Traditional reinforcement solutions to both voltage and thermal issues of distribution grids typically involve the replacement of existing assets and equipment with larger equivalents or extensions that have a higher current carrying capacity. Historically these solutions have been suitable and proportionate to the problems identified; however, the nature of generation on the network is changing dramatically. Generation is now becoming increasingly decentralised through connections at distribution level rather than on the transmission system. In addition, both the generation sources as well as loads are becoming more variable in nature (wind and solar, e-vehicles). This has resulted in issues being created on the network that are much more variable based on load requirements and weather conditions as an example.
Dynamic shunt compensation equipment such SVCs or STATCOMs can detect and instantly compensate for voltage fluctuations, mitigate impacts of flicker, correct power factor, improve voltage stability, facilitate integration of renewables and protecting the electrical grid.
The most versatile power electronic equipment providing power flow control as well as voltage control on both input and output completely independently is the back-to-back converter like a Flexible Power Link (FPL). FPL/ MVDC technologies allow the balancing of generation and demand and management of voltage profiles within two areas of distribution network.
Derrick has spent the last 24 years of his career within the Distribution, Transmission and Generation Industry. He holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering - Heavy current (Wits Technikon – South Africa).
Derrick has held a variety of roles, which included testing and commissioning of Transmission and Distribution substations for close on 14yrs with Eskom (South Africa) and Powerlink (Australia).
Stephen has spent the last 15 years of his career within the Distribution, Transmission and Generation Industry. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Aston University, UK).
Stephen has held a variety of roles, which included testing and commissioning of Transmission and Distribution substation, focusing on HVDC and FACTS devices for the last 6 years.
Tuesday 10 November 2020
3:00pm AWST | 6:00pm AEDT | 5:30pm ACDT
The Western Australia Chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.