Optimal Engineering Design for Dependable Water and Power Generation
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Workpackage 7

WP-7: Integrated Implementation and Control System Design of a Prototype

Workpackage number: WP-7 Start date or starting event: 21

Participants: TN DE ES JO DZ Total PM Person-months per participant: 13 10 9 4 2 38


O-7.1: To specify the hardware and software for the real-time operation

O-7.2: To integrate the RO plant, the power supply subsystem and the control system to obtain the whole prototype

O-7.3: To start up the whole plant and to carry out intensive operative tests, data logging and model validation

Description of work

T-7.1: Transfer of components: (TN): All tested components should be transported to the place, where the prototype will be assembled. The corresponding groups will be responsible for the delivery of the components and TN for the reception and care at installation site. Laboratory infrastructure has to be created before this deadline.

T-7.2: Prototype integration (TN): The whole plant will be built in the laboratory. Later, when the containerised prototype is working properly at laboratory conditions, it should be moved to the exterior to start field-testing outdoors. The energy supply subsystem including all components (photovoltaic panels, wind turbine, diesel generator, batteries and energy management), the RO plant and the instrumentation will be joined to create a small-scaled plant, which will produce drinking water and electrical power based on renewable energies.

T-7.3: Start-up and field-testing of the whole plant (TN, JO, DZ,): The plant will be started up progressively subsystem by subsystem. An iterative procedure to solve malfunctions will be applied. First operational tests will be performed: Check of operability of all subsystems, check of proper functioning of sensors, energy consumption, etc. Chemicals for pre-treatment and post-treatment have to be chosen and prepared.

T-7.4: Implementation of the real-time control system (DE, ES): Specifications for the real-time hardware and software shall be performed. The definition of interfaces for the real-time software development as well as the implementation and optimisation of algorithms for real-time operation (start up, shut down, control, change of operation points, etc.) will constitute the most activities of this task. Monitoring and fault-detection tasks require appropriate modelling of the plant behaviour and prediction methods also including weather-forecast data.

T-7.5: Test of the real-time system (TN, DE, ES): The real-time system has intensively to be tested to detect inconsistencies and programming errors.


D-7.1: Optimal prototype for RO desalination with renewable energies

D-7.2: Real-time system for fault-tolerant control, supervision and remote monitoring

D-7.3: Report and handbook on the real-time control system

Milestones and expected result

M-7.1: Start integration after all parts were delivered

M-7.2: Start-up and field testing completed

M-7.3: Start control system implementation after the plant is operative

R-7.1: Successful prototype start-up and testing

R-7.2: Successful control and supervision system

T-7.5 and partially the task T-7.3 shall be carried out by the subcontracted company CO2.