Representatives of the energy sector met for the first time on 22 and 23 October in Leipzig for the trade fair congress on digitization. Uwe Kühnel, Head of Business Development at Lemonbeat, took the opportunity to present the Lemonbeat solution for remote monitoring of substations.
About 150 participants accepted the invitation of Energieforen Leipzig GmbH to the trade fair congress Digitization to exchange information about innovations on the market.
Lemonbeat offers network operators a cost-effective retrofit solution for remote monitoring of substations. Those substations are the transition point from the medium-voltage network to the low-voltage network, that supply electricity to the connected households.
While the high and medium voltage levels are extensively monitored by the connection to control rooms, the low voltage network is often still a “blind spot” for many utilities.
Although solutions for intelligent substations exist on the market, they are usually quite expensive and often involve the replacement of essential components in the substation itself.
“We definitely see a need for cost-effective retrofit solutions here,” emphasizes Uwe Kühnel and continues: “Together with our pilot partner, we have developed a product based on scalable and future-proof IoT technology.
The Lemonbeat approach mainly consists of a so-called Multi Device Gateway, which can access relevant data via a Modbus interface and transport it reliably and securely into the cloud via an LTE module.
A dashboard that can be adapted to customer requirements displays the desired information at a glance, clearly arranged and with graphic elements.
“In addition to simplicity, the special feature is versatility,” emphasizes Kühnel. “Our solution is compatible with energy meters and current transformers from various suppliers.
An initial installation has already been implemented in cooperation with a major German network operator.