What do the following power devices have in common?
Similarly, the following control devices are also important building blocks found in substation.
In the same manner, the use of the power devices without the control devices and vice versa is not practical.
The power devices and control devices form building blocks in the building of a power and control system. The glue that brings the devices together is in the form of cables, communication and software.
The power circuit breakers, power transformers, automatic re-closers, metal-clad MV switchgear and surge arrestors contain the power flow through the substation. The PLCs, IEDs, instrument transformer, control panels and RTUs are the control the power devices and ultimately the power flow.
The configuration and design of the system is the input from the system designer. The power and control devices are available from different vendors around the world. Similarly the cables, communication and software. In general, the devices are available to any substation contractor or substation owner.
Therefore, for a substation contractor or owner, what is the competitive advantage of the substation over any other contractor or owner?
One competitive advantage is in the quality of the design. Equal designs are not necessarily available from the market. A quality design, to suit the application and making optimum use of the power and control devices, may provide the best outcome both for the contractor and the owner.
BESST Engineering is able to provide a system approach to developing electrical engineering and control solutions for substations, from concept feasibility to detailed design. In this way, BESST Engineering is able to offer a competitive advantage to substation contractors and owners. The system approach takes a holistic view of the substation, based on construction CAPEX and whole of life OPEX.