Atawey launches ata’START et ata’CHECK
Atawey est heureux d’annoncer la mise en service de son nouveau logiciel de diagnostic automatisé de ses stations incluant deux programmes : ata’START et ata’CHECK. Ces innovations technologiques pour lesquelles des demandes de brevets ont été déposées, directement issues du savoir-faire industriel des équipes R&D de l’entreprise, sont une brique essentielle qui va permettre de faciliter le déploiement de la mobilité hydrogène en France et à l’international via la mise en service accélérée et sécurisée des stations de recharge.
Développé en seulement six mois, ce logiciel permet grâce à des programmes d’autodiagnostic et d’auto-contrôle d’une part de prévenir au plus tôt les dérives et défaillances sur les composants d’une station de recharge – défaillances qui auraient pour impact à terme une indisponibilité de la station – et d’autre part de maximiser la sécurité au moment de sa mise en service ou à la suite d’opérations de maintenance. Le programme ata’START permet également pour les stations mobiles et les stations compactes de recharge hydrogène une mise en service ultra accélérée, véritable atout concurrentiel sur un marché en plein développement.
ata’START: the commissioning self-test, a high-performance tool for optimising station commissioning
When it comes to commissioning a mobile hydrogen refueling station used, for example, for breakdown repairs or temporary and/or event use, commissioning is a key stage that requires speed and expertise, as transport may have put a particular strain on the station’s internal components.
Once the mobile hydrogen refueling station has arrived safely at its destination, the on-site technician has to check that the station is watertight and that all its components are working properly, including the peripherals – an often tedious but imperative task.
ata’START, a programme designed and implemented by Atawey’s teams, operates automatically and interacts with the technician to carry out specific actions. The technician is accompanied throughout the process by a screen that allows him to follow the progress step by step. They are guided in the search for any faults or malfunctions. The programme independently tests the correct operation of all the station’s components by means of an exhaustive check.
ata’START will be fully implemented on all Atawey compact and mobile hydrogen refueling stations. Included in the commissioning time for these stations (4 hours), this programme makes commissioning the fastest on the market. For evolutive stations, only the process linked to the self-test of “utility” functions will be installed.
ata’CHECK: Daily self-testing to prevent risks and faults, for greater safety and to avoid station unavailability
The first advantage of this programme, for which a patent has been filed, is that it prevents hydrogen refueling stations from becoming unavailable, which can have a detrimental effect on the entire hydrogen ecosystem.
The new ata’CHECK programme enables automated daily self-testing of all the hydrogen circuits in a station, with one objective: to check for potential leaks (internal and external) and detect any deviations before they become too great and cause the station to become unavailable. ata’CHECK is automatically launched every day during off-peak hours (for example, at night, when the station is least busy), so as not to impact on the compression work.
If even a minor fault is detected, the programme refines its search by reducing the number of test sections to pinpoint the fault zone as precisely as possible. The operator is then automatically informed by email and SMS, so he can take the necessary steps.
A breakthrough innovation that meets the expectations of a fast-growing market
This innovation responds to a real problem in the hydrogen ecosystem market: improving the safety of hydrogen refueling stations through preventive maintenance. This unique software makes it possible to carry out automatic daily self-tests of stations without waiting for compulsory maintenance to be carried out, thereby increasing their reliability and safety.
“The launch of this new software, which took our R&D teams six months to develop in-house, is a real step forward for the industry. This ground-breaking innovation, which is directly linked to our expertise and our industrial mastery of our equipment, will enable us to meet the expectations of the French and international markets, particularly in terms of the safety of our installations and the speed of implementation,” explains Baptiste VERDIN, Compact and Mobile Product Manager at Atawey.