Gantner supplies monitoring and control equipment to the biggest PV carport plant in Austria.
While Gantner Instruments Environment Solutions is typically focused on large utility scale PV power plants with mostly ground-mounted applications worldwide, we are pleased to get the opportunity to also support certain different projects with our monitoring, control and analytics solutions too.
One of those special projects was implemented for the thermal bath ‘Sonnentherme’ Lutzmannsburg in Austria’s Burgenlandkreis. Austria’s biggest PV plant integrated on a carport facility with an electricity production capability of 1.600 kWp was finished end of last year and is running successfully now.
This carport facility with PV modules on top offers space for 400 cars and does not only supply ecologically clean electricity, but also provides guests of the Sonnentherme comfortable and safe shelters for their cars under sun and rain conditions. Almost 99 % of the green electricity generated is used by the thermal bath itself.
Gantner’s scope on this project is the monitoring, control and analytics of the PV plant. The communication between our solution and the distribution network operator “Energie Burgenland AG” is provided by an IEC 60870-5-104 interface. Performing control functions as to assure almost 100% self-consumption and to guarantee the limitation of maximum feed-in is in charge of the Gantner power plant controller Q.reader. The monitoring and analytics software Gantner.webportal is applied to optimize the output of the PV plant over its complete lifetime. It helps to immediately detect underperformance and to resolve O&M issues.
The installation of the system was carried out by the EPC company E-König from Bad Vöslau, Austria. A total of 3,960 modules were installed on the carport’s roof area covering an area of approx. 7,200 m².
In fact, not an ordinary project with view on the infrastructural PV plant construction and for us another diverse application to use our market leading datalogger and power plant controller Q.reader.