Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Masdar look to enhance grid stability

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Masdar look to enhance grid stability
Abdullah Saif Al Nuaimi, DG, ADWEA.
Published: 9 June 2013 - 2:45 a.m.
By: Utilities ME Staff

A joint team from Masdar Institute and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has developed a transient model of the ADWEA power system to investigate the feasibility of installing a technology for enhancing system stability and security.

The technology termed ‘High Temperature Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (HTS-FCL)’ will help mitigate high fault currents and secure the ADWEA power system. The technology can also be deployed by ADWEA to substantially reduce the risk of power tripping or fire hazard that can lead to total shutdown of the electricity grid.

A ‘fault current’ describes a situation in an electrical system when the flow of the electricity current is not within a normal range, and can cause a range of problems.

A paper titled ‘Novel Technique for Reducing High Fault Currents Enhancing the Security of ADWEA Power Systems’ has been authored by Dr. Mohamed Shawky, Assistant Professor of Electrical Power Engineering (EPE), Masdar Institute, and co-authored by Dr. Roshdy Hegazy, Network Division Manager, Abu Dhabi Transmission & Dispatch Company (TRANSCO).

The paper is already published on the IEEE’s Transaction on Power System, the resource for discovery and access to scientific and technical content published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Masdar Institute, said: “Masdar Institute’s joint research study with the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority is vital to improving the efficiency and security of our energy systems. The research collaboration is also playing a crucial role in cultivating Abu Dhabi’s human capital and future energy leaders who will contribute to the nation’s growth.”

Abdullah Saif Al Nuaimi, Director-General of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, said: “ADWEA supports joint research and believes in scientific studies as a means of development. This is reflected in its providing scholarships to a large number of national engineers at Masdar Institute and other prestigious universities so that they can contribute to the research associated with the performance of electricity networks. We hope the continued cooperation with Masdar Institute will contribute to preserving the environment and advancing sustainable economic development.”

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