The Power System Automation Laboratory conducts research in all aspects of automation, control and protection of electric power systems. The laboratory specializes in real-time, high-fidelity data capture and analysis on operating systems to detect faults and abnormal operating conditions. Current research includes data analysis to detect incipient failure conditions for line and apparatus, enabling true condition based maintenance before catastrophic failure. The laboratory is known internationally for its work in high-impedance fault detection which resulted in commercial relay systems that are widely used today in the electric utility industry.

Electricity Distribution Automation Laboratory was renewed in the spring term of 2011-2012 with the contributions of SIEMENS Company. The operating characteristics and main types of protection relays are presented in the laboratory. It also includes the basic principles of generator voltage adjustment in terms of power system control. Fundamental information about the role of the computerized SCADA system in power system operation, photovoltaic cells, modules and system components are given to the students by a set of experiments. The available student experiments in the laboratory are listed below;

  • SCADA applications & RTU systems in distribution systems

  • Overvoltage/Under voltage Protection

  • Overcurrent and Ground Fault Protection

  • Distance Protection

  • Differential Protection

  • Photovoltaic Solar Cells

  • Automatic Voltage Regulators

  • Power factor correction

  • Instrument transformers

  • Grounding and Voltage Drift

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