Reactive Power and Voltage Management in Distribution Systems: How to Use a Distribution STATCOM for Optimizing Feeder Capacity



Join the Electric Energy Society of Australia for the final session of their four part webinar series: STATCOM Equipment Capabilities and Model Validation Required to Meet AEMO Guidelines.

Increased penetration of renewable generation resources (e.g., wind and solar), driven by defined targets for the amount of renewable generation mix, is pushing the performance of today’s transmission grids to new limits in many regions. To ensure a secure and reliable operation of the grid, the Australian utilities and regulators provide direction through their updated interconnection requirements. In this webinar series, reactive power requirements of the new National Electricity Rule (NER) are reviewed for its impact on renewable energy projects.

Meanwhile, on the distribution system, distributed energy sources (DER) in the form of PV solar installations are becoming more prevalent. The existing distribution systems face challenges, including power quality, voltage stability, and reverse power flow.

Solutions that provide secure and reliable power are needed. AMSC is conducting this workshop to increase awareness on the following subjects:

  • STATCOM equipment capabilities and model validation required to meet AEMO guidelines
  • Renewable energy integration, issues and challenges in Australia
  • Voltage collapse/voltage instability, and solutions involving Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS)
  • Reactive power and voltage management using STATCOMs in distribution systems

The workshop will include basic concepts on STATCOMs, renewable energy integration, reactive power compensation, active and reactive power transmission and voltage stability. In-depth analysis of actual voltage stability events along with a discussion on modern methods to prevent such events will be discussed. Attendees will also be able to learn about some of the latest developments in modeling tools and techniques. These techniques will allow power system planners to appropriately identify and address potential problems and ensure compliance of the renewable plants to local codes and requirements.

The workshop is an outstanding opportunity for consultants, engineers and developers who are involved in planning, operation, design, specification, installation and maintenance of transmission and distribution assets, renewable energy or large industrial and mining facilities.

Although the previous session is not a prerequisite for the next session, the content shared in previous sessions is useful for future sessions. Members of Engineers Australia and the Electric Energy Society of Australia can register for these webinars at no cost.

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Speaker: Ryan Rainville - Engineer, AMSC

Mr. Rainville joined AMSC’s Network Planning and Applications group in 2018. His responsibilities include software modeling and analysis of the electric power system for voltage support, transient stability, and hosting capacity. Prior to joining AMSC he worked 2.5 years in ControlPoint Technologies’ System Planning Group. While there, he evaluated the system impact of intermittent resources on distribution and subtransmission circuits. Before ControlPoint he worked for 3.5 years at Green Mountain Power and managed the technical aspects of distributed generator interconnections from the application stage through commissioning. Mr. Rainville has experience evaluating the dynamic voltage impact of cloud passage and PV, wind variability and turbines, storage resources in frequency regulation markets, and static VAR compensators. His past work also included disturbance analysis, relay coordination studies, arc flash assessment, and microgrid development. He received his B.S degree in electromechanical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and his Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) certification in the state of Massachusetts.

13 / 06 / 2019 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Registration Closes
13 / 06 / 2019 10:00 am
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