The BCS® Suite improves your biomass heating (power) plant in several areas. It consists of six standardised modules and the additional cloud solution. In the BCS® Suite, we combine process engineering know-how with modern control technology and digitalisation to create a compact, quickly deployable product.
You benefit from the improvement in overall efficiency and the consistently efficient operation of your biomass heating (power) plant. Less fuel is used and less work is required due to a significant reduction in the necessary manual interventions, which is economically significant. Optimising your biomass heating (power) plant with a BCS® also makes a considerable contribution to climate protection by significantly reducing emissions. The service life of your system is also extended thanks to constant, even operation of the boiler.
BCS® – Biomass Control Solution
Based on the potential study, we select the right combination of pre-configured BCS® modules for your specific system configuration. We then adapt the BCS® Suite to your requirements in order to optimally exploit the potential for improvement identified for your plant.
The BCS® Suite increases performance with innovative control concepts that are optimally designed for the processes in heating (power) plant operation. The BCS® handles different system controls in the inventory as a superordinate control and convinces with complete cloud connection. Integration into the existing environment takes place seamlessly during operation, without downtimes and without intervention in the existing safety chain.
The BCS® Suite follows a superordinate control strategy that presets setpoints on existing control loops. This ensures that the existing plants integrated into the BCS® continue to be operated within the process engineering limits and corresponding safety concepts specified by the plant manufacturer. The existing safety concept remains fully in place and is not affected or restricted in any way by the overriding regulation.
Thanks to improved overall efficiency and a significant reduction in fuel consumption and own power consumption, the use of the BCS® Suite also improves the sustainability of your plant in step with the increase in economic efficiency. This also leads to a reduction in emissions. The BCS® Cloud also enables accurate reporting to reduce your carbon footprint, making valuable contributions to sustainability reporting.
The BCS® Cloud is the digital supplement for process and control optimisation of your biomass heating (power) plant within the BCS® Suite. It is equipped with comprehensive IT security concepts and convinces with a wide range of functions as well as highest availability.
The primary functionalities relate to visualisation, documentation and reporting as well as a wide range of evaluations, which can be extended by artificial intelligence functionalities on request. You benefit from a holistic view of your investment in real time as well as a clear presentation of KPIs and benchmarking. Soft sensors for non-measurable parameters are also shown. The BCS® Cloud also supports reporting on the achievement of sustainability targets according to the EU taxonomy.
With the BCS® Cloud, you receive a company-specific portal with secure access. If you have several facilities with BCS® Suites, the BCS® Cloud also allows you to bundle the data of several locations. This allows you to benefit from a holistic visualisation and evaluation of your data as well as from cross-system reporting. The integrated role-based authorisation concept, multi-factor authentication and the use of common security standards support the optimal use of your data. Data transmission is based on MQTT and OPC UA, but other protocols are also possible.
With specifically defined hardware and software for the BCS®, there is clear shielding from the Internet and the existing customer network. Access to the BCS® Cloud is secured by firewalls. The network topology is aligned with the client’s security policy.
Functions of the BCS® Cloud
- Online display and storage of process values in time series as well as all data also available on site at the PLC
- Data-based presentation of KPIs, models and scenarios (e.g. combustion chamber models, heat balance, efficiency, …)
- Performance monitoring, visualisation of optimisation results
- Enabling diagnostics via individual system parts (e.g. sensor diagnostics)
- Service support as remote maintenance access
BCS® project procedure
In principle, it is possible to carry out a BCS® project as an investment or via a user agreement. In both cases, the implementation conforms to the EU taxonomy. The contributions corresponding to the environmental objectives (taxonomy, Article 9) are presented.
We design your BCS® project together in three phases.
In the potential study, we analyse your biomass heating (power) plant and derive process and control technology improvement potentials that can be exploited through plant adaptation and implementation of the BCS® Suite. The potential study includes a well-founded analysis of available operating data with suitable tools for data analysis, an on-site inspection of the plant for the purpose of identifying the plant condition, and an intensive exchange with the operating team. We link the insights gained in this process with the results from the data analysis and derive the optimisation potentials as a whole. Furthermore, we develop variants for the implementation of the optimization as a basis for decision-making for the following phase of implementation.
Depending on the type of optimisation you have decided on, the engineering for the plant adaptation (process engineering), the development of the control concept, the customising of the control system and the implementation on site are carried out. We adapt your system in coordination with downtimes, supplement or renew sensor technology, create the prerequisites for the BCS® Suite (hardware: PLC, server, network connection; software) and commission the new higher-level control system with signal switching (cold and warm commissioning). The existing safety concepts remain fully functional. The operating staff is fully trained and the implementation project is completed.
The commissioning is immediately followed by an operation that is intensively accompanied by us via secure remote maintenance in order to round off the optimisation, taking into account the various operating states. The BCS® Service comprises several services in stages, such as the periodic automation check, license maintenance, software updates and process and control engineering support in the event of unexpected operating states. In many cases, this is also rounded off with complementary service packages for ongoing optimisation and sound interpretation of available data. Based on evaluations, we support the adaptation of your parameterisation, carry out changes and advise you if necessary. This ensures safe and high-performance operation throughout the entire life cycle of the BCS®.
Information about our service packages can be found under the following link: Service packages
You can find more detailed information on this product via the link box, or request our product folder on the BCS® Suite.
- Firing rate control
- Buffer storage management
- Load hierarchy management
- District heat pump control
- Peak load boiler control
- Steam extraction control
- Optimisation of biomass heating (power) plants
- Bad point control
- Project Norske Skog
- Deployment in Korea – Remote into the future
“The data analysis and interpretation at the beginning clearly showed the potential. The compact optimization concept combined the renewal of the control system with as few conversion measures as possible. The commissioning was well prepared and proceeded professionally and without problems. The result is convincing.”
Christoph Trenker, Fernheizwerk Welsberg Niederdorf (FWN)
“The renewal measures implemented by VOIGT+WIPP Engineers on the EMSRT including energy efficiency optimization at the Bramberg heating plant lead to significantly higher efficiencies than in the past. The plant was upgraded in two phases to the latest control and regulation technology with the BCS® Suite. With the investment made, Salzburg AG has made a contribution to the more efficient use of domestic resources.” Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Ing. Günther Seifter, Manager Holzwärme Altenmarkt GmbH
“In the past years, VOIGT+WIPP Engineers implemented several projects for Stadtwärme Lienz after a potential analysis with the fire power control BCS® FLR, the buffer storage management BCS® PSM and the load hierarchy management BCS® LHM and the required automation. With high control quality, ease of operation, and significant improvements – for example, increased performance in the ORC module – we continue to be convinced of the quality of the BCS suite. In service, we benefit from pleasant cooperation and thus keep our control system up to date.”
Ing. Thomas Mühlmann, operations manager Stadtwärme Lienz
“VOIGT+WIPP Engineers implemented the fire power control and the buffer storage management for our biomass cogeneration plant with the BCS®. Currently, we have also automated the peak load boiler and integrated it into the higher-level BCS® Suite control system. The implementation was again smooth, on schedule and within the calculated expenditure. Thanks to the integration into the higher-level buffer storage management, we not only save on manual intervention but also on fuel (oil), which reduces our CO2 footprint.”
DI Benjamin Lachmayer, managing director Nahwärme Neukirchen