Facing the storm South Australia Power Networks
Schneider Electric partners with SA Power Networks to battle the most extreme environmental conditions
Challenge• Customers in South Australia may experience a loss of power supply due to network outages – and remain without power until the faults are pinpointed and an alternative supply is provided.
• This affects residential buildings as well as critical facilities and major customers, such as hospitals, universities, shopping centers, factories, airports, etc.
• Finding a fault can take much longer in rural areas due to lack of SCADA coverage and long distances over a huge network area.
• Faults on overhead power lines may even cause bushfires, so they must be localized, disconnected, and isolated as quickly as possible.
• Another challenge is public safety, as a large proportion of South Australia’s network uses overhead conductors.
SolutionReliability and Connectivity with EcoStruxure
Apps, Analytics & Services : EcoStruxure™ ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System)
Edge Control: Decentralized feeder automation systems
Connected Products: RM6 Medium voltage switchgear, MiCOM compact and modular substation and bay controller
• Schneider Electric has provided SAPN with a complete solution including our industry-leading EcoStruxure™ ADMS, medium voltage switchgear and decentralized feeder automation systems.
RM6Medium Voltage Compact Switchboard (Ring Main Unit) up to 24 kV
MiCOMCompact and modular substation and bay controller
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ResultsThese solutions allow the utility to benefit from:
• Fault location, isolation and service restoration
• Network monitoring
• Load flow analysis
• Real-time control and optimization
• Operational planning
• Training and simulation
With the EcoStruxure™ ADMS and feeder automation functionality, SAPN now has far better monitoring and management of their vast network, and increased visibility of what is happening on the ground.