Drives and Control Solutions

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February 10, 2021

ABB has recently been awarded a major turnkey contract by Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, to design, manufacture and install two high-inertia synchronous condenser systems for the Lister Drive Greener Grid project at Liverpool in Northwest England. The innovative project will play a key role in stabilizing the local grid to handle an increased amount of wind and solar power. This will help National Grid meet its target of operating a zero-carbon electricity system by 2025.

The UK’s drive to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and minimize climate change is driving the increased use of renewable energy. The challenge is that wind and solar energy sources use power conversion technologies that do not provide the inertia that grid operators rely on to maintain grid stability.   

ABB synchronous condensers offer an innovative solution to address this challenge. They are large rotating machines developed to mimic the operation of coal or gas fired generators by providing an alternative source of spinning inertia. They will support the national grid by providing reactive power compensation and additional short-circuit power capacity, allowing more renewables to be connected to the grid.

Synchronous condensers have been deployed by ABB to reinforce power networks in Australia, Canada and Scotland. The Lister Drive project is the first installation in England. It is also the first project anywhere in the world to feature a high-inertia configuration. This couples 67 megavolt amps reactive (MVAr) synchronous condenser with a 40 tonne flywheel that increases the instantaneously available inertia by 3.5 times. The high-inertia system will ensure that the network frequency and voltage are held stable within the tight limits essential to maintain grid reliability.

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To ensure around-the-clock availability for this vital system, Statkraft has signed a 10-year services contract with ABB. ABB’s UK field service team will provide a full range of maintenance services, both planned and quick response.  A full suite of ABB Ability™ digital condition monitoring solutions will be deployed to optimize performance and predict maintenance needs. By assessing real-time data with cloud-based analysis, the team can plan corrective actions before issues occur, ensuring system reliability.

David Hughes, UK Managing Director for ABB, said: “ABB is thrilled to be working with Statkraft on this critical project to stabilize our UK electricity network. Our innovative technology, supported by a long-term service contract, will make it possible to add additional renewable generation as the UK transitions to a more environmentally sustainable future.”

David Flood, Managing Director of Statkraft UK, said: “The Lister Drive project builds on Statkraft’s electricity market and renewables expertise to demonstrate that we can deliver on our vision of being a renewable energy system integrator.”

The ABB high-inertia synchronous condenser systems will be manufactured in Sweden and installed by ABB UK’s engineering team. The project is a complete turnkey package that also includes ancillary equipment such as ABB ACS880 regenerative drives, AXR 500 motors, UniGear ZS1 MV switchgear with SWICOM and VD4 circuit breakers, and controls. The Lister Drive project is scheduled to go online in 2022.

For more information, visit www.abb.com/ca.


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When it comes to power transmission and motion control, SEW-EURODRIVE needs no formal introduction. Counted among the industry leaders in drive technology, SEW-EURODRIVE makes drive-based automation its business. SEW-EURODRIVE, founded in 1931, is a global company that specializes in gear motors, frequency inverters, drive systems, industrial gears, and control software. SEW-EURODRIVE products are distinguished by their modular components and customer-centric philosophy. Their modular components can be built in a multitude of configurations, durable gear housings, offer flexible mounting capabilities, and provide advanced electronics that ensure equipment continuously operates efficiently.

Drives & Control Solutions' sibling, Mechatronics Canada, had the opportunity to speak with Shane Carnegie, Electronics Product Manager at SEW-EURODRIVE Canada, to learn more about MOVI-C, a modular automation system that offers a full solution for automation tasks. MOVI-C has been continuously expanding its reach into the mechatronics space, offering an encompassing solution for machine builders and integrators. Below Shane walks us through some of MOVI-C’s unique features and real-world applications.

Can you explain what MOVI-C does?

MOVI-C is an all-in-one modular automation system. Building on the familiar SEW modular gear motors and previous generation inverters, we now have modular inverters, controllers and associated software which ties everything together. For example, you can have a gear box with an AC induction motor, a permanent magnet motor, or a servo motor based on your application requirements. Attached to that we can provide a motor controller which can be mounted in a panel or directly on or near the gear motor. The positioning or velocity control software can be pre-loaded into the motor controller at the factory and all that is required is to send the same standard process data words from your main PLC to the drive system to perform your desired motion. The software interface looks identical no matter what controller or underlying gear motor system is attached.

What are some of the major features that MOVI-C has to offer?

 

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The HPS Power Quality Lab allows customers to experience real time testing of line side HPS power quality products such as transformers, line reactorsactive harmonic filters and passive harmonic filters as well as load side products such as load reactors and different types of dV/dT filters with various cable lengths. The power quality products can run at full load using either 10HP, 25HP and 100HP VFD systems and associated motor/load. 

The HPS Power Quality Lab will be available for booking starting in October.

HPS Power Quality Lab FAQs

Where is the HPS PQ lab located?

The HPS PQ Lab is located at our Headquarters in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

What products can be tested in the HPS PQ lab?

The main products that can be tested are line/load reactors, passive harmonic filters, active harmonic filters and dV/dT filters.

How long is a typical session in the lab?

It is expected that a session will typically be completed within 1 hour depending on how many products, sizes and operating conditions are to be addressed.  

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Introducing the Revolutionary New MP8000 Bluetooth® Enabled Overload Relay. This smart, universal relay can communicate directly with your smart phone via Bluetooth®. No need to open the control panel. Monitor and control unlimited relays through the Littelfuse App on the smartphone you already own from a safe distance.

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Compared to Coriolis flowmeters with two measuring tubes, four-tube measurement allows up to 25% higher flow rates. This accelerates all transactions and ultimately saves money. For example, it reduces standstill times for loading and unloading oil tankers, resulting in lower charges.


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