Maximising network stability and ensuring continuity of energy supply is vital to critical infrastructure. With budgetary pressures increasingly weighing over many parts of the power sector, you need to be absolutely sure that your plan is operating cost-effectively.
Developed by our own software engineers, ERACS is a suite of innovative power systems analysis software that enables users to simulate electrical power system networks quickly and easily to judge their correct, safe and timely operation.
Working closely with our diverse user base and our own power systems engineers the ERACS modules are constantly moving forward, providing real solutions to the practical challenges facing the power sector.
Using ERACS to conduct power system analysis, you are able to save costs, reduce risk, improve system quality and increase reliability and safety.
Models radial and mesh / interconnected AC three phase LV to HV systems with multiple generation sources. Loadflow calculates: system losses, power / VAr / current flows (on screen arrows indicate direction), transformer tap settings, equipment loading and voltage profiles (plus many more).
Allows all classical fault types to be applied to system elements with an additional survey option to automate this process.
Allows multiple harmonic sources to be connected to the system and their effect calculated. Results include total harmonic voltage and current distortion and their individual harmonic components in graphical and numerical formats.
Calculates the harmonic impedance profiles between selected system busbars, allowing possible system resonances to be identified.
Allows the connection of non-linear equipment to be assessed against the planning levels in ER G5/4.
Relays, fuses and circuit breakers are added from the ERACS data library to the single-line diagram. Settings and discrimination times are then graphically selected.
Having selected the desired protection settings, the protection program will check that no device will operate under steady state loadflow conditions.
Any one of the classical fault conditions can be applied to the single-line diagram to evaluate the dynamic operation of the protection scheme. ERACS will step through stage by stage to confirm (or not) that the fault can be isolated in an acceptable manner.
This single operation allows every element in the single-line diagram to have a fault applied to it and the corresponding protection scheme reactions logged. User friendly graphical reporting allows weaknesses and failures in the protection scheme to be quickly identified.
Examines the electrical network to determine the severity of arc flash hazards in accordance with IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E. Warning labels can be generated (and customised) from the tabulated reports and exported to Microsoft Word.
Allows dynamic system behaviour to be studied, for instance motor starting, fault application, load application, load rejection and general behaviour. A timeline of multiple events is selected with the result shown graphically and on the single-line diagram.
Allows AVR, governor and controlled shunt models (DFIGs, PFVs, SVCs, etc.) to be built and used in loadflow and transient stability studies.
Automate the following calculations outside of the ERACS Graphical User Interface using our Python Interface capability (example scripts are provided):
Please see our documentation for further details.
Share and inspect single-line diagrams in the cloud with our dedicated service. Shared diagrams include study results.
Single-line diagrams, library data and study results can be exported in a multitude of formats:
The minimum recommended ERACS system requirements are shown below. ERACS will support less, but will run slower...
System studies to examine the impact and limiting levels of penetration for wind turbine generation. Many aspects of system performance were examined; wind energy integration, modelling of mixed gas turbine and diesel generation; incorporation of power factor correction capacitors. Technical support provided in establishing operating policies.
RINA conducted electrical power system analysis, including the provision of protection settings for all the protective devices from the 11kV Distribution Network Operator (DNO) intake point down to the main 415V distribution switchboards.