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NREL Purchases Second AC/DC High Power Source from AMETEK
- Posted on 21/04/15 05:27PM

New AMETEK System for Energy Grid Testing Will Become Largest AC Grid Simulator in the World

SAN DIEGO – April 21, 2015AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) has placed an order for its second regenerative AC/DC High Power Source. 

When installed in parallel with the previous California Instruments RS Series units purchased in 2013, the new system will have the capability to supply up to 2 MVA, making it not only the largest system built by AMETEK Programmable Power, but the largest known AC Grid Simulator in the world with the bandwidth and modularity of the RS system.

NREL’s advanced energy group plans to use the high power inverter for characterization and testing of electrical grid systems.  Specifically, the systems are being used at NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), the nation’s first facility that can conduct integrated megawatt-scale research and development of the components and strategies needed to safely move clean energy technologies onto the electrical grid.

The California Instruments RS Series of high-power AC/DC power systems provide controlled AC and DC outputs for a wide variety of Research, ATE and Test applications. The RS Series provides a powerful combination of high power density and simple installation without the need for elaborate cooling schemes. 

Each of the two systems consists of four RS270 units, each capable of generating 270 kVA of power. Eight control chassis allow NREL engineers to remotely configure the system as a single 2 MVA, two 1MVA systems, four 540 kVA units, two 810 kVA unit and two 270 kVA unit, or eight, separate 270 kVA units. This capability will give NREL the flexibility it needs to simulate power grids to better understand how different renewable energy technologies interact with each other.

In addition, the systems have been customized to allow NREL engineers to control it in real time via external drive signals. These modifications bypass the system controller and allow the external signals to directly control the high-power source. This eliminates processing delays and allows the system to be used with NREL’s hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators.

Hardware-in-the-loop simulation is not a new concept, but adding megawatt-scale power takes research to another level. In a power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) experiment, portions of a power system being studied are modeled in software, while other portions exist as actual hardware. 

The hardware components interact with the software model via an interface, which includes a power amplifier capable of converting digital or low-level analog representations of modeled quantities into electrical power waveforms.  In this way, the power amplifier can be controlled to apply the same electrical waveform to the hardware components that those components would have seen had they been connected to a real-world power system instead of a model.  NREL will use the AMETEK grid simulator(s) as the power amplifiers for MW-scale PHIL experiments.

Other key features of the RS Series include:

  • Power regeneration. The RS Series can return up to 85 percent of the power generated by an inverter, meaning the ESIF consumes 85 percent less energy during testing. This approach eliminates the need for traditional AC source and load combinations.  The result is a simplified system configuration while offering up to 85 percent less heat dissipation. That not only reduces energy costs but also drastically reduces air- conditioning requirements.
     

  • Sophisticated signal generation and measurement. The RS Series uses a sophisticated digital signal processor-based arbitrary waveform generator and power analyzer. This integrated, multi-instrument approach effectively eliminates the need for additional equipment to create a complete AC power test system.

For More Information
To learn more about AMETEK‘s programmable power suppliesand programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427, or 858-458-0223, or by email at sales.ppd@ametek.com. That information also is available from an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative, who can be located by visiting http://www.programmablepower.com/contact/.

AMETEK Programmable Poweris a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with 2014 sales of $4.0 billion.

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AMETEK Programmable Power Earns Two Russian GOST Standards Certifications
- Posted on 09/04/15 07:22PM

GOST-R and GOST-Metrology enables import and sale of products into Russia

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2015 AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions (programmablepower.com), announced it has achieved two critical standards certifications that allow its products to be sold in Russia.

AMETEK Programmable Power products, spanning AC power sources, DC power supplies, and AC/DC loads, have received GOST-R certification. GOST certification is internationally recognized and awarded to manufacturers based on testing and verifying that the manufacturers’ products provide exemplary safety, quality and performance. GOST certification further ensures that the products are in compliance with Russian National Standards and in adherence with Euro-Asian regional standards.

In addition, AMETEK’s Sorensen brand SG DC Power Supply and Sorensen SFA Current Source both have received GOST-R and GOST-Metrology certifications.  Products that carry the GOST-Metrology certification perform to specific, high levels within a stricter, specified margin of error.

AMETEK Programmable Power designs, manufactures and markets precision, AC and DC programmable power supplies, electronic loads, application specific power subsystems, and compliance test solutions for customers requiring and valuing differentiated power products and services. It offers one of the industries' broadest portfolios of programmable power products under the Sorensen, Elgar, California Instrumentsand AMRELbrands.

GOST certification certifies that whether solutions are standard or custom, they’ve won the right to be imported, marketed, distributed and sold for Russian applications.                                                                                                         

About AMETEK Programmable Power

For more information on any of AMETEK’s programmable power suppliesand programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427 or 858-458-0223, or by email: sales.ppd@ametek.com. Users can also contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative by visiting programmablepower.com/contact.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $4.0 billion.

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AMETEK Programmable Power Launches New Online Store
- Posted on 15/10/14 04:50PM

Online Site Makes Buying DC Power Supplies Easy and Convenient

SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2014 AMETEK Programmable Power, the global leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions (programmablepower.com), has launched a new online store featuring some of its most popular programmable DC power supplies and accessories. A responsive interface makes it fast and convenient for engineers to evaluate and purchase DC power products on a variety of mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones. Visit the store: http://store.programmablepower.com.

“We’ve all become used to the immediacy of online shopping, and our customers certainly appreciate the same convenience for work-related purchases,” explained André Marais, Director of Global Sales at AMETEK Programmable Power. “We created our online store to improve the buying experience for our customers, including in stock shipping typically within 48 hours.”

With its online store, AMETEK simplified the technical ordering process to three easy steps:

  1. Choose the product model by selecting voltage and current
  2. Choose a communication interface or other pertinent options
  3. Select product quantity and add to cart

Customers can browse product categories from the drop-down menus or search for products using the convenient search bar at the top of the page. Orders are typically processed within one to two business days. For this first phase, the online store supports shipping to U. S. locations.                                                                                                                    

 

About AMETEK Programmable Power

For more information on any of AMETEK’s programmable power supplies and programmable loads, contact AMETEK Programmable Power Sales toll free at 800-733-5427 or 858-458-0223, or by email: sales.ppd@ametek.com. Users can also contact an authorized AMETEK Programmable Power sales representative by visiting programmablepower.com/contact/.

AMETEK Programmable Power is a business unit of AMETEK Electronic Instruments Group, a leader in advanced instruments for the process, aerospace, power and industrial markets and a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of $4.2 billion.

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