How to improve power system resilience during the pandemic
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- Mar 25, 2020 1:45 pm GMT
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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the entire economy and causing anxiety. The last thing we need is for a power plant or transmission line to fail, which could be a terrible disaster. Beyond hospitals, consider all the life support machines in people's homes, caring for the elderly, ventilation systems, water purification and so forth. That's why you need a robust monitoring solution to prevent such a scenario. Extremely sophisticated equipment that serves our communities must be monitored with the latest technology.
An integrated power plant operation monitoring (PPOM) solution includes the generators and secondary equipment monitoring functionality as well as an LFO monitoring solution. This solution is based on synshrophasor data collected from the local phasor measurement unit (PMU). PMU based applications utilize modern technology and offer more business insights than 20th Century technology
The PowerLink PPOM collects hundreds of times more detailed data from the new state of the art PMUs. PPOM can process and analyze at a much faster and precise level compared to previous systems. PPOM stores and analyzes this continuous data into actionable information.
The presented PPOM solution addresses multiple power plant needs, including:
- unbalanced conditions monitoring to find faults before the equipment breaks,
- preemptive measurement error detection to allow utilities to shift loads to healthier systems,
- inter-area oscillation detection, and oscillation damping.
PPOM includes the retrospective analysis tool for replaying the emergencies and defining their causes or influencing factors.
The PPOM is ready to collect other critical control information like temperature, vibration, infrared data, oil properties thus providing a foundation for a digital twin solution. It also covers significant components of power plant production, including generators, transformers, and circuit breakers.
The cost of failure is too great, and use the latest technology to give you better insight into your equipment.