A new £500,000 power station control room has been commissioned by a
Scottish renewable energy services provider.
From its global head office in Dumfries-shire, Natural Power can now
remotely control – among others – the newly-commissioned Olsen Renewable’s
Brockloch Rig wind-turbine electricity generation station in Ayrshire.
The facility is now the largest, independently operated, 24-hour power
station control room in the UK.
It manages more than 175 renewable power generating assets which are
located throughout the UK, Ireland, France and the US.
The control centre employs 19 people and manages 5-GW of capacity – for
comparison, Scotland’s maximum national demand is 6 GW – from onshore and
offshore wind turbines, biomass, solar and hydro-power projects.
Stephen Trotter, Natural Power managing director, said: “Last year we
decided to take control centre to the next level.
“To ensure we remain at the forefront of asset management, data provision
and security requirements, this investment is designed to deliver the next
decade of services to a market where customers demand more flexibility and
where interaction between generators, system and network operators has
become more complex.”