can be dragged and operated by the employees via customisable icons on any screen at the workstation or large display wall with a simple mouse click.
Photo 11 | JST large display screen: A successful solution, both visually and technically: The JST DisplaySuit with brushed aluminium surfaces offers the basis for the proven JST...
Photo 12 | … QuickOut mounting system, where individual displays can be easily pushed forward by light pressure on the outer edges - perfect possibilities for service accessibility without interruption of operation!
Photo 13 | JST consulting: Even after project completion, the direct exchange for JST consultant Timo Bredehöft (right) is still part of the partnership: "I am very interested in how, for example, the employees deal with our solutions. Because that is exactly what it's all about - providing the operator with the right tools to safely manage the tasks in the control room despite growing data volumes and systems to be monitored".
Photo 14 | JST technology: The methodically sophisticated hardware components for the JST operating concept MultiConsoling®; from above: the Cross Connector, the MultiCenter as the heart of the system, components for Grabber VM and myGUI® controller (everything integrated in the RackMount-Kit)
Photo 15 | JST technology: Indispensable components for the effective use of MultiConsoling® control system: The power unit (top), which is located in the 19-inch installation kit, is decisive for the 230-volt supply of the grabbers below.
Remote monitoring: control room crowns "Viking" wind farm project
Around a quarter of the electricity produced in Germany is generated from wind power. And the rapid development in the regenerative energy sector continues unabated against the background of ambitious climate targets throughout Europe. One of the big players in the sector is the Spanish company Iberdrola. With the “Vikings” project, the Group has realised a wind farm in the German Baltic Sea that supplies the equivalent of 350,000 households or more than 20 percent of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern with energy. To ensure that green electricity flows without restriction thanks to remote monitoring, the team in the control room in Sassnitz relies on cooperation with JST – Jungmann Systemtechnik®.
70 wind turbines in the five-megawatt output class, an area of around 34 square kilometres and at the heart of the plant: the transformer platform. Here, all the electricity from the individual turbines is not only combined, but also converted to the required level. Nobody here can and will afford technical faults. This makes it all the more important that remote monitoring from the mainland, 70 kilometres away, is ensured by reliably stable technical installations. It is precisely this remote access, which makes the approximately one and a half hour boat trip out to the wind farm unnecessary, that is the linchpin in the control center of the “Viking Offshore Wind Farm”.
“State of the art" solution needed
For almost two years, the control room staff of Iberdrola Renovables Offshore Deutschland GmbH on the island of Rügen monitored “their” wind farm from a temporary base. But a glance at other wind energy control rooms quickly made it clear: buzzing computers under the desks, an army of keyboards and mice, each of which is connected to individual computers and repeatedly turns the activation of desired applications into a “search game” – this is not “state of the art”.
"Always bumped into Jungmann"
“There were also more convincing solutions in terms of ergonomics,” recalls Marco Schwarmann, Assistant Site Manager of the Viking Offshore Wind Farm. In his more than 20 years of experience in the wind energy sector, the expert has built up a broad network. So it was not difficult for him to combine reference visits to industry colleagues with modern control rooms. Schwarmann: “I came across Jungmann Systemtechnik again and again”. For example at JST customer “Adwen” in Bremerhaven.
The control room for the project “Vikings” before and after the reconstruction. For two years, the temporary facility served to monitor the wind farm in the Baltic Sea off Rügen.
Easily integrate new tasks
“And what I saw there really convinced me,” says the project manager. “We compared the JST concepts with the possibilities of other suppliers and found out With JST, I have the freedom to say that tomorrow I want to monitor an additional element – I can easily do that. For growing monitoring tasks, we simply add the hardware; all interfaces are already available.“
No special training necessary
The MultiConsoling® from JST serves as the technical basis for the completely new control room on Rügen. A system that allows any source to be displayed in real time on workstation monitors, on individual displays in the video wall or as a BigPicture across several large display walls with just one keyboard-and-mouse unit – and all with just a few clicks. Marco Schwarmann: “This simple, intuitive control system is great. No employee needs to be specially trained for this. I can reach all my systems on the outsourced computers in the technical room with just a few key combinations and can work freely”.
Sea room and offshore substation in view
These various systems in the Viking Wind Farm control room include remote monitoring of the transformer platform, which has been designed redundantly for safety reasons, and control of the sea area in and around the wind farm. A new video wall with 24/7-optimised business displays enables operators to keep a constant eye on ship movements and give early warnings of possible “course deviations”.
Step by step to the perfect solution
Wind expert Schwarmann praises in particular the intensive cooperation with JST consultant Timo Bredehöft, who has been involved in the project from the very beginning: “During our first visit to the control room simulator , we were mainly concerned with the question ‘What is going on?’ After we had looked at and tried everything, we were able to approach a solution together, step by step. And by the end of the day, Mr. Bredehöft had already developed a concept for us that was ultimately 90 percent just like that – perfect!”.
Reference projects of JST (selection)
- s.Oliver, Rottendorf
- SachsenEnergie, Dresden
- SAG, Berlin
- SAG, Nürnberg / Nürnberg Messe
- Salzgitter Flachstahl
- Senvion SE, Osterrönfeld
- SGL Carbon Group, Bonn
- SIEMENS, Wegberg
- Spenner Zement, Erwitte
- Städtische Werke Magdeburg
- Stadtwerke Gießen
- Stadtwerke Ratingen
- Stadtwerke Schwerin, Kraftwerk Süd
- Stadtwerke Steinburg GmbH, Itzehoe
- Stadtwerke Wolfenbüttel
- Starlim Sterner, Marchtrenk
- STORAG ETZEL, Friedeburg
- Straßenverkehrsamt Frankfurt am Main
- Swisscom, Zurich