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How to improve power system resilience during the pandemic

image credit: Viktor Litvinov

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. 


Originally posted on my LinkedIn page. 

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Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Mar 25, 2020 3:55 pm GMT

Beyond hospitals, consider all the life support machines in people's homes, caring for the elderly, ventilation systems, water purification and so forth.

This is such an important point. Too often during times of disaster (such as hurricanes) we hear a lot about how hospitals have microgrid or backup generators to make sure they're OK, but more and more people these days are living with life-saving equipment in their home and the prospect that anything might interrupt their power supply for an extended time is terrifying. These are the customers that hopefully utilities are also reaching out to with reassurances and plans. 

Dr. Amal Khashab's picture
Dr. Amal Khashab on Mar 25, 2020 8:19 pm GMT

Hi Matt

I think that utilities have already tools similar to the proposed integrated power plant operation monitoring (PPOM) solution. Therefore, they work properly.

Viktor Litvinov's picture
Viktor Litvinov on Mar 26, 2020 5:47 pm GMT

Dear Dr. Khashab. PowerLink PPOM based on the usage of PMU data vs SCADA. This approach allows us to identify proactively the risks of previously undetectable equipment failures. PowerLink PPOM reduces power outage losses and creates a financially optimized maintenance plan. 

 Please share your experience If your company already using PMU  based tools and AI models for predictive maintenance. 

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