Technology Solutions for Increased OptimizationBy Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Wed, 09/01/2021 - 18:58
Grid code compliance ensures the working integrity of the national grid as a whole and taking into consideration the number of market players and ongoing development of infrastructure, a lot can go wrong. To avoid disruption, hefty fines are meant to incentivize compliance. However strict guidelines make this process difficult, which means that outsourcing this problem to specialized partners is sometimes best. “Hitachi ABB can provide solutions to comply with the Grid Code depending on specific scenarios, from power factors to imbalance parameters,” says René Mendoza.
In this new regulatory landscape, energy producers were given three years to meet compliance in two main areas, power quality and information communication technologies (ICT) to avoid legal and fiscal consequences. Penalties, outlined in Art. 65 or the Electrical Industry Law, entail between 2 and 10 percent of the gross income received in the previous year and/or a fine of 50 thousand to 200,000 minimum wages. Clearly, the bigger operations are, the more inclined companies are to comply with the standards established by CRE. More so, improving power quality in elements like the load factor reduces energy consumption thus reducing costs and improving production processes.
Hitachi ABB has experience working with all power producers and has power solutions depending on the established investment and technological needs. Inrush capacitor bank solutions are normally applied to bigger projects that face potency problems. Harmonic problems can depend on scale so filters, detuned capacitor banks and high-pass filters come in different models and sizes to accommodate the scale of energy generators. Flicker and unbalance issues are typically addressed with static var compensators, static synchronous compensators and SVC light. Lastly, dynamic compensation solutions that are typically associated with renewable energy producers can be compensated with series capacitor banks, voltage source converters and SVCs. These varied solutions demonstrate Hitachi ABB’s flexibility and varied approaches to technology solutions for energy production as demonstrated in the company’s expansive portfolio.
In reality, more often than not, it is not hard to find the technology needed to best address a specific problem, said Mendoza. Before determining what technologies and solutions are needed, data needs to be generated for analysis. After determining a solution, analysis and approval from client is required so Hitachi ABB can follow through with its implementation. “The company’s work is guaranteed in every aspect from start to finish to, above all, ensure a favorable outcome for clients,” said Mendoza.