Modular Peaking Plant Helps Keep Power Prices Down, Down Under

California has nothing on southern Australia when it comes to electricity price volatility. During the south Australian summer, prices can jump from $30 per MWh to $10,000 per MWh in just five minutes. A new 20-MW, diesel-powered peaking plant is helping to minimize demand-driven spikes, and was constructed in just 90 days.

03/01/2003


California has nothing on southern Australia when it comes to electricity price volatility. During the south Australian summer, prices can jump from $30 per MWh to $10,000 per MWh in just five minutes. A new 20-MW, diesel-powered peaking plant is helping to minimize demand-driven spikes, and was constructed in just 90 days.

The rapid construction was enabled by the facility's modular design. The station, located in a suburb of Adelaide, integrates 18 containerized generator sets, each rated at 1.125 MW. Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) helps ensure nitrogen oxide emissions are maintained below the permitted limit of 10 grams per second per MW. Moreover, carbon monoxide production is lower than regulatory limits, thanks to lower-emissions engines. In addition, the generator sets incorporate a "smart" fuel-injection system, which reduces the visible smoke at start up.

The facility is Australia's first temporary power station and is leased to an independent electricity provider that sells power to the country's wholesale market. The units each incorporate a digital control system, allowing for paralleled operation and instant synchronization with the larger grid. The plant can ramp up to full power within one minute, and will remain unmanned during normal operation.

From Pure Power, Spring 2003





No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Integrating electrical and HVAC for energy efficiency; Mixed-use buildings; ASHRAE 90.4; Wireless fire alarms assessment and challenges
integrated building networks, NFPA 99, recover waste heat, chilled water systems, Internet of Things, BAS controls
40 Under 40; Performance-based design; Clean agent fire suppression; NFPA 92; Future of commissioning; Successful project management principles
Transformers; Electrical system design; Selecting and sizing transformers; Grounded and ungrounded system design, Paralleling generator systems
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; VFDs in high-performance buildings
Tying a microgrid to the smart grid; Paralleling generator systems; Previewing NEC 2017 changes
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me