The Hydroelectric Power Plants Application with Kaplan Turbine, "AEL-HPPK", has been designed by EDIBON with a double purpose: on one hand it allows to study the hydroelectric power plants with Kaplan turbine and, on the other hand, it is possible to study Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity by combining this application with the Computer Controlled Series/Parallel Pumps Bench, "PBSPC", designed by Edibon too.
The "AEL-HPPK" application consists of real mechanical and electrical elements (reduced scale) for testing in laboratories. In addition, due to its versatility and flexibility, this application allows to study the operation of both large hydroelectric power plants and mini hydroelectric centers. For this purpose, a synchronous generator is coupled to the Kaplan turbine for electricity production and with the goal of produce different energy consumptions. A network analyzer is located at the output of the generator to monitor the power generation parameters such as active, reactive and apparent power, phase currents, frequency and power factor. In addition this application has a capacitor bank that provides reactive energy for power factor correction.
The "AEL-HPPK" application includes the following elements:
- Instrumentation panel.
- Digital network analyzer to measure generator electrical parameters (V, f, P, Q, S, PF, etc).
- Generator analog voltmeter.
- Generator analog wattmeter.
- Generator analog varmeter.
- Three-phase overcurrent protection relay.
- Three-phase capacitive load bench for power factor compensation.
- Three-phase resistive load bench for energy consumption.
- Kaplan turbine with electric generator.
This Computer Controlled Unit is supplied with the EDIBON Computer Control System (SCADA), and includes: The unit itself + a Control Interface Box + a Data Acquisition Board + Computer Control, Data Acquisition and Data Management Software Packages, for controlling the process and all parameters involved in the process.