An electrical model is a mathematical description of specific electric system components, formatted using software tools for use of ‘what if’ tests and simulations to predict the response of the electrical system under various conditions. Electrical models are generally used at acquisitions or design stage, but applying active network management throughout the life cycle of a facility can bring many benefits.
ACTIVE NETWORK MANAGEMENT
Our active network management and analysis service allow for rapid access to a modelled simulation of your electrical system for power analysis studies.
Anyone who bears responsibility for the operation of an electrical system knows that there are many day to day challenges and questions which can arise. Where are specific electrical loads fed from? What is the redundancy arrangement? What are the protection settings for circuit breakers or switches? A model of your electrical system will help answer these questions, and is especially helpful whenever the site is subjected to changes affecting the electrical network. This modern approach to electrical engineering helps:
- Eliminates unnecessary errors and helps manage risks
- Centralises management of electrical assets
- Aids in the planning of switching scenarios
- Avoids costly unplanned downtime
- Aids decision making at conceptual and FEED stages for new projects
- Prevents over-engineering and costly budget reassessment
CUSTOMERS WHO USE ACTIVE NETWORK MANAGEMENT
- Facilities with critical power environments
- Processes who rely on high power availability, reliability and quality.
- Data centres and high tech manufacturing facilities such as pharmaceutical, bioprocess, medical device and food & beverage.
- Facilities who need to actively manage electrical safety risks such as the oil and gas sector
- Engineering managers who wish to keep track of their electrical network easily
- Facilities who intend to upgrade parts of their network in the near future
- Facilities seeking to reduce risks of outages or prevent faults
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN ACTIVE NETWORK MODEL SERVICE
- Up to date model of your electrical network
- No need to purchase expensive licensing for modelling softwares
- Access to skilled power systems engineers to handle technical complexities on the network
- Recommendations for upgrades or additional equipment to network
- Better power quality, reliability and sustainable energy use
- Storage of electrical design in a centralised controlled location
- Access to model information from desktop or laptop
- License agreement to support and maintain you model with the latest software
- License agreement to cover any specific software analysis modules particular to your site.
- Model alterations and calculations compliant with ISO 9001
- Detailed reports complete with recommendations
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Electrical models provide a snapshot in time of what can be a continually changing system. By keeping the model up to date and mirroring the actual electrical system, the electrical network model can be a valuable asset in ensuring the efficiency, reliability and safety of an electrical system. The ability to accurately analyse an electrical network depends heavily on the accuracy of the network model.
FEATURED CASE STUDY
Dairy Processing - Hybrid Solutions for Harmonic Issues
A newly commissioned facility built on a green field site was experiencing some reliability issues and unplanned outages at various locations across the electrical network. The energy efficient design had a high quantity of variable speed drives installed and the client was aware that an elevated level of harmonic currents and voltage was being constantly recorded throughout the plant. A full evaluation was required to ensure that the electrical distribution network would function as required and could reliably support the new milk processing production equipment.
”"This project was a new build, yet this did not prevent the harmonic issues from occurring. Our extensive active network management of the electrical distribution network identified a number of issues. Using this information we could then select, supply and commission active harmonic filters needed to correct the problems."Barry NicholsonElectrical Projects Engineer