Electricity is an essential element of modern life. Economies cannot grow without reliable electricity. The impact of a loss of electricity can be severe, as was observed in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The applications for electricity are increasing. Customers need reliable electricity at an affordable price. Whether the customer is a factory in a big city, or a utility with embedded generation or a remote mine site in the middle of nowhere, the need for reliable and affordable electricity is the same.
The scale of the electrical demand is also increasing and the power capacity of the electrical systems is increasing to match the demand. There is increasing use of higher transmission and distribution voltages to deliver the increased demand.
Furthermore, the electricity is to be available at call. That means the electricity is to be there when it is needed by the customer. The supply of electricity needs to be scalable to suit the needs of the customer, as it may vary from day to day or season to season.
The customer’s needs are for reliable, affordable electricity at call. This represents a challenge for power systems. The challenge is complicated by other issues such as the increasing demand for the source of the electricity to be from renewable generation. Customers are requesting and expecting shorter lead times for the delivery of power systems. The traditional delivery of power systems cannot always meet the customer expectations.
How can these challenges be met?
The solution begins at the design stage and is customised to suit the application. The design for a legacy system is different to that for a green-field site. The design is often multi-disciplinary and requires a convergence of skills and techniques.
An important aspect of the design is the power and control system. In order to have a solution for reliable, affordable electricity that can be deployed to meet the customer’s expectations, the power and control system must be designed to suit. This requires the design to utilise the leveraging of benchmark technologies, the use of innovation and the application of experienced design expertise.
In today’s global business environment, the intent of the design should be for global application.
In order to provide scalable electrical power, the design of the power and control systems should be scalable and suitable for rapid delivery to the manufacturing plants and construction sites.
The need for affordable electricity has driven a demand for automation of the control system.
BESST Engineering is able to design the power and control systems that are needed for power systems that will meet the customer’s need for reliable, affordable electricity at call.