Distribution and transmission utilities have to provide high-quality services to industrial, commercial and residential energy consumers, while seamlessly integrating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) into their networks.
Facing multiple technical challenges, utilities need to rely on secure, rugged and field-proven solutions to ensure the stability and efficiency of their electric grid. In this light, VIZIMAX offers a wide range of solutions to establish secure and reliable DER integration, provides real-time monitoring and visualization of mission critical assets, and mitigates transients generated by the switching of voltage regulation systems, power transformers and transmission lines.
Furthermore, VIZIMAX solutions provide extensive monitoring and auto-diagnosis of the system, including its components and allow early detection of performance degradation before a failure can occur.
The demand for distribution networks has grown extensively as residential customers’ needs for energy is constantly increasing as well as the demand for connections to renewable energy production sites.
To help utilities optimize their distribution network’s power system, VIZIMAX provides automated solutions for monitoring and managing. For instance, the root cause of cascading events can often be reduced by the implementation of decentralized intelligence (e.g., smart devices) in critical points of a utility’s network.
VIZIMAX develops “Internet of Things” solutions for grid supervision that improves response time and efficiency of the network when system failures are detected (outages, overcurrent, voltage loss). Installed on distribution pole tops, feeders or in substations, VIZIMAX products meet requirements of several utility’s distribution automation applications (self-healing grid, fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR), volt/VAR optimization, feeder protection and control, and secure production site interconnection).
Electric utilities install FACTS technologies throughout their distribution and transmission networks to improve their network’s overall reliability and manage voltage fluctuations and power quality.
Equipment operated with FACTS technologies relies on medium and high voltage circuit breakers to energize or de-energize capacitor banks, shunt reactors, filters, SVC, STATCOM, etc. However, uncontrolled or random load switching operations cause voltage disturbances and inrush currents, which may damage circuit breakers and equipment within a substation, impact voltage regulation and power quality, and lead to equipment or power failures.
The SynchroTeq controlled switching device improves reliability and stability of FACTS solutions: while switching loads, it operates circuit breakers at the optimal moment to reduce transients such as inrush currents and voltage disturbances.
Thanks to unique features such as fast switching, ability to handle partially discharged capacitor banks and more, SynchroTeq technologies also assist FACTS for improved responsiveness in voltage adjustment.
With the increasing worldwide demand for energy, most infrastructures, including distribution and transmission networks, must be operated close to their maximum rating. Since financial margins are reduced, the equipment upgrade or replacement dilemma becomes more important.
VIZIMAX provides utilities with solutions and technologies to modernize their existing infrastructure and optimize assets at a reasonable cost without impacting reliability and performance.
Built as vendor agnostic and interoperable solutions, VIZIMAX products leverage legacy devices by adding secure M2M communication interoperability, real-time web monitoring and control and automation capabilities.
VIZIMAX solutions are a necessity for the transition of installation from conventional to IEC 61850 architecture including real-time data collection of current, voltage and status information on the process-bus and the update of legacy devices to IEC61850 standard.
VIZIMAX extends the lifespan of switchyard equipment and reduces maintenance costs and investment due to the elimination of copper cables replaced by Fiber optic or Ethernet links.
Critical and expensive equipment such as power transformers, circuit breakers (C/B), shunt reactors and capacitor banks are crucial to electrical power systems. Keeping these key assets operational as long as possible at a reasonable cost without impacting reliability, performance and optimization of the network is one of the industry’s main challenges.
Developed by VIZIMAX, SynchroTeq Plus – Controlled Switching Device (CSD) – provides safe, enhanced and reliable operations conditions and makes possible a transition from reactive maintenance to preventive maintenance based on abnormal condition notification, events anticipation, monitoring and remote operation.
SynchroTeq Plus procures a local or remote real-time monitoring of substation apparatus, evaluates their performances and provides guidance regarding future maintenance and repairs through its secure web-based operation interface. Thanks to its Sequence-of-Events Recorder (SER), operating parameter interface and integrated waveform recorder, SynchroTeq Plus allows real-time monitoring of the electric signal and equipment in an electrical substation.