XP's Real-Time Control System (RTCS) allows the DPR® equipment (i.e. PowerCells™ and power electronics) to operate seamlessly together and with the grid without the need for a full-time operator. Custom programmed to meet your specific needs, the RTCS monitors the status of the conditions both internal and external to the DPR, maintains a safe operating environment, and allows users to remotely change settings in real-time. The RTCS is composed of three main components that together control the DPR equipment and record all appropriate data:
- Web-based user interface – for remote operation and monitoring, integrated into the customer's existing control system or accessible through a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) – Communicates with Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), which collect readings from external sensors, meters, and breakers to relay data necessary for safe and accurate operation of the DPR.
- Data Server – Transfers and stores data in a secure database that allows customers to access controls and permissions, interface with the XP Graphical User Interface (GUI), and view graphical representations of historical and live operational data.
For integration with all components internal or external to the DPR, XP® meets or exceeds all current Cyber Security standards, so that you can be confident that your assets are secure from cyber attack.
In addition to integrating the above components, the RTCS also takes readings from any 3rd party SCADA, communication protocols, and voltage and current data in order to accurately provide the required system response of both real and reactive power. This combination of robust processing and flexible operation allow for XP to program a variety of services.
Key Characteristics of RTCS:
- Custom algorithms for specific applications and services
- Fixed operating modes or dynamic response to changing market conditions
- Real-time configurable program logic
- Redundant controls
- Local or remote control modes
- Automated or manual operation modes
- Can represent either master or slave control system
- Meets or exceeds national Cyber Security standards