Kaneka has received a unique solution from ABB to prevent its polyimide film manufacturing line from the damages caused by voltage outages, swells, and sags. The power protection package supplied is the first combined PCS100 UPS-I/PCS100 RPC (Reactive Power Conditioner) product, a key milestone for ABB.
ABB’s Innovative Solution
The innovative solution comprises a 1050 kVA PCS100 UPS-I and a 323 kVAr PCS100 RPC, enabling elimination of sags and swells through the UPS-I and improving the load’s power factor to beyond 0.90 through the PCS100 RPC, which is an outcome of the PCS100 STATCOM development. Besides providing dynamic power factor control, the PCS100 RPC improves power quality by filtering of low order harmonics. This capability allows protecting vital assets, which is imperative to achieve continuous output.
The Malaysian electronic manufacturer supplies polyimide film produced from the manufacturing line to the electronics industry. The customer could suffer expensive production downtime and recovery costs when the manufacturing process is halted by a power outage. In case of power outage, the load will be disconnected from the utility by the PCS100 UPS-I in ABB’s turn-key solution. This is followed by supplying full power to the manufacturing line for five minutes.
At the same time, power factor control of over 0.90 would be provided by the PCS100 RPC. The customer expected that the UPS-I would provide a power supply of 1000kVA in the case of a power outage. However, ABB’s PCS100 UPS-I exceeded the expectations of the customer by supplying 1050kVA of power to protect the load before a shutdown occurs.
The evaluation of transition times by Kaneka revealed that the PCS100 UPS-I delivered a performance beyond the customer’s expectations. The presence of a static switch in the PCS100 UPS-I facilitates rapid transfer for stabilization of the power flow if an outage prevailed.
System efficiency is another deciding factor as the PCS100 UPS-I involves low heat loss, which enabled Kaneka to save significant costs in air-conditioning requirements. Besides exhibiting an efficiency rate of 99%, a small footprint is another advantage of the PCS100 UPS-I.
As a hybrid technology, the PCS100 RPC delivers dynamic reactive power conditioning and filters of low order harmonics. ABB’s PCS100 inverter technology forms the basis of the PCS100 RPC technology. The PCS100 RPC is advantageous in many ways over other technologies. Active filtering of harmonic currents, fast dynamic power factor and imbalance correction are some of the benefits offered by the PCS100 RPC.
Modular construction is a key characteristic of the PCS100 RPC, helping to achieve a very reliable platform. The system will never suffer from tripping in the event of failure of one of the power modules. Instead, it will continue to run but at reduced capacity. The smaller granularity enables the customer to obtain full redundancy at a lower cost, a unique feature of the PCS100 RPC.
ABB’s worldwide presence and the unique capabilities of its PCS100 UPS-I and PCS100 RPC enable Kaneka to use this solution whenever required.
About ABB Power Conditioning
ABB is a leading supplier of UPS and power conditioning products – ABB's PCS100 portfolio is a unique line up of low and medium voltage power conversion technology. The PCS100 power converters demonstrate highly reliable and cost-effective performance. With the PCS100 product portfolio, ABB offer efficient power conversion solutions that are specifically designed to solve power quality problems and stabilize networks. Covering applications from data centers through to complete industrial plant protection, microgrid systems and shore-to-ship supply, ABB have the power conversion technology for every need. Starting from a few kVA to many MVA and a wide range of supply voltages. ABB has installed more than 900 MW of power conditioning solutions worldwide. It’s business as usual with ABB Power Protection
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by ABB Power Conditioning - Discrete Automation and Motion Division.
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