Int. J. Global Energy Issues, Vol. 24, Nos. 1/2, 2005
Copyright © 2005 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Enhancing small hydro automation using distributed
micro-controllers and simulation
ANF Energy Solutions Inc.,
4092 McBean Street, Ottawa,
Ontario, K0A 2Z0, Canada
Fax: 1 613 838 6505
Yves Grandmaitre and William Kemp
Powerbase Automation Systems Inc.,
150 Rosamond Street,
Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 1V2, Canada
Fax: 1 613 257 1840
Fax: 1 613 257 7356
The past ten years has seen significant advances in low-cost
micro-controllers, data communications and personal computing. Applying
these technologies to small hydro automation, affordable multifunctional
distributed processing solutions is now a commercial reality. The ability to
reduce costs is facilitated by innovative low-cost simulation tools.
The successful application of these technologies to the control and protection of
a 2MVA hydro generating unit is described.
small hydro; automation; simulation; micro-controllers; distributed
processing; governing; SCADA; data buses; personal computing tools.
to this paper should be made as follows: Foss, A., Grandmaitre, Y.
and Kemp, W. (2005) ‘Enhancing small hydro automation using distributed
micro-controllers and simulation’,
Int. J. Global Energy Issues
, Vol. 24,
Nos. 1/2, pp.19–28.
Aidan Foss P.Eng. is the Principal Engineer of ANF
Energy Solutions Inc. A graduate in mathematics from the Cambridge
University, UK, with a Doctorate in turbine control from the Imperial College,
London, Foss specialised in computer control and simulation and was
Vice-Chairman of the UK Simulation Council. Through the National Grid
Company, he focused on power applications, including auditing and modelling
of generator control systems. Currently based in Ottawa, Foss provides
technical consultancy services covering power systems, power measurement,
power-plant automation and simulation.
Yves Grandmaitre, CSP, V.P. Sales and Marketing at Powerbase Automation
Systems Inc., has been active in selling and interfacing with industrial controls
for over fifteen years. His experiences have spanned the pulp and
paper industry, petrochemical, waste water and many more. Grandmaitre