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Rotork has announced that its IQ intelligent electric valve actuators with Rotork Pakscan two-wire digital control systems are in use throughout solar-power plants in Spain.

Rotork Iberia has worked closely with the Renovables SAMCA to integrate an IQPro actuation and control system at the recently completed La Dehesa and La Florida installations in the state of Badajoz, Spain.

The decision to use Rotork’s Pakscan P3 control system was assisted by its long range bus capabilities and the cost savings it can provide.

Each Pakscan P3 master station can operate a bus loop of up to 20km in length with no deterioration in communication performance or the need for repeaters, making it suitable for the spacious environment of a solar-power plant.

Rotork is now on site for a retrofit project on both of the plants’ HTF (Heat Transfer Fluid) pipework.

The HTF pipes carry the heat transfer oil between the parabolic mirrors, the steam plant and the power generation circuits.

At each site, Rotork is installing 168 actuators and four Pakscan P3 master stations for the automation of 3in globe valves, to introduce remote control of the HTF temperature.

The application demands very high mechanical output resolution from the actuator in response to minimal signal changes from the controller.

The linear stroke of each valve is 30mm and the requirement is to move a minimum of only one per cent of this stroke, resulting in discrete movements of only 0.3mm.

To achieve this, Rotork is supplying a linear version of the IQTF multi-turn actuator, which operates at a relatively low output speed to provide maximum resolution and accuracy.

The positional monitoring and control signal is provided by the Pakscan P3 system, using Modbus RTU protocol, over a two-wire, twisted-pair bus loop.

Automatic, inbuilt redundancy of the field network is an integral part of the Pakscan design, ensuring that control is maintained even in the event of equipment or cable failure.

In common with all Rotork IQPro actuators, data loggers within the IQTF units facilitate valve diagnostics by recording historical operating data and valve torque trends.

Using Rotork’s IQ-Insight software this data can be analysed on a PC to predict any potential operating issues, enabling maintenance to be planned in advance without interruption to normal plant operations.

The retrofit project is being carried out by Rotork Site Services, a dedicated organisation within the Rotork Group that supports all the actuator operations with a range of activities, including retrofitting, maintenance, repair, extended scope projects and life-of-plant programmes.

Rotork is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of actuators for isolating, regulating and modulating valve duties, valve control systems, valve gearboxes and accessories, serving the international oil and gas, power generation, water and effluent treatment, processing and environmental industries. Capabilities encompass actuators and control systems for new plants, plant extensions and upgrades. Rotork’s global network of more than 350 offices and representatives provides a localised single source for these products, supported by life-of-plant maintenance, repair and upgrade services.

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