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Revolutionizing Power System Monitoring with Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS)

Revolutionizing Power System Monitoring with Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS)


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Source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40565-016-0218-3 by Peter WALL, Papiya DATTARAY, Zhaoyang JIN, Priyanka MOHAPATRA, James YU, Douglas WILSON, Karine HAY, Stuart CLARK, Mark OSBORNE, Phillip M. ASHTON & Vladimir TERZIJA

Deployment and demonstration of wide area monitoring system in power system of Great Britain

In this blog post, we will introduce a project that aims to deploy and demonstrate a wide area monitoring system (WAMS) in the power system of Great Britain (GB). WAMS is a technology that uses synchronized measurements of voltage and current phasors from different locations in the power grid to monitor its dynamic behavior and stability. WAMS can provide valuable information for grid operators, such as frequency, voltage, power flow, angle difference, oscillation modes, and disturbance location. WAMS can also enable new applications for grid control and protection, such as adaptive protection, islanding detection, and emergency control.


The project is led by the University of Manchester, in collaboration with National Grid ESO, GE Grid Solutions, and The University of Strathclyde. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) programme. The project started in April 2020 and will run for four years.


The main objectives of the project are:

- To deploy a WAMS network consisting of 50 phasor measurement units (PMUs) and a phasor data concentrator (PDC) across GB, covering all voltage levels from 400 kV to 33 kV.


- To demonstrate the benefits of WAMS for grid operation and planning, such as enhancing situational awareness, improving state estimation, facilitating renewable integration, and supporting system restoration.


- To develop and test new WAMS-based applications for grid control and protection, such as adaptive protection, islanding detection, and emergency control.


- To disseminate the project outcomes and findings to the academic community, industry stakeholders, and the general public.


The project is expected to deliver significant impacts for the GB power system, such as:

- Improving the security and reliability of the power system by providing real-time monitoring and early warning of grid disturbances and instabilities.


- Enabling the integration of more renewable generation by providing accurate and timely information on grid conditions and constraints.


- Reducing the operational and capital costs of the power system by optimizing grid utilization and planning.


- Advancing the state-of-the-art of WAMS technology and applications by generating new knowledge and insights from the GB WAMS network.


- Promoting the adoption of WAMS technology in other countries and regions by showcasing its benefits and best practices in GB.


We hope that this blog post has given you an overview of our project and its objectives. We will update you on our progress and achievements in future posts. Stay tuned!


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