Industrial Automation Solution was approached by Novel Therm to build the controls for their geothermal heat engine. Novel Therm is an innovator in the geothermal green energy arena. They were interested in both controlling the Stirling heat engine and being able to log extensive amounts of data.
We selected the iQ-R PLC by Mitsubishi Electric to control and gather data from the Stirling heat engine. The iQ-R series PLC is a rack bases PLC and has a variety of different modules and redundant PLC capabilities. Expansion was also a concern as the development of the project moves to the next phase.
For visualization, we used the GT2108 HMI from Mitsubishi Electric. This gave us the graphical interface locally at the unit and remote viewing/control from anywhere with an internet connection.