Hydroelectric Plant Controls & Automation

Hydroelectric Plant control, protection and automation equipment allow proper, often unmanned, operation of plants. Learn about contract awards and upgrade work planned.

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U.S. seeks operating procedures update for 6,809-MW Grand Coulee


The Bureau of Reclamation plans to seek bids for technical writing to update standing operating procedures for the 6,809-MW Grand Coulee project in Washington.

HRW Briefings


SMALL HYDRO: Practical Development: The Story of 940-kW Onekaka

09/01/2009 Four small hydro enthusiasts applied ingenuity and practical thinking to bring the 940-kW Onekaka hydro project in New Zealand — abandoned in the 1950s — back to working order.

Ukraine seeks protection, controls for eight hydro plants


Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo seeks bids to supply protection and control systems for eight hydroelectric projects and the utility's hydro dispatching center.

Argentina, Paraguay extend SCADA bidding for 3,200-MW Yacyreta


The Argentina-Paraguay joint operator Entidad Binacional Yacyreta has extended the deadline for pre-qualification to supply a replacement generation control center for the 3,200-MW Yacyreta hydroelectric project on the Parana River.

ABB, Harbin equip expansion of 107-MW Machu Picchu


A consortium of ABB of Switzerland and Harbin Electric Machinery Co. Ltd. of China is supplying electro-mechanical equipment for rehabilitation and expansion of the 107-MW Machu Picchu hydroelectric project in Peru's Cusco Region to 206 MW.

India's NTPC seeks EM bids for 171-MW Lata Tapovan


India's NTPC Hydro Ltd. seeks bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of electro-mechanical equipment of the 171-MW Lata Tapovan hydroelectric project on the Alaknanda River in Uttarakhand State.

Alstom values Ecuador's 26.8-MW Ocana contract at US$12.6 million


Alstom Hydro announced June 9, 2009, that its generating equipment contract for Ecuador’s 26.8-MW Ocana hydroelectric project is valued at nearly 9 million euros (US$12.6 million).

Argentina, Paraguay seek SCADA system for 3,200-MW Yacyreta


The Argentina-Paraguay joint operator Entidad Binacional Yacyreta invites applications for pre-qualification to supply a replacement generation control center for the 3,200-MW Yacyreta hydroelectric project.

Coordinating Generator Protection and Controls: An Overview

03/01/2009 Keeping generators on line during a power system disturbance requires coordination of generator protection with generator controls.

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Upgrading Controls Reduces Unit Downtime

10/01/2008 To reduce time needed to troubleshoot operational problems and to get units back on line quickly at seven of its eight hydro plants, Sacramento Municipal Utility District is converting to programmable logic controllers from hard-wired, relay-based logics.

ABB upgrades control system for five New Zealand hydros

06/03/2008 The ABB power and automation technology group is performing a control system upgrade for five New Zealand hydroelectric projects totaling 501 MW that are operated by Genesis Energy.

Tech Briefs

04/01/2008 The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announces the availability of Civil Works for Hydroelectric Facilities: Guidelines for Life Extension and Upgrade.

Austria utility awards automation contract for 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen

12/13/2007 Verbund Austrian Hydro Power AG has awarded a contract to supply automation equipment for the 16-MW Werfen/Pfarrwerfen hydroelectric project being built on Austria's Salzach River.

The Twitchy Turbine

11/01/2007 George was conducting an annual safety inspection at a dam, looking at the condition of the rip-rap.

Training Itaipu's Operators to Work with Digital Systems


Changing from a conventional operating system to a digital one can be daunting for plant operators.

Enhancing Powerhouse Security

10/01/2007 Hydro plant owners can enhance powerhouse security by installing lock-out relays, multifunction generator protective relays, wireless ethernet radio technology, and surveillance cameras.

Products, Services, and Information You Can Use

10/01/2007 ENECON Corp. offers a water-based liquid coating system for protecting metal, concrete, and masonry surfaces.

Wave prototype to be tested in United Kingdom

07/01/2007 Renewable Energy Holdings PLC plans to begin testing a prototype of its Cylindrical Energy Transfer Oscillating (CETO) wave power generator in the United Kingdom in 2007.

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