In Bad Bocklet E.ON Bayern realized a trendsetting biogas project with an investment of around 1.5 million euros. The group uses zenon for the visualization and controlling of the energy generation and energy distribution.
The concept of a biogas cogeneration plant convinced the leaders of the spa town of Bad Bocklet both in an ecological as well as economical context: only plant-based substances are processed into biogas the plant. In the biogas cogeneration plant (CHP) heat and electricity is obtained from the processing of plant-based substances. E.ON Bayern Wärme GmbH built the biogas cogeneration plant and also operates the heating network. The biogas cogeneration plant consumes approximately 12,000 tons of renewable raw materials (mainly corn) per year to produce around 4,700 megawatt-hours of energy that E.ON Bayern Wärme GmbH feeds into the power grid. Through this, the biogas cogeneration plant is able to cover about one-third of the total annual electricity demand of the households and businesses in Bad Bocklet with renewable energy. At the same time, the plant produces about 3,200 megawatt-hours of heat for the heating of spas, hotels, a pharmacy and a private residential building.
E.ON Bayern relies on the zenon software from COPA-DATA for the visualization and controlling of the power generation and distribution. Martin Schütze, project manager at the E.ON Bayern Wärme GmbH in Bayreuth, and his colleagues opted for zenon, because – among other aspects – it is an open solution and it enables the energy company to use any hardware as a platform. With Prozesstechnik Kropf GmbH, the power company found a qualified partner for the implementation of the entire project. Today, E.ON Bayern Wärme GmbH has a complete overview of all the important information at a glance: with zenon, the operators are able to control all plant components and maintain an overview of all energy generation processes. In the Bad Bocklet cogeneration plant, zenon visualizes and monitors all the information pertaining to processes, devices and machines as well as events, alarms and conditions.