Juan F. Acevedo
Dr. Tariq Iqbal
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada
COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR THE
REMOTE HYBRID POWER SYSTEM IN
•Located six (6) kilometres South-West of Newfoundland.
•Hybrid Power System (Wind-Hydrogen Diesel project):
•2.775MW diesel plant (three 925kW diesel generators)
•Six 65kW wind turbines (North-West coast of the island ).
•Three 100kW wind turbines added in 2009 (North of the island).
•New power infrastructure (currently under development)
combines wind, hydrogen, and diesel generators in order to
provide cleaner energy to the community.
WIND TURBINE’S LOCATION
•First six 65kW wind turbines.
•Data Acquisition System (DAS) located 1.6km from the Main Power Control System
•Only remote connection currently installed is a wireless link between two Cirronet
WIND TURBINE’S LOCATION
•Three 100kW wind turbines installed in 2009.
•Located 130m, 200m, and 270m from the Main Power Control System (MPCS).
•Data transmission through underground Fiber Optic cable.
–Wireless link (Cirronet HN-210D transceivers):
–Remote supervision and control (enabling/disabling all wind turbines)
–Functional frequency is 2.4GHz which allows them to operate in the free-license
–A 2.4GHz transmission is very vulnerable to atmospheric attenuation (snow storms,
rain, hail, or a combination of all three).
–Fiber Optic communication:
–High speed data transmission (up to several gigabytes)
–Free electromagnetic interference
–Elevated costs for modems, couplers, cable, installation, and maintenance
(CAN$19,380.00 for cabling only)
–Wireless link (LaridTech AC4790 transceivers):
•Remote supervision and control (enabling/disabling all wind turbines)
•Functional frequency between 902-928MHz which allows them to operate in
the free-license electromagnetic spectrum.
•Transmissions below 1GHz minimize considerably the attenuation effect
during extremely hazardous weather conditions.
–Power Line Carrier (PLC):
•Use electric power line cables for data transmission.
•Bilateral communication between the DAS and the MPCS without modifying
the power system infrastructure currently in place at Ramea.
•Netgear XE102 with a modified coupling stage between the modems and high
voltage carriers (4.16kV).
Communication System Lab Setup
Transmission Flow Chart
Communication System Diagram
High Voltage Coupling Stage
“fc2 > fc1”
Battery Backup System
Total Power Consumption: 2.12W
Analog and Digital Point Count
Data Acquisition System
WindMatic WM15S Unit Point
Inverter Power kW Analog 10s
Rotor Speed RPM Analog 10s
Inst. Wind Speed m/s Analog 10s
One Min.Avg Wind
Speed m/s Analog 10s
Ten Min.Avg Wind
Speed m/s Analog 10s
Hours Online Analog 10s
Production kWh Analog 10s
Breaker Status Open/
Closed Digital 10s
Permission to Operate Yes/No Digital 10s
•Laboratory tests have shown that the DAS can successfully communicate
with an emulated MPCS in a terminal computer, wireless and PLC
transmissions have no instability and a satisfactory synchronization.
•A coupling model for a 480V power line was effectively tested under optimal
conditions and will be used as a template for the final 4.16kV couplers.
HPF+HFA (fc1) HPF+HFA (fc2)
•Once the coupling system is complete and final
calibrations are performed to the DAS and MPCS, the
final product will be then sent to Ramea for field testing.
•Further analysis and development will be included in this
research as this solution has to be compatible with other
remote power infrastructures.
•Measures like weather insulation, overheating protection,
and power overloads must be taken into consideration to
avoid environmental, structural and personal hazards,
otherwise the system can become a mayor safety risk to
•Constant communication between the DAS and the MPCS will allow
technicians to optimize wind turbine control as well as limiting onsite
traveling to a minimum.
•Combining PLC and low RF transceivers is an economically feasible approach
to ensure redundancy.
•Battery backup power source will allow the system to take advantage of
semi-independent feature working in conjunction with a renewable energy
•We would like to thank National Science and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC) Wind Energy Strategic Network
and Memorial University of Newfoundland for the
financial support for this research. We would also like to
thank Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for providing us
site access and system data.
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