Energy / Distribution Automation: Secure Connection to the Grid of Independent Power ProducersIntroductionAround the world, the advent of intelligent electric networks or "Smart Grid" is on every ElectricUtility’s agenda, with loads of new technological challenges that must be taken care of withoutdelays.Among them, the connection of Independent Power Producers raises issues whose effects on thedistribution and transmission networks must be taken into account economically and safely toensure network reliability for both Independent Power Producers and Electric Utilities. At theheart of the problem is the secure exchange of information between private facilities and largenetworks.The RightWON Acquisition and Control Unit for ‘’VIZIMAX is looking forward to assist itsIndependent Power Producers, developed by partners in building specific applications likeVIZIMAX in collaboration with Hydro-Quebec, the RightWON Acquisition and Control Unitis an excellent example of innovative solutions that can be integrated into their own productcontributing to the conversion of non- line for their specific clients!’’ Jean-Guy Lacombe, President and CEOcollaborative traditional electric networks into VIZIMAX Inc., Canadathe "Smart Grid".The ChallengesHydro-Quebec was thinking of using intelligent units to control interconnections withIndependent Power Producers, but these units had the following limitations: Data communication limited to Modbus without any possibility of conversion and evolution to other protocols; Lack of automation and no enhanced communication; Lack of scalability with the increasing number of sites to manage; Incompatibility with upcoming standards, probable future obsolescence in the medium term.The SolutionTo overcome these shortcomings, Hydro-Quebec has mandated the VIZIMAX team to collaboratewith the Hydro-Quebec Distribution Automation team in order to design, build and implementon Hydro-Quebec’s network customized Acquisition and Control Units, capable of solving thetechnical and managerial requirements of Hydro-Quebec, while taking into account therequirements of Independent Power Producers.
Energy / Distribution Automation: Secure Connection to the Grid of Independent Power ProducersThe new modular RightWON Control and Acquisition units from VIZIMAX allow Hydro-Quebec toachieve, in accordance to its requirements, the following results: Automated activation or termination, remotely controllable, of Independent Power Producers’ sites; Lock/unlock remotely the circuit breaker at the production site based on network conditions and security requirements; Energy value acquisition of each generated phases within each Independent Power Producer’s site; Automatic generation of reports and statements of measured values for Hydro- Quebec’s central operation center; Real-time transmission of signal and alarm communications to Hydro-Quebec’s central operation center; Local events journal generated on all status changes and parameters affecting network outages.The Benefits for Hydro-Québec Distribution ‘’The RightWON Acquisition and Control Unit made it In addition to these key features, the possible to integrate the Independent Power Producers’ new modular RightWON Control and production sites to Hydro-Québec Distribution network Acquisition Units make it possible for complying at the same time to all our standards while Hydro-Quebec to benefit from new staying affordable. None of the Independent Power Producers’ sensors and controls at their production opportunities that ensure reduced sites requires to be modified to comply with our DNP3 intervention time and cost at remote communication protocol.’’ sites, scalability and optimization of all Marc Lacroix, Automation Director Hydro-Québec Distribution deployed hardware and software.
Energy / Distribution Automation: Secure Connection to the Grid of Independent Power ProducersThe new and improved management features of all deployed RightWON Control and AcquisitionUnits now include: Remote software updates deployed on equipped Independent Power Producers’ site; Compatibility with many communication protocols such as DNP3 (and the possibility to convert at any time to IEC 61850, IEC 60870, and Modbus); Protocol conversion allowing existing old units equipped with the Modbus protocol to connect to DNP3; Remote upgrades with new software features or options; Possibility to add on site I/O plug-ins to the RightWON Control and Acquisition Units to support additional future sensors and controls; Robust units now resist to extreme temperatures (-40° F to +165° F); A wide range of telecommunication plug-ins with the following standards: PSTN modems, CDMA, GSM, 3G, serial ports, Ethernet, Fiber Optics and various radio interfaces.The Benefits for Independent Power ProducersBeyond the Hydro-Quebec requirements, the RightWON Control and Acquisition Units also takecare of Independent Power Producers’ specific expectations, such as: The management of diverse equipment (including PLCs, controllers, various metering devices, etc.) already installed on site, thus limiting unnecessary replacements; The local and remote view of the circuit breaker’s state (on / off) within each site owned by Independent Power Producers; The local and remote view of the locked / unlocked switch within each site owned by Independent Power Producers; Extensive interfacing capabilities for data acquisition, event generation, data acknowledgment and controls of additional parameters such as voltage sensors, circuit breaker controls, etc.; Hardware and software reconfiguration flexibility hardware and software of the RightWON Control and Acquisition Units;
Energy / Distribution Automation: Secure Connection to the Grid of Independent Power Producers The possibility of making available to the Independent Power Producers additional maintenance functions including: o The remote and local view of relevant status on key assets; o The remote and local view of measured values of key parameters, and o The remote and local view on event logs such as key assets status changes and alarm signals about exceeding thresholds (among others).ConclusionThe completion of the RightWON Control and Acquisition Units is made possible through thejoint efforts of engineers from the Automation group within Hydro-Quebec Distribution, andVIZIMAX and Phoenix Contact application engineers.The RightWON Control and Acquisition Units from VIZIMAX are basedon many Phoenix Contact technical solutions.The RightWON is a secure, modular, rugged automation platform thatconnects C/Bs, sensors, control and monitoring devices within remoteinfrastructure in the Energy fields, Water management andTelecommunications. Given Hydro-Quebec’s high level of specifications and expectations, the first modular RightWON Control and Acquisition Units were initially designed and customized by VIZIMAX and its partners. For future needs, VIZIMAX intends to deliver its Acquisition and Control Units to other Electric Utilities through its partners, either: Medium and High Voltage Power Equipment Manufacturers, or System Integrators, or Engineering Consultant Firms.