High-tech control systems and IT form the basis for digitalizing the energy system: Controllers coordinate the decentralized systems, ensure easy and secure communication in the smart grid and store measurement data that's protected against cyberattacks in the cloud.
WAGO offers the right solutions and concepts today for every step of the process.
An energy consumer needs communication, both between the individual stakeholders and interest groups as well as in technical terms: To get a grip on the increasing decentralization and fluctuation of power generation, the individual components of the energy system must be linked to each other in smart grids across sectors. The start is in the electricity sector: Modern automation technology, integrated into decentralized suppliers, intelligent distribution substations and virtual power plants optimizes control of the distribution grid. Modernizing the gas and heat grid is the next step, and WAGO provides the necessary controllers. Advantages of WAGO's solution:
With decentralization and digitization of the electricity sector, heat and mobility have become priorities for utility providers. The energy transition only works with storage systems. In contrast to the electrical grid, the heat and gas networks offer greater capacities. For that reason, power-to-heat and power-to-gas systems are becoming more important. They can use excess green electricity to produce heat, along with storable hydrogen and methane. WAGO already supplies manufacturers of such systems. At the same time, we support suppliers in modernizing their heat and gas networks, a task made necessary by energy sector linkage and the resultant increasing complexity of energy flows. And the industry-proven WAGO-I/O-SYSTEM serves as the automation platform. Advantages of WAGO's solution:
The cloud can offer significant advantages to the energy sector with its computing capacity. As an example, wind farm operators can increase power production and optimize wind farm maintenance by analyzing turbine data in the cloud, or grid operators can use system data and weather forecasts to better predict grid status. WAGO PFC100 and PFC200 Controllers are used to connect to the cloud thanks to a firmware update and the respective library in the IEC program. The controllers can then automatically transmit field-level values to the cloud at definable intervals. Communication is secured by an encrypted TLS connection using the MQTT protocol. Advantages of the WAGO Cloud for your own cloud application:
There can be serious consequences for energy producers if they aren't securely connected to the Internet. Cybercriminals can use system controllers to hack into control centers and shut them down, jeopardizing the power supply and even threatening wide-range blackouts in a worst-case scenario. The good news: Operators now know the dangers and cybersecurity is becoming more important. WAGO controllers will play a crucial role in your company's security policies and procedures. PC-based operating systems must receive weekly security updates as they do not otherwise provide sufficient cybersecurity; the hardened firmware of a WAGO controller, however, does meet the corresponding security requirements. Advantages of WAGO's solution:
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