Paper on Novel Technology Termed ‘High Temperature Superconducting Fault Current Limiter' Published on IEEE's Digital Library
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 05 June, 2013 – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that a team of experts 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 novel technology for enhancing the system stability and security. .
The novel 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) – the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology.
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.”
His Excellency 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.”
Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “This innovation once again propels us to a lead position among research institutions that provide relevant solutions to utilities. The publishing of the paper about the new technology in the IEEE ‘Transaction on Power System' digital library further illustrates our status as innovators who contribute to the economy of the UAE. With the support of the UAE's leadership, we will continue with our clean and sustainable energy research and bring benefits that truly matter to our stakeholders.”
Dr. Roshdy Hegazy said that the new technology will help direct ADWEA's capital investments more effectively, instead of locking them up to tackle unforeseen supply interruptions. He remarked that ADWEA welcomes research efforts towards such innovations that secure our transmission and distribution (T&D) networks, and added research collaboration with Masdar Institute will ensure a more efficient supply network for Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Mohamed Shawky pointed out that the transient model of ADWEA power system is developed using the PSCAD/EMTDC simulation program – an accurate electromagnetic transient simulation software for the design and verification of critical power systems studies. He added that the innovation will help ADWEA to allocate capital investments in infrastructure expansion.
Founded in 1998, ADWEA works closely with its stakeholders and customers to deliver safe, reliable and cost effective power and water, and researches and develops ways to achieve more efficient power and water production, distribution, and consumption. A key focus for ADWEA is sustainability-planning for growth while creating social, economic, and environmental balance.
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC), purchases electricity from generation companies, transmits it over the national grid, and sells it to distribution companies, which then deliver directly to customers. The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) includes ADWEC, the transmission company, and the various distribution companies. Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (TRANSCO) is responsible for developing, operating and maintaining the high voltage power transmission and bulk water transmission networks within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar's core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi's knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity's toughest challenges such as climate change.
Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.