Enapter is the first manufacturer of electrolysers to implement the popular OPC UA communication protocol. Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is one of the world’s most important industrial automation and Industry 4.0 communication standards.
OPC UA, sometimes referred to as “the global production language,” provides enhanced data exchange and interoperability across devices and systems in a variety of industries. Enapter has facilitated the deployment of its green hydrogen generators for applications ranging from energy self-sufficiency to green gas generation by joining the OPC Foundation behind the standard and becoming the first electrolyser manufacturer to adopt OPC UA on its electrolysers.
“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. We believe that assuring the digital interoperability of our electrolysers will accelerate industry’s adoption of green hydrogen,” says Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, Founder and CEO of Enapter.
Enapter gives consumers its own Energy Management System Toolkit for the integration and control of Enapter and third-party devices, while its EL 4.0 Electrolysers running OPC UA will enable simple and safe integration with third-party Energy Management Systems.
“As industries increasingly undergo both digitalization and decarbonization, 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,” says Stefan Hoppe, President OPC Foundation.
Enapter’s work with OPC UA began roughly six months ago, coinciding with the formation of the working group tasked with creating the OPC UA interface standard for energy devices and systems. The innovative use of OPC UA in electrolysers is also an expansion of Enapter’s open-source software focus, with some of its information model additions pertaining to green hydrogen systems proposed for addition to the standard OPC UA information models – a development that could increase the potential for integration of other energy transition assets within OPC UA.