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Article authored by Sylvio Cayres, Global Representative for the RTDS Simulator, overseeing Brazil
Located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Cayres Pinto Engenharia Ltd. (CP Engenharia) was founded in 1990 and has been performing consulting services, technical support, and training for electric utilities, engineering companies, and universities.
In the beginning, CP Engenharia had different partners in the electric power systems industry, including Toshiba Protection Division in Japan, Artus (a digital fault recorder manufacturer) in France (represented by Adimarco), Schweitzer Engineering Labs – SEL in the USA (then, also represented by Adimarco), and Macrodyne in the USA (the company that first launched the concepts for the power system phasor measurement and manufactured the first standalone PMU). Today, CP Engenharia is responsible for the technical-commercial support for ASPEN and the RTDS Simulator.
Using ASPEN short-circuit and power flow software for consulting projects in the late 1990s, CP Engenharia ended up developing a strong link with that Californian company and, in 2000, CP Engenharia was granted the right to provide technical support and training to all ASPEN’s Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking customers. Today, the company is increasingly committed to its customers, leading CP Engenharia to develop many training courses and consulting services based on the ASPEN software, which the company has offered throughout Spain and Central America.
In 2002, a representative agreement was signed with RTDS Technologies Inc. By then, only one company in Brazil (FURNAS) used the RTDS Simulator, which it had acquired in the mid-1990s, making it one of the first commercial installations of the RTDS Simulator in the world.
Today, Brazil has a total of 20 RTDS Simulator installations, found in electric utility companies, universities, and manufacturers. The country also has large RTDS Simulators running at the Brazilian National System Operator (ONS), with a PB5/GPC- & NovaCor-platform configuration; and at the Itaipu Technological Park (PTI), located in the Itaipu Power Plant area, now being fully upgraded to the NovaCor platform. ONS’ and PTI’s RTDS Simulators are within the largest utility real-time simulators in the world.
CP Engenharia has been marketing the RTDS Simulator across Brazil. Staff at RTDS Technologies have often come to Brazil for presentations at conferences in the electrical sector, and for specific visits to users and prospective customers.
Mr. Sylvio Cayres
Cayres Pinto Engenharia Ltd.
Rua Ramon Franco, 104 – Urca
Rio de Janeiro RJ 22290-290
Phone: +55 21 2570 2051
Fax: +55 21 2570 2051
Topic: ONS Experience on the Integration and Operation of a Laboratory Facility with Four Different HVDC Links Manufacturers
Presenters: Alex de Castro and João J R Oliveira, ONS – Brazilian National Electrical System Operator
Abstract: This presentation will describe ONS experience on setting-up, operating and maintaining a Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation facility composed by real-time simulator equipment and HVDC control and protection replicas from four different manufactures (ABB, GE, SIEMENS and NARI). This entire infrastructure is operating all together in its laboratory located at Rio de Janeiro main office headquarter.
For the past 8 years of its existence, the work carried out at this facility covers the insertion of four HVDC transmission links to a very large HVAC transmission network. The activities developed there cover the controllers setting up, commissioning and supplementary tuning for the following HVDC links: two parallel bipoles for a 2500km link supplied by two different manufactures (ABB and GE); one bipole for a 2000km link supplied by SIEMENS and one bipole for a 2500km link supplied by NARI. In addition, for a full representation of the interconnected electrical network, there is an older HVDC transmission link in Brazil with no replicas available currently. For that reason, the respective controllers are represented by RTDS models.
The integration and coordination of all this infrastructure in a single system representation have demanded the management of heterogeneous resources. That issue is essential for studying multiple infeed interactions on HVDC transmission dynamic performance.