Enapter AG has become the first electrolyser producer running the popular OPC UA communication standard on its electrolysers.
OPC UA — Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture — is one of the world’s most important communication standards for industrial automation and Industry 4.0. Known by some as “the global production language”, OPC UA enables improved data communication and interoperability between devices and systems in many industries.
By joining the OPC Foundation behind the standard and becoming the first electrolyser producer to use OPC UA on its electrolysers, Enapter has opened up even easier deployment of its green hydrogen generators for solutions ranging from energy self-sufficiency to green gas production.
While its EL 4.0 Electrolysers running OPC UA will be able to enable easy and secure integration with 3rd party Energy Management Systems, Enapter also offers users its own Energy Management System Toolkit for integration and control of Enapter and 3rd party devices.
Enapter’s work with OPC UA started around six months ago, in parallel with the foundation of the working group developing the OPC UA interface standard for energy devices and systems. The pioneering use of OPC UA in electrolysers is also an expansion of Enapter’s open-source software focus, with some of its information model additions around green hydrogen systems also proposed to be added to the standard OPC UA information models – a development that could broaden the potential for integration of other energy transition assets within OPC UA.
Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, Founder and CEO of Enapter, said, “Alongside the OPC UA Foundation, we wanted to make it even easier for today’s industry leaders who are using systems and devices running OPC UA to transition to green hydrogen.”
Stefan Hoppe, President OPC Foundation, commented, “As industries increasingly undergo both digitalisation and decarbonisation, the certification of Enapter’s electrolysers for OPC UA is a clear signal of confidence for those wanting a reliable solution for integrating green hydrogen production into their systems.”