The end for “baseloadism” in SA, and the need for “flexible” power generation

  In the brave new world of power generation, the old paradigm and approach of dispatching baseload, mid-merit and peaking generation capacity, in that order to meet electricity demand, is being turned on its head. With the massive reduction in the price of renewable energy from wind and solar photo-voltaic (PV) plant over the last […]

New data shows benefits of renewable energy

  The Renewable Energy Data and Information Service (REDIS) has been updated with new data up until June 2017. REDIS provides project data for 121 renewable energy generators, and now features more than one million hourly electricity production data records from 83 plants in operation, from April 2012 to June 2017. In this REDIS update, […]

Parallel operation of standby and primary generator sets

  It is becoming common practice to install a number of smaller sized standby or primary power generator sets rather than a single larger machine. This is done to ensure availability, handle variable loads efficiently, and facilitate maintenance. Efficient operation of paralleled sets requires synchronisation and load balancing, as well as operating machines at the […]