Condition monitoring and early diagnostics methodologies for hydropower plants

Condition monitoring and early diagnostics methodologies for hydropower plants

AUTHORS:
Alessandro Betti, Emanuele Crisostomi, Gianluca Paolinelli, Antonio Piazzi, Fabrizio Ruffini and Mauro Tucci.
ABSTRACT:
Hydropower plants are one of the most convenient option for power generation, as they generate energy exploiting a renewable source, they have relatively low operating and maintenance costs, and they may be used to provide ancillary services, exploiting the large reservoirs of available water. The recent advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and in machine learning methodologies are seen as fundamental enablers to upgrade and modernize the current operation of most hydropower plants, in terms of condition monitoring, early diagnostics and eventually predictive maintenance. While very few works, or running technologies, have been documented so far for the hydro case, in this paper we propose a novel Key Performance Indicator (KPI) that we have recently developed and tested on operating hydropower plants. In particular, we show that after more than one year of operation it has been able to identify several faults, and to support the operation and maintenance tasks of plant operators. Also we show that the proposed KPI outperforms conventional multivariable process control charts, like the Hotelling t2 index.

MOWGLI (MicrO reneWable Grid for ruraL Indian areas) project on ETN magazine

MOWGLI (MicrO reneWable Grid for ruraL Indian areas) project on ETN magazine

AUTHORS:
Ciro Lanzetta and Fabrizio Ruffini.
ABSTRACT:
The Mowgli feasibility study started in 2018 funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the involvement of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) as stakeholder. The aim is to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of satellite-based services for microgrids. Designed by i-EM, Mowgli is a solution that provides a set of services for optimal microgrid planning, designing and operational and maintenance (O&M) applications in urban and rural areas developing countries, with focus on India as a user case.