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Investigation of power quality in the auxiliary and distribution networks at Kafue Gorge Power Station in Zambia
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Computer and Electrical Engineering.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Zambia Electrical Supply Company (ZESCO) Limited has partly replaced electrical components from analogue to digital in the auxiliary system at Kafue Gorge Power Station. Later, it was discovered that there was an increase in component breakdowns in the parts of the monitoring system connected to the auxiliary system. The company seeks baseline data for Power Quality to help determine the cause of these frequent breakdowns.

Unilyser 902 and PQ Secure were used to monitor and analyse the power quality outlook in both the auxiliary and distribution systems. Data was collected on 3 deferent points of the systems. These points were different both in space and electrically and were connected to loads with different electricalcharacteristics. There were inconsistences in the data collection procession such as deferent lengths in times of motoring per point and difficulties in reaching one of the pre-selected points. Furthermore, the monitoring instrument could not be correctly configured because a correct IP address could not be obtained. This led to inconsistencies in data collection such as failure to obtain certain power quality parameter readings. No particular power quality issues could be pin pointed in the system that could be linked to the problem at the station. However, due to the above mentioned challenges in the data collection process, these results were inconclusive for the purpose of the study. The results arrived at cannot serve as baseline data for trouble shooting the system. More concrete and updated monitoring of power quality is needed to draw conclusion about the wellbeing of the system from the power quality point of view.

In view of the above, it was recommended that permanent power quality monitors are more suitable tools for the purpose as they give more updated data. The updated data can be relied upon and compared with other points monitored at the same time and this gives a more fair understanding of instantaneous and non-repetitive events in the power system

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
Voltage, Current, Power Quality, Harmonics, THD, Wave form distortion
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6847Local ID: EXC585OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6847DiVA: diva2:755808
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Electrotechnology
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Elkraft
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Available from: 2014-10-20 Created: 2014-10-15 Last updated: 2014-10-20Bibliographically approved

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