Siemens Answers with Motion Control Solutions for Renewable Solar and Wind Energy

Siemens’ introduction into the field of renewable energy has come with a long history and strong focus on automation in solar photovoltaic and thermal systems. Capable of supporting solar efforts with industry-specific motion control solutions and expertise, Siemens also applies its full range of knowledge to wind technologies and evolving fields of renewable energy.

Reasons to Choose Siemens for Renewable Energy

Committed to understanding your needs for your specific industry, Siemens provides industry-targeted consultative engineering services, specification creation and cutting-edge solutions for renewable energy applications. Siemens Motion Control products and solutions can be used for critical handling and positioning applications in numerous areas related to renewable energy, such as:

  • Cells, Panels and Thin Film - for crystalline and thin film production used in the creation of solar photo-voltaic panels

  • Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) – for moving receptacles that follow the sun in order to collect heat to warm a medium that drives a turbine

  • Wind Power – for moving turbines to follow wind direction and for manufacture of windmill components


The Right Solutions

With integrated automation and drive technology through SINAMICS, Siemens has motion control solutions for applications related to the manufacturing of solar cells and modules, both crystalline and thin film. Simple point-to-point moves for positioning applications employ the SINAMICS S110 solution. SINAMICS S120 is used for more advanced applications, such as winding functionality and coordinated moves found in wire saws and position coordinated and interpolated motion such as with pick-and-place module assembly, wafer handling solutions, and module encapsulation.

More advantages of SINAMICS for Cells, Panels and Thin Film

  • More precise tension in wire saw cuts for thinner wafers and faster cuts

  • Ready-to-run handling application allows for automated cell and module assembly

  • Package features teach in functionality, belt tracking, vision system integration and defined protection zones

  • Applicable to packages featuring various kinematic forms, from the simple 3-D Cartesian to the more advanced SCARA robots, articulated arms or a delta 3 picker

  • Specialized application for controlling the glue dosing on PV modules based on interpolated motion and path velocity, allowing for faster output of modules with repeatable high quality


The Right Products

From motion controllers to motor and drive technology, Siemens provides every product needed to build or upgrade glass manufacturing machines.

Controllers

Control your entire setup with a motion system that is drive-based, PC-based or PLC-based and can easily automate the most complex equipment.

SIMOTION

SIMATIC T-CPU

SIMATIC PLC

Drives

Notable for reliability and performance, Siemens motion control drives also provide flexibility, ease-of-use and integrated safety features.

SINAMICS

High-Performance Motors for Motion Control

A broad spectrum of powerful and compact motors specifically for motion control applications.

SIMOTICS

Safety Integrated Technology

When it comes to the safety of machine operators, Siemens has the solutions to keep them out of harm's way. From light sensors and area sensors to bus solutions for E-Stop buttons and other indicators, Siemens has Integrated Safety Solutions for the most demanding applications. And by integrating safety in drive technology, it simplifies the system, requiring fewer components, and saving engineering and wiring costs..

Integrated Safety Solutions


Renewable Energy Technology Briefs

Description
Date/Type

Sector

Siemens Products

Features

Siemens integrated production machine solutions for producing solar industry components

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2014

Solar

SIMATIC PCS7 Process Control
SIMATIC S7 PLCs
SINAMICS Drives

Integrated Automation
• Production Efficiency

At the 2013 Hannover Fair Siemens presents itself as a complete supplier of electrotechnical equipment for wind power plants - focusing on the completeness of the wind equipment portfolio, the reliability of the wind turbines, and the company’s serial production

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2013

Wind

Extensive Portfolio

• Complete Solution

By connecting the engineering software COMOS with the process control system SIMATIC PCS 7, Siemens established an integrated plant management system, that supports the entire life cycle of an industrial plant. Based on this integrated plant management system it is possible to shorten the owner operators "time to market", save costs and increase quality

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2012

Solar

SIMATIC PCS7 Process Control

• Product Lifecycle Management
• Shorter Time-to-Market
• Cost Effectiveness
• Finished Product Quality

Interesting video highlights Siemens HVDC technology as the effective solution to transmitting renewable power over long distances

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2012

Wind

• Innovative Solution

Conversation between Gaspare Hilgner from Schmid and Stefan Kreudler from Siemens: regarding Siemens automation and drive solutions for Layup Station project

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2010

Solar

SIMOTION D Motion Control
SIMOTICS T Torque Motors

• Single-Source Advantages


Renewable Energy Success Stories

Story
Date/Type

Sector

Siemens Products

Features

Benefits

A Portland, OR below-ground system uses natural water flow to create energy. Siemens motors and regenerative drives produce 1.1MW of electricity per year - enough to power 150 homes

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2015 ( USA)

Small Hydro

SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives
SIMOTICS T Torque Motors

• Innovative Solution
• Environmental Concerns
Energy Efficiency

End User

Realistically simulating the complex, wind-driven behavior of multi-megawatt offshore wind turbines on the world's largest test stand for large bearings, requires perfect interaction between components and systems

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2013

Wind

SIMATIC S7-300 PLC
• SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives

SINAMICS S150 Enclosed High-Performance Drives

• Manufacturing Precision
Integrated Automation
Machine Safety

End User

SINAMICS S110 drives are used for processing glass for the solar panel industry, proving themselves for the simple and reliable positioning of individual axes

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2012

Solar

SINAMICS S110 Positioning Drives
SIMOTICS S 1FK7 Servo Motors

• Manufacturing Precision
• Production Efficiency

Machine Builder

Because biogas plants must work around the clock, great emphasis is placed on diagnostics and availability. A company specialized in the production and service of biogas plants therefore uses motor feeders with IO-Link activation, allowing service and remote maintenance to be optimized

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2012

Biogas

SIMATIC IO-Link

• Increased Availability
• Communications Advantages

End User

Drive-based motion control enables extremely dynamic and precise application of butyl on semiconductor thin-film substrates

Read PDF

2010

Solar

SINAMICS S120 Servo Drives
SIMOTION D Motion Control
SIMOTICS S 1FK7 Servo Motors

• Engineering Efficiency
• Finished Product Quality
• Manufacturing Simulation

Machine Builder


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