Model Development for Manitoba Hydro Regulating Reserve Management

The main objective of this research is to calculate Control performance standards in an interconnected power system without running the time domain simulation. Using a faster approach which requires probability distribution of load change. PSCAD and PSSE simulation tools will be used to carry out the research. System identification technique will be used to estimate necessary transfer function models. These transfer function models will be used to generate data for the calculation purpose.

Recherche de l’influence des paramètres de fabrication sur la performance lors du cyclage thermique des barres d’alternateurs hydrauliques

La durée de vie des équipements haute tension, comme les alternateurs de puissance, est généralement limitée par celle de son système d’isolation. Le revêtement isolant utilisé pour les barres en cuivre représente l’élément de ces machines dont la résistance thermique et mécanique est la plus faible. En plus, les matériaux impliqués dans la conception de ces systèmes d’isolation, doivent supporter des champs électriques élevées aussi que d’autres contraintes électriques (décharges partielles, etc.) et thermomécaniques (vibrations des barres, cycles arrêt/démarrage).

Effet de la teneur en carbone sur la résistance du métal de base CA6NM à la propagation des fissures de fatigue

Les turbines hydrauliques dans les barrages sont fabriquées en acier inoxydable martensitique. Cet acier contient du Chrome, du Nickel et moins de 0.06% de Carbone. Notre étude se concentrera sur trois types de cet acier avec différente teneur carbone. Afin de ne mettre en valeur que l’effet du carbone, on leur fait subir des traitements thermiques pour avoir la même microstructure. Par la suite on fait des essais de traction et de résilience pour les trois aciers suivie par des mesures fractographique pour expliquer l’effet de carbone sur les propriétés monotone du matériau.

Capacity Planning and Optimization of WiMAX for Smart Grid, Part 2

Smart grid (SG) aims at modernizing the current power grid which can better manage the electricity through the grid and react to the system faults quicker. To realize this goal, many sensors are attached to different points of the power grid infrastructure. These sensors collect data and can be used for controlling, protecting, and monitoring the status of the grid by receiving comands from the utility control center. Hence, a two-way communication infrastructure seen to be required for smart grid realization.

A Novel Design of High Temperature Ultrasonic Transducers, Manufacturing, and Testing

The project objective is to design and manufacture ultrasonic sensors capable of operating at temperatures up to 800 oC. Such transducers can be affixed to hot piping systems and pressure vessels in petrochemical plants, electrical power generating stations, and manufacturing plants. These sensors can then provide continuous information to the plant operator regarding the onset of cracks or corrosion in the pipe wall. In addition information related to fluids flowing in the pipe can also be gathered, such as flow rate, fluid temperature, turbulence.

Anti-islanding detection for renewable energy systems in distribution system

Integration of renewable energy systems into grid is an effective solution to the electric energy shortage and environmental pollution. A number of technical challenges may arise with increased grid-connected renewable energy systems. One of the most important issues is how to achieve the islanding protection. Many anti-islanding detection methods have been reported for single renewable energy systems in the last decades. In practice, however, the multi-unit systems are distributed in different feeders. Consequently, all of the existing methods might fail in this case.

HVDC “Superline” for improved angular stabilityof AC-DC system

High Voltage DC Transmission (HVDC) is used for bulk power transfer over long distances. Manitoba Hydro system involves collection of AC power in the north where it is converted to DC and then transferred to southern Manitoba (approx 900km) where it is converted back to AC to feed consumers. Recently the problems of inter area oscillations have been reported in the system. Manitoba Hydro uses feedback signals such as frequency from the converter stations as control input to modulate power through HVDC links to damp these oscillations.

Optimization methodologies for Net-Zero Energy Communities

The future of energy supply in Ontario is uncertain. We are faced with an aging nuclear fleet and pressure to avoid future energy generation near communities. Building demands are a strain on energy supplies. A solution is to reduce building energy needs while providing sufficient distributed energy generation on a community-scale. A net-zero energy (NZE) community creates as much energy as it requires. The impetus behind this research is a community under development in London, ON, which aims to achieve NZE.

Feasibility of a pressure retarded osmosis process for Quebec electricity generation

Osmotic power or salinity gradient energy is one type of the renewable energies which is produced by mixing fresh water with salt water. This new environmental friendly energy based on the advantages such as carbon dioxide free and generating power continuously seems to be a good option in which to invest as it will be highly beneficial to Quebec. This project looks to develop expertise related to osmotic power. A pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) power test unit will be designed and installed in Quebec. This will be the first osmotic power system in North America.

Optimal Numerical-Weather-Prediction Parameters for Wind-Power Forecasting

BC Hydro purchases power from four independent wind farms in British Columbia to supplement their hydropower. But wind is not steady, so BC Hydro must compensate for shortfalls or excesses in wind power to provide steady, reliable, economical power to its customers. To achieve this reliability, BC Hydro uses wind forecasts provided by the University of British Columbia (UBC). These forecasts are made with computer codes called Numerical Weather Prediction models that describe atmospheric airflow, but each model has a range of options.