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Santerno Introduces New PV Power Plant Controller that Provides
Single Point of Control at Solar Power International
New Power Plant Controller Reduces Cost of PV System Management By
Eliminating Need for Multiple Controllers and Includes Self-tuning POI to
Accommodate International Grid Codes.
Chicago, USA (October 21, 2013) -- At Solar Power International this week, Santerno,
the Carraro Group company that specializes in alternative energy electronics and
industrial automation, will display its new Santerno PV Power Plant Controller (PPC). The
Santerno PPC is a utility-scale solar power system controller that consolidates
management of photovoltaic (PV) power plants, providing a single point of integrated
control and monitoring.
Santerno developed its own power plant controller in order to reduce costs and expand
management capability and control for its utility PV customers. The Santerno PPC is a
complete control solution that provides a single access point for the plant supervisory
control and data acquisition (SCADA) control systems, including all PV inverters, the data
logger, and auxiliary services. This eliminates the need to integrate a separate
management system for the solar power inverters.
The Santerno PPC also provides a single, self-tuned, modified proportional internal (PI)
controller which operates at the plant level to make sure all the inverters match power grid
code requirements. Unlike other systems, the Santerno PPC does not require the trial-
and-error approach typically used to match standard PI regulators. The power parameters
are set in advance using the plant data and the electrical characteristic data for the Point
of Interconnection (POI) so it automatically matches international grid code requirements.
"As an engineering-oriented company, we are always working to develop new technology
that solves our customers' needs and delivers the highest return on investment. By
developing our own Power Plant Controller we are able to consolidate management of
Santerno solar inverters with other plant monitoring and SCADA systems into a single
interface," said Franco Valentini, Marketing Director of Santerno. "When you add in
support from our online Web management portal, you have a complete controller solution,
including remote monitoring."
The Santerno PPC can be configured for most grid operator protocols, and is compliant
with European and worldwide standards, field programmable according to local
regulations. It also can be optionally configured to control static VAR compensator (SVC)
or static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) at the Point of Interconnections (POI).
This enables the PV plant for Extended Power Capability or Flexible AC Transmission
System functions. It also has Digital Control Functions, including closed loop active power
curtailment, closed look reactive power control, closed-loop POI voltage control, and P(f)
Santerno is displaying its new PPC at Solar Power International, booth 746. For more
information, visit http://www.santerno.com.
Headquartered in Imola, Italy, with offices around the globe, Santerno designs and
markets solar inverters and products used to produce electricity from renewable sources.
Since 2006 the company has been part of the Carraro Group, a multinational company
specializing in power transmission systems with engineering and production operations in
16 countries. Santerno has more than 40 years of expertise in design automation of
power electronics and has manufactured solar power inverters for 27 years, hybrid
vehicles for 16 years, and wind power systems for six years. Santerno has more than 40
For more information, visit http://www.santerno.com.
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