Stadtwerke Flensburg is a municipal utilities enterprise headquartered on the Flensburg Harbour. The company supplies electricity, district heating, water and industrial gas. (Outputs 2015: Electricity 1498.1 Mio kWh, District Heating 928.8 Mio. kWh, Water 4.9 Mio m3)
As a public utility, Stadtwerke Flensburg supplies approximately 55,000 households and companies in the region of Flensburg, Glücksburg and Harrislee with environmentally friendly electricity produced in its own modern heat and power plant facility. The network is nuclear-free since 2012, and the city supplies electricity to an additional 145,000 customers nationwide. Furthermore, it provides 98% of all households in the region with environmentally sound district heating – one of the highest density coverages worldwide.
As an innovative and environmentally aware energy supplier, the City of Flensburg decided to renovate and expand its thermal power station in 2011. The consolidated project, which was named ‘Kessel 12’ (Boiler 12) and consisted of various sub-projects, was completed in 2016. A new central control room was one of the sub-projects. While the city maintained three control rooms to manage the complex systems in the past, the reorganisation aimed to not only modernise the entire control technology but also consolidate the control rooms into one central facility.
Prior to the WEYTEC consolidation project, all the computers and systems were housed in central server rooms and connected to workplaces over simple point-to-point connections. But the multitude of diverse systems made it unworkable to simply merge the control rooms and continue to manage all the sources in an ergonomic and efficient manner. In addition to countless cables, there were also innumerable monitors and input devices at the desks to be taken into account in the design of a secure, ergonomic and efficient operational system.
The challenge was to create a central control room in which all systems are integrated onto a single platform. The users should be able to quickly and intuitively control any and all systems, depending on their individual authorisation levels or areas of responsibility, with a single multifunctional keyboard. One integrated video wall per business area was required to enhance visualisation. And the solution needed to be flexible enough so that employees can support and take over for each other in an emergency situation – even from another workplace.