When multiple Turbines, Engines or both work together it is necessary to have these prime movers work as one. More often than not an installation has a synthesis of prime movers of various makers, horse-power and age. In these situations, a system that will unify the operation of the plant is of great importance.
- Fully automated synchronizations and Isochronous parallel operation of all the prime movers.
- Precision load sharing of active and reactive power between all generators.
- Full unmanned operation with the automatic starting and stopping of generators depending on the current or expected power needs of the system
- Fully flexible operation through many different operational scenarios
- Increased reliability and availability of the installation with extensive fail-safe operational scenarios for handling and containing functional problems.
- Unified and homogenised operation of the whole installation through central sophisticated control systems.
A well designed, implemented and commissioned power management system will benefit any installation since it will:
- Greatly increase its reliability due to the automated fault handling.
- Increase in efficiency due to the better operation of the prime movers and the less staff required for their operation.
- Increase the combined power output of the prime movers due to the constant and active precision control of the process.
It must be noted that the performance of a power management system greatly depends on the precision and reliability of the Prime Mover controls. As such many power management projects include also new Turbine controls and/or Engine Controls. For the unification and the integration of the installations monitoring, a plant-wide SCADA system is often installed.