Transforming King Island's power station for increased renewable energy use
Logica Australia, a leading IT and business services provider has partnered with Cisco to upgrade the communications network at Tasmania’s King Island power station. The upgrade is a key component of Hydro Tasmania’s $46 million King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP).
David Brown, Project Manager Hydro Tasmania, explains: “We selected Logica and Cisco because they offered a robust, state-of-the-art, reliable communications system for a very complex power station operating in harsh environmental conditions, combined with a good commercial outcome. They helped us deliver a key aspect of the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project.”
The King Island project will see 65% of the island’s energy needs supplied from renewable sources. It will combine wind, solar, storage technology and smart grid management systems while also trialling biodiesel. If the biodiesel trial is successful, CO2 emissions will be reduced by up to 95%.
As part of the communications network upgrade, Logica installed thirteen Cisco 2520 Connected Grid switches and two Cisco 2010 Connected Grid routers, which are specially designed for use in transmission and distribution power substations. Electrical contractors replaced copper wire with fibre optic cabling. Network routers and switches have recently been tested and installed.
Wayne Usher, Project Manager Logica, explained: “We’re helping Hydro Tasmania integrate new technologies into their network, with the intelligence needed to provide a reliable, stable and renewable electricity supply. Logica is pleased to have partnered with Cisco to deliver a highly secure network that enables two-way communication for substation automation.”
Sara Adams, director of the Partner Business Group for Cisco Australia and New Zealand, said: “In partnership with Logica, Cisco is proud of the successful implementation of its Connected Grid solution at Hydro Tasmania’s King Island power station. Purpose-built for utility substations to improve grid reliability and cost savings, the solution is highly secure and compliant with regulatory mandates and industry standards such as IEC 61850 and IEEE 1613.”
As an accredited Cisco Gold Certified Partner, Logica has a highly specialised local team with the qualifications required to successfully implement Cisco Connected Grid technologies which offer integrated, industry leading security, extensive instrumentation and remote diagnostic capabilities.
The Cisco Connected Grid range of products is specifically designed for the energy utility industry as part of an end-to-end smart grid strategy that envisions a ubiquitous IP data network to meet the growing requirements in the energy utility sector.
Logica was the first Cisco partner in Australia to achieve Cisco Substation Automation ATP specialisation.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Logica is a business and technology service company, employing 41,000 people. It provides business consulting, systems integration and outsourcing to clients around the world, including many of Europe's largest businesses. Logica creates value for clients by successfully integrating people, business and technology. It is committed to long term collaboration, applying insight to create innovative answers to clients’ business needs. Logica is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and Euronext (Amsterdam) (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG).More information is available at www.logica.com.
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