ERCIM News No.26 - July 1996 - INESC
Application of Control Systems to the Electricity Production Sector
by João Miranda Lemos
INESC recently signed a number of research contracts concerned with
the control of major Thermal Power Stations of CPPE, the Company within
the EDP Group (Electricidade de Portugal) which is responsible for 90% of
the electricity generated in Portugal.
The contracts involve the following operational aspects: the study of control
procedures in emergency situations when the power stations are suddenly
disconnected from the distribution grid (ILOTROL project); the development
of impact evaluation methods for the renewal of control systems (IMPACTO);
and the trial development of algorithms for flame monitoring applications
inside furnaces (CHAMA). These research activities have been enhanced by
several advanced training actions to be developed for senior CPPE technical
staff in charge of instrumentation and control in the six power stations
owned by the company.
These contracts are the result of the successful conclusion of several projects
previously carried out on behalf of EDP by the researchers of the area of
Control Systems at INESC over the last 10 years. The execution of the programme
will involve the Dynamic Control Systems Group (ILOTROL, IMPACTO and Advanced
Training) and the Computer Vision Group (CHAMA).
João Miranda Lemos - INESC
Tel: +351 1 3100000
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