Smart transformer substations allow for use of solar energy

Smart transformer substations allow for use of solar energy

This year, the Bavelse Berg waste dump in Breda was fitted with some 94,000 solar panels. Together, they provide 10,000 households a year with green electricity. This makes it one of the largest solar farms in the Netherlands. With smart transformer substations, Batenburg Energietechniek supplied the smart grid with which Enexis can connect the farm to the energy grid.

The solar farm is built on a waste dump and therefore offers a lot of space. The solar panels used are translucent to prevent interfering with the growth of the greenery underneath. This is beneficial not only for the stability of the dump but also for its ecological value. Sheep can graze peacefully under the solar panels.

Smart grid with smart transformer substations

Smart grid with smart transformer substations

Batenburg Energietechniek supplied 10 transformer substations to make this solar farm possible. These substations are unique in that they are equipped with an automation box that allows the client to read the status of the substations remotely. The data that can be viewed includes the yield of the solar farm, but also the status of the grid protection devices and other installations in our substation.

‘It is the teamwork that makes the difference here in such a large project.’ Says Maurizio Luvera, Project Manager at GOLDBECK SOLAR. ‘Working together with different companies and stakeholders makes it a challenge. And it is nice to work together in such a professional way with companies like Batenburg, FGM, Rooftop Energy and Sweco.’

 

‘It is the teamwork that makes the difference here in such a large project.’

 

For this project, we were in close contact with our client in order to deliver a client-specific product. This has resulted in 10 2500kVA transformer substations, to which some 15 inverters are connected per substation. In order to realise the right solutions, we cooperated with our suppliers ZPUE and Siemens.

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