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Hydroelectric Power Protection

Variable Frequency Drive Protection


Electrical Protection at Hydroelectric Power Facilities
Ensure unparalleled generated by switching motor
reliability and loads. However, these built in
availability of SPDs may not be adequate
variable frequency to protect the sensitive drives
drive (VFD) from damage by repeated large
equipment and spikes or surges generated by
operational lightning or the utility. To further
infrastructures protect the VFDs, integrators
with Strikesorb and electrical contractors will
technology, field often recommend that additional
proven to protect surge protection be installed
mission-critical prior to a drive being put into
applications service, further protecting the
worldwide. VFDs before costly failures
occur.
A recent incident at a large
energy utility operating a
number of hydroelectric facilities
in the Pacific Northwest of
the United States highlights
the need for additional surge
protection. The utility had
installed floating surface fish
collectors (FSC) at one of
its dams. After installation, a
switching error occurred that
caused the power plant to
be completely disconnected
from the grid. Even though
Figure 1: Cushman river floating surface each of the VFDs had 10% line
fish collector in Washington USA.
impedance and conventional
surge protectors installed by the
The Challenge drive manufacturer, the resulting
Variable frequency drives voltage surge damaged several
(VFDs) at hydroelectric power of the VFDs installed on the FSC.
Figure 2: Bonneville Dam plants often control critical Only after this happened did the
and Locks circular fish systems such as irrigation, utility install Raycaps Rayvoss
ladder, Oregon USA. water levels, fish management SPDs on each of the floating
devices or flood gate control surface fish collectors. This
systems. In many cases the additional protection tames the
VFDs may already be equipped surges and spikes much more
with manufacturer-installed line effectively than the conventional
side surge protective devices surge protection built into the
(SPDs) to protect against spikes VFDs by the manufacturer.

I N N O V A T I N G P O W E R P R O T E C T I O N W O R L D W I D E
Solution Conclusion
Raycaps solutions can provide in house or caused by industrial Hydroelectric power plant
a stable electrical environment neighbors. Once installed inside managers know that providing
and virtually eliminate the losses or adjacent to the VFD, Rayvoss a safe environment is the
caused by electrical overvoltage SPDs will effectively and most critical factor in effective
events. Its Rayvoss systems, consistently protect the critical operations, and that protecting
featuring the patented Strikesorb systems which depend upon the sensitive mission-critical
technology, are trusted to function of the VFDs. Rayvoss equipment from catastrophic
protect sophisticated electrical SPDs are designed to handle failure and ensuring the
equipment from damage caused multiple surge events without reliability and availability of all
by lightning surges, or large ever requiring maintenance. mandatory functions is key to
load switching occurring either successful facility operations.

Rayvoss SPD
Strikesorb, the surge installed in series
suppression module in a Motor Control
Center (MCC).
found at the core of
Rayvoss systems, is
a high surge capacity
protection element able
to efficiently manage
high-energy transient
currents. Rayvoss systems
offer maintenance-
free protection and
are perfectly suited
for mission-critical


applications in rugged
environments.
Greg Miller
Manufacturing Representative
Control Components
Northwest
Strikesorb Benefits
Maintenance-free operation
Safe operation: No smoke, fire or explosion
Unique capability to withstand multiple high-energy transients
Low let-through voltage, therefore providing excellent
protection compared with competitive SPD products
Class I/Class II compliant SPD per IEC 61643-11
Global standards compliance: UL 1449 3rd Edition, IEC,
IEEE, NEMA
10 year global product warranty

Raycap is a trusted partner, providing maintenance-free electrical protection


solutions for mission-critical applications in hundreds of thousands of
installations worldwide. For a detailed presentation on how Raycaps Strikesorb-
based solutions can protect your hydroelectric power facility, contact us today!

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