Upgrading the Power Systems Lab

Phase 1: RTDS Project

This project for upgrading the Power Systems lab was initiated by the Electrical Engineering Department with a genuine enthusiasm to give its students an opportunity to expose and learn with one of the best state of the art real time simulation and monitoring tools used in modern day power engineering education. This has been a long felt need but could not be materialized due to high capital cost and limited state funds. The department is very optimistic and ambitious that with your generous support it could complete this project. It is our hope that this project will elevate the department to further heights as the premier department and the only department in the country that offers pure power engineering degree program at undergraduate level.

Power Systems Laboratory of Electrical Engineering department is already equipped with licensed versions of commercially available power system analysis software tools such as PSSE, PSCAD, PowerWorld, from which the students conduct various power systems studies. The new facility that will be acquired by this project will enable the students to integrate real-time monitoring functions with real time simulation, allowing the students to explore more on both real-time simulation and real-time monitoring.

Smart technologies are making new turns in the power engineering practices and on this count the department at its recent curriculum revision introduced a new focus area of “Smart Power Systems” to undergraduate program to be effective for 2020 intake and onwards. The new facility to be brought in by this project will be of immense use to deliver this aspect of the curriculum effectively.

We respectfully invite you, our alumna and well-wishers to partner with this project with your generous contribution and feel proud of being a party to a very worthy cause of the department that you too grew up or associated with, to support the children of the nation.

Expected Outcomes

It is expected that the proposed real-time digital simulation facility and real-time monitoring facility will open numerous opportunities in the areas of digital real-time simulation and monitoring in power systems as listed below:

  1. Effective laboratory facility for undergraduate students to learn real-time digital simulation and monitoring.

  2. Advanced learning opportunities for postgraduate power engineering students.

  3. Training opportunities for industry personnel on real-time simulation and monitoring in power systems.

Implementation Plan

The proposed real-time simulation and monitoring laboratory can be implemented in two stages.

Stage 1: Establishing real-time digital simulation facility

In the first stage, it is planned to install one Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) with RSCAD software on dedicated computers. Further, protection relays are needed in the setup to integrate RTDS with external devices and to check the performance of protection schemes.

Stage 2: Establishing real-time monitoring facility

The second stage is to integrate real-time monitoring facility with the help of PMU function available in RTDS. A set of few additional equipment (Satellite clock, PDC, digital processors, etc.) are also needed to complete the set up.

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget for developing the real-time simulation and monitoring laboratory is shown in Table 1.

Table 1: The proposed budget

Item Total Cost (LKR) Funding Source
1 Civil Work: (Preparation of power systems laboratory with new partitions, tiling, colour washing of walls, installing vertical blinds) 2 million University Funds
2 Electrical Work: (Installation of air conditioners, lamps, fixtures and supply for computers) 2 million University Funds
3 Setting up of Real-Time Digital Simulator facility (RTDS, RSCAD software, computers, computer tables and chairs, network connections) 25 million EESoc Trust Fund
4 Setting up of Real-Time Monitoring Facility (PMU, PDC, related software tools) 9 million Research Grants
Total 38 million

Account Details

Acc No: 0000307559
Beneficiary: Electrical Engineering Society, University of Moratuwa.
Bank & Branch: Bank of Ceylon, Katubedda Branch, No.605, Galle Road, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Branch Code: 030
Bank Code: 7010
Routing Code: 7010/030 (For "Western Union" transfers)
Swift Code: BCEYLKLX

Please email your transfer confirmation : eesoc-fund@uom.lk

Raised Amount

Rs. 1,956,025/=

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