Integrated Automatic Hydroelectric Plant Controlby John DeVault, Digitek Inc, Bothell, WA, USA,
Paul McManus, Digitek Inc, Bothell, WA, USA,
Robert Winship, Digitek Inc, Bothell, WA, USA,
Larry Clifton, Digitek Inc, Bothell, WA, USA,
Abstract: The increased acceptance and employment of microcomputers to control specific functions in small hydroelectric plants has led to computerized integrated total control of hydropower generation. No longer limited to single features such as level control, governing, or data display; the microcomputer can now be used to control all standard functions of small hydro control and can also provide features not previously considered applicable for computerized control. Total integrated hydroelectric plant control, consisting of turbine control, utility protection, generator protection, run-of-river control, cycling level control, maximum revenue control, peak shaving and power control, data acquisition and display, remote control, and more is discussed using the Greggs Falls Hydro Project as an example.
Subject Headings: Hydro power | Remote control | Power plants | Hydrologic data | Electric power | Data processing | Computers | Data collection
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