Power Quality Solutions represents in Australia a number of companies offering power quality test and measurement equipment and analysis software. Electrotek Concepts is a leading power systems engineering consultant specialising in the analysis, measurement, simulation and solution of electric powers problems.
Electrotek’s Wind Plant Monitoring systems, available in Australia through Power Quality Solutions, are designed to assess operating and electrical performance of wind plants.
Wind power is the fastest growing form of electric generation in the world and as it grows in size and number, questions about their possible impacts on the electrical grid become more complex. Relating largely to design and operational issues, these questions deal with:
- Impacts of the plant on operation of the electrical grid or customers on the grid
- The plant's ability to honour capacity, reserve, and firm power transfer commitments
- Special protection requirements or operating constraints stemming from grid stability or safety considerations
Answering these questions requires attention to design and engineering of the plant, as well as monitoring plant output and operation. Electrotek provides an extensive array of power systems engineering services, as well as the ability to remotely monitor wind plants.
Electrical system monitoring, a critical component in obtaining a comprehensive picture of a wind plant's performance, can be used to identify problems with wind turbine components and wind plant electrical systems, specifically, it can assist in diagnosing equipment misoperation and failure and in identifying grid-side phenomena responsible for turbine faults or failure.
The Dranetz Encore System for monitoring of wind plants, co-developed by Dranetz, and Electrotek, is a web-based monitoring platform , ideal for capturing required data and making it available to interested parties using a standard web browser. The Encore System can detect a variety of power system disturbances while offering accurate time stamping of data as well as optional GPS to aid in fault location and analysis.